Many experts predict that DevOps will become mainstream with its popularity expected to reach its peak in 2019.

DevOps has changed significantly since its early days to its current state of being a key trend in the world of software. Many experts predict that DevOps will become mainstream with its popularity expected to reach its peak in 2019.

The graph below shows how the term DevOps has increased in popularity in Google search and includes a forecast for what the growth will look like in 2019.

The adoption of DevOps increased by approximately 8% in 2016, 10% in 2017 and nearly 17% in 2018. That number is expected to grow even more significantly in 2019, as indicated above.

In this Forrester report, DevOps was reported to be one of the main trends in 2018. What will be next?

1. The focus is being shifted from Continuous Integration (CI) Pipelines to DevOps Assembly Lines

Pipelines provide a complete visualization of applications from the control of all versions to production. Everything can be seen clearly. This is not only true about CI, but also about CD (Continuous Delivery). In 2019, there will be a transition from simple CI pipelines to modular DevOps lines.

2. Automation will be the most important for DevOps

DevOps is focused on automation. Understanding the 6 key stages of the DevOps cycle and providing automation between these stages will be the main goal in 2019.

3. Testers will begin to learn to code. Testers that learn how to code and create automated scripts for various uses will be of tremendous value for DevOps. For testers who are trying to decide whether to study programming, the answer is an unequivocal ‒ yes. Some experts believe that testers must learn to write code for their tasks or they will become extinct. In 2019, manual testing is considered to be outdated as it simply takes too much time.

4. Increased adoption of Microservices Architecture

DevOps and Microservices go hand in hand. The advantage of Microservices is that they are independent and do not disrupt the work of other systems. Microservices architecture helps companies easily add and deploy new application functions.

5. Increased Use of Kubernetes

Kubernetes has become the fastest growing container technology due to its capabilities and simplicity. There is also a full-fledged community of developers around Kubernetes. CIOs around the world are turning to Kubernetes and this adoption is expected to continue to grow. A recent survey by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation confirms the transition over to Kubernetes.

6. DevSecOps: Security from the start

Applying CI / CD allows developers to quickly respond to business needs by creating the required functionality. Moreover, CI / CD can also be automated which makes it a safe solution. Cybersecurity tools will gradually cease to be a superstructure over IT solutions. Instead, they will become an internal, organic part of IT systems, eliminating the need for the business to think about how to protect their solutions further. That is why the DevSecOps trend is gaining momentum. This image shows the difference between DevOps and DevSecOps.

7. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) will contribute to the growth of DevOps

AI and ML are a perfect fit with the culture of DevOps. Using AI and ML will help process large amounts of information and solve complex problems, which will free up IT staff resources to work on priority projects.

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