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The growing trend in adoption of DevOps practices and technologies saw the DevOps market generate $2.9 billion in 2017. By 2022, the market is predicted to reach $6.6 billion, and by 2025, $12.85 billion. DevOps has changed the software development industry. If teams focus on collaboration and communication, they can experience increased speed and adaptability in their projects. As businesses strive for automation and optimization, DevOps grows in popularity. Let’s take a look at the predicted direction for DevOps in 2020.

The State of DevOps in 2020

Zero-touch automation.

Companies implementing DevOps principles have seen their processes become more efficient, and their deployments increase in speed and frequency. As artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities continue to mature, we will observe an increase in the demand for automation tools to replace monotonous tasks. Zero-touch automation leverages machine learning to automate tasks, without the need for human intervention. There is opportunity to leverage zero-touch automation throughout the DevOps cycle, further increasing speed, agility and efficiency.

DevOps assembly lines. 

We have moved away from continuous integration (CI) toward continuous delivery (CD). Consequently, we can see great value in DevOps assembly lines. Assembly lines automate the connection between different business activities. DevOps improves collaboration of planning and automation for delivery procedures. By investing in understanding and implementation of assembly lines, businesses take important steps toward streamlining their entire software development process.

An emphasis on value over speed. 

DevOps principles are based on ongoing change and improvement. DevOps success metrics measure speed and frequency of deployment. All businesses will soon be considered software businesses. More emphasis and concentration will shift toward the customer experience, which will become a key point of difference. DevOps principles must look beyond speed, to outline how increased speed and efficiency benefits a business.Business value and customer satisfaction will be prioritised over speed.

Serverless computing. 

DevOps is driving the movement toward serverless computing. Gartner forecasts that by 2022, more than $1.3T in IT spending will be affected by a shift to the cloud. Cloud technology removes physical hardware and intangible barriers to utilise serverless computing. Severless computing simplifies operations to make application development scalable. Incorporating severless computing into DevOps practice will allow teams to focus on innovation, more than maintenance.

Security first, DevSecOps.

Advances in software, machine learning, and AI capabilities increase security breaches and security threats. More businesses are showing a demand for cyber security tools, prompting the emergence of DevSecOps. DevSecOps decreases potential vulnerabilities by embedding security into the app development life cycle in early development stages. DevSecOps allows teams to take a more programmatic approach to application security. Consequently, teams can identify potential security issues in modern software and infrastructure during development to derisk applications faster.

Low Code DevOps.

DevOps helps teams gain momentum.To futher increase this momentum, low code tools can be implemented into DevOps practiswe. By using drag and drop or point and click user interfaces (UI), a wider range of technologists can contribute to development. Thus, business agility is accelerated and processes become more efficient.

The future of DevOps.

DevOps is on an upward trend, and as the practice continues to gain traction, we will continue to see organisations embrace DevOps principles in 2020 and beyond. Early adopters will likely stay ahead of the curve, innovating and optimizing their continuous delivery processes throughout their businesses in the year ahead. As cloud technologies continue to grow, we will likely observe a DevOps first mindset emerge in all new developments.

Get started with DevOps in 2020.

SMEx Digital is a full service DevOps and Agile consulting agency, servicing businesses across Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne. If you’re ready to get started with your DevOps journey, or interested in learning more about the value of DevOps within your business, contact us now.