The DevOps world moves fast. The mission to build, test, and release software as quickly and reliably as possible produces constant change and innovation. What trends can we expect through 2020 in DevOps? What challenges and opportunities will define the field this year?

1. Maxed out DevOps teams will need more automation

This might seem like an odd place to start. However, within DevOps there is an increasing focus on the human environment of digital systems delivery, and a rise in the understanding that employee experience leads to customer experience. Rani Osnat, vice president of strategy for Aqua Security, thinks 2020 may be the year that DevOps teams finally start to max out within many organizations:

“DevOps teams will find themselves taking on more and more responsibilities, including more security and quality automation… The solution,” Osnat believes, “lies in automating practices into the DevOps processes and toolchain, enabling a more integrated ‘detect early, fix fast’ environment.” 

An ongoing IT skills shortage and a need to automate as many processes as possible will mean that more and more organizations need precisely the streamlining power of a tool like Opsani.

2. Low-code development will continue to rise in popularity 

To bring out more opportunities for innovation, chief information officers (CIOs) have increasingly explored using low- to no-code development tools. More people now have the ability to take part in software and app development, which expedites the overall process.

In terms of testing, however, this requires additional nuances in assessing software, more test cases, and wider coverage. This demand will continue through 2020, as DevOps teams will need to show faster and faster feedback in testing.


3. IP protection and security will become a key issue

As predicted by Enterprise IT strategist Brad Snow, cybersecurity will continue to be a major issue in 2020, driving more companies to pay strict attention to their compromisable data. Stolen user data has been a topic of a bunch of headlines this year, but Brad says that stolen intellectual property is just as big a threat.

“Although it’s difficult to assign an exact value to the amount of intellectual property that is stolen annually, we can all agree it is astronomical. In response, worldwide enterprise security spending is forecasted to grow to $124 billion this year,” Brad says.

IP Protection and security is a vital, organization-wide issue; DevOps teams should expect to have to pay more and more attention to the issue through 2020.

4. AI and ML will continue to influence skill set requirements

Industry experts predict that, during 2020, AI and machine learning will become an ever more integral part of test creation, execution, and automation. This shift will mean that skill set requirements have to change, requiring more data and analytics experience and more knowledge in data science and deep learning within software testing jobs. DevOps teams that stay ahead of this curve will be the ones that thrive.

5. The CI/CD toolchain will need CO more and more 

Through 2020, the overall speed of DevOps will pick up. This will drive a demand for deeper teamwork across departments, and a need to blend skill sets and low code technology to ensure continuous deployment and testing.

As apps get more complex, DevOps will require the help of Cloud Optimization if they are to minimize the cost and maximize the performance of deployed applications and software. Even a 5-container application can have trillions of basic resource and parameter permutations, and so finding the right combination of cost-effectiveness and performance will need the unique capabilities of AI and ML.

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Opsani gives companies a chance to integrate Cloud Optimization in their CI/CD toolchain. With Opsani AI, your apps and systems will achieve maximum efficiency; the best performance possible with the lowest cost incurred.

2020 looks to be a time of both challenges and opportunities for DevOps teams. We believe that Cloud Optimization represents an integral part of a healthy DevOps future. 

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