“As you go ahead, new things get added” , this is nature’s law. Same is the case with technology. With the emergence of innovations every day, we are adapting to them at an incredible pace.
Agile and DevOps are hitting the market in the software companies. These two methodologies coordinate and speed up the software delivery. Many organizations have succeeded in implementing agile and devops methodologies. In IT and Operations, Agile has enhanced productivity manyfold in software technology.
DevOps and Agile are not exactly the same thing. But they are complementary to each other, in delivering, deploying and processing the things faster. The core functionality of Agile is to gather product requirements from clients to development. DevOps, on the other hand, drives that product from development to operations, or from development to deployment.
DevOps has a relatively slower approach in deploying products. But it has the same target as Agile development. The aim behind Agile development is Productivity and Reliability. So, Agile acts like a propeller for DevOps to work faster, to get quality product at the end.
Agile development is the method for developing software, whereas DevOps, is all about delivering the developed software to customers in the most reliable manner. You can say that, Agile is all about development. DevOps and Agile differ to some degree in terms of the skills entailed. Yet, both have a large impact on conveyance and collaboration within the teams and the company.
In the recent year, due to the the growing adoption of Agile and DevOps practices, the emerging trends of these methodologies in the year 2017 are beneficial. Here are some interesting trends that every enterprise software engineer need to know:
- DevOps is getting Smarter this year:
When DevOps got introduced, many enterprise firms adopted it to improve IT service delivery. DevOps aims to improve collaboration between development and operation teams. It is increasingly accepted by many large cloud service providers. “In response to the rapid change in business today, DevOps can help organizations that are pushing to implement a bimodal strategy to support their digitization efforts,” said Laurie Wurster, research director at Gartner.
In addition to that, DevOps is going to mainstream this year through the use of software tools like Docker, AWS, GitHub and JIRA to support productivity. This emerging culture focusses on the people to make sure that they get quality software.
- Gaining 3 C’s – Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment, and Continuous Delivery:
Continuous Integration is a level of software testing where individual units are combined and tested as a group. It is the process following Unit testing. This helps the Agile team to give rapid feedback over market demands and eliminate errors quickly.
Continuous Delivery (CD) is a software development practice wherein continuous integration, automated testing, and final product deployment yields quality assured software. It is deployed rapidly and reliably.
Continuous Deployment is a software development practice in which every code change goes through the unit testing. Further, it proceeds for automated Integration testing. Final deployment is the manual step. After this process, it is automatically pushed to Production.
DevOps will be more effective with this trend.
- Automation and continuous testing will be among this year’s biggest winners:Automation testing is the testing method which is used to simplify the test execution cases. It increases the execution speed of manual testing. In Manual testing, the tester tests the system part by part, which is time consuming. Because of this, many companies try to take their manual test cases into an automated test case to save time. Automated testing tools like selenium, TestingWhiz, TestComplete etc, execute the test steps automatically without human intervention. You can see more such applications of Automated Testing in future.
- ‘Containerization’ is going to be in the limelight:Containerization is a lightweight alternative which provides a way to run multiple applications. Container technologies provide significant benefits to DevOps. These include- increased capacity, resource efficiency, and quick recovery. To achieve this, Devops is now using the tool, Docker, provided by Docker Company. Using the Docker platform, an application can be packaged into a unit,s which can be referred to as an image. Docker can then run that image. Each image resides within a container. In this way security is also maintained due to Containerization, which is the main factor nowadays.