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5 Predictions for DevOps in 2016


The software development lifecycle of today is a merger of development and operations, which aims to accelerate innovation and meet growing IT demands. The unity between DevOps helps streamline the IT value chain and emphasizes rapid, small, iterative development and deployment of various types of applications.

In the age of the digital revolution, developers and operations staff are finding themselves working together more closely and more often. The entire software development lifecycle (SDL) is evolving and the public sector needs to ensure that they are reacting fast enough to this change to meet quality and efficiency standards.

In light of these developments, here are the top five predictions from Hewlett Packard Enterprise for DevOps in 2016:

  1. Large agencies will get onboard fully

Software releases in agencies are still slow, costly, and full of bugs. Management must take interest of incorporating DevOps into their IT processes, as DevOps cannot be accomplished without executive leadership. DevOps requires a fair amount of experimentation and a tolerance for failure—this trial and error mentality might not be acceptable to an organization’s leaders unless they’re confident that the eventual outcome will be worth it.

DevOps will play a central role as agencies begin to modernize legacy applications in 2016 and beyond. Within five years, DevOps will be the norm when it comes to software development; it’s critical to start making changes now to ensure your agency is not left behind.

  1. Standards will emerge

As different teams and agencies experiment with DevOps and share their successes, there will be opportunities to standardize best practices gleaned from the lessons learned. Initially, the goal of standardization will be to help mitigate the risk of scaling DevOps practices. New standards could involve everything from testing processes, to determining the best deployment tools, to how to use internal coaching across teams. Eventually, as best practices emerge and are validated, they will likely become adopted and universal across agencies.

  1. Security will increasingly become integrated with DevOps

The accelerating pace of software delivery poses a challenge for security teams since their primary focus is on releasing and maintaining safe and secure applications. Doing things faster doesn’t necessarily give them the needed time to thoroughly vet applications before they get into end users’ hands. The challenge lies in finding the right combination of processes that allows thorough security assessments and keeps software releases flowing at a rapid pace.

Security practices and testing must be implemented into the development process at the very beginning. Click here to watch our webcast to learn how your organization can easily implement these security needs into your DevOps process.

  1. Key technology adaptations that enable DevOps will take off

Strategic technology models and practices are helping IT maximize speed and quality throughout the SDL, such as increasing automation, decreasing latency, and enabling visibility. The key is to automate as much as possible, fine-tune processes, and define and measure key metrics. These concepts will help decrease cycle times in development, speed up the delivery pipeline, and meet agency demands. Download our HPE Unified Functional Testing whitepaper to learn more on automating software testing.

  1. Job roles will evolve

DevOps adoptions will force everyone to learn new skills—not just from a technical perspective, but also from a cultural one. As developers become more familiar with infrastructure, and operations staff gets more familiar with code, it’s inevitable that jobs will begin to evolve. Roles will transform as teams become more horizontally embedded around enterprise software and applications, and multiple roles become part of the extended DevOps delivery chain.

Stay ahead of the DevOps revolution. Join us at the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Government Summit on April 13 in Washington DC to learn more about DevOps and how it can benefit your agency. Click here to register now.

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