It is now universally agreed that DevOps has revolutionised testing and development - and it is here to stay. So, there's a lot to consider, and it’s a complex road to getting it right. But, ultimately, we believe that leaders who don’t adequately support DevOps within their organisations — whether it’s in getting the right tools, hiring the right teams, employing the right processes or backing new ways of working — will pay dearly for their decisions in the long term.
What’s less well covered by the media, but still crucial to business growth, is what’s happening behind the scenes in application development and testing. The DevOps function - in theory the seamless integration of app development, testing and quality assurance - is increasingly being recognised as a strategic business function, as it powers the delivery of products and services with maximum efficiency, speed and quality. Innovations in this field may be make or break for a business.So let’s have a look at the game changing innovations in 2019.
The days of a clear distinction between Dev and Ops are over. This set-up; "build the product" (Dev) and "maintain the product" (Ops) create a “them and us” attitude where ideas aren’t shared and collaboration is discouraged. When selecting a Digital Transformation strategy, these newly formed DevOps teams must look at the methods they use to adopt an Agile strategy. Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD) and Continuous Testing (CT) are the top three methods - and while each serves a slightly different objective, when combined they can significantly help achieve velocity and quality.
2018 is likely to be remembered as the year that artificial intelligence and machine learning finally took root in the DevOps consciousness. Organizations are still struggling to increase the degree of their test automation for desktop web apps, whether responsive or progressive, as well as native mobile apps. Mastering agile and DevOps processes and implementing stable continuous testing strategies are amongst the top challenges teams are facing. For 2019, we predict that there will be few significant advancements in the software industry that will enhance overall maturity in DevOps and Continuous Testing.