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The working from home boosts the demand for DevOps

In these times of epidemic, DevOps can very well adopt the change caused by COVID-19 due to its very autonomous and distributed nature and is by default built for remote operations. If your development team works from home, office or any other place, DevOps can be the best fit for your organization to achieve the same.

In general, developers are maintaining their pace despite some disruptions in development activity stated in the recent developer activity report by GitHub in the COVID-19. According to the report, developer activity remains largely consistent or increased compared to last year, so that means that developers have continued to contribute and show resilience in the face of uncertainty.

For this work-at-home period, business continuity is also important along with such critical IT services like healthcare and administration. It means an ability to communicate often and be able to reach out to various groups to keep things going, maintaining everyone in sync and feeling secure.

Now more than ever is the right moment for DevOps approach which syncs, organizes and automates the pace of software release, and has everything to support complete software delivery. DevOps provides development teams easy access to debug the source code and make necessary changes in the code. It also helps in preventing and minimizing the risks associated with the deployment process.

According to the latest report “DevOps Market by Component Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 – 2026″ by Global Market Insights, the market valuation of DevOps will register around 22% gain during the next 6 years and reach $17 billion by 2026. The growing demand to minimize the system development lifecycle and increase business productivity through quick application delivery will boost the market demand.

Below are some areas for consideration when adopting and enhancing DevOps culture across remote teams.

  • Push Infrastructure and DevOps to the cloud: In times of uncertainty, it makes sense to push all DevOps tools into the cloud or use a cloud-native version of tools to support remote operation and monitoring of the DevOps process.

  • Encourage flexible ways of working: Companies and organizations that can adapt their processes and embrace new ways of working quickly will be resilient and successful. It includes introducing flexible tools and processes to plan and track work such as enhancements, tasks, features, and bugs, which will help support developer productivity anywhere work happens, stated in GitHub report.

  • Accelerate automation: This is the time when machines should be more in charge of operations than humans. Automation can complete the task much faster — be it testing functionalities, finding vulnerabilities in product, or doing deployment to multiple environments at the same time.

  • Watch for burnout: During the outbreak, developers are working longer hours and having more work as the GitHub survey Besides, having their family obligations while working from home. All that may cause burnout. So, it makes sense to set up a sustainable workload for yourself and the team and take breaks, establish a supportive work community with clear boundaries for work and personal life.

With the move to remote work, organizations will be more open to more flexible or remote work arrangements. DevOps has all to sustain in this crisis and to contribute to the organizations. Some companies have decided to hire in-house DevOps engineers when others prefer to outsource their DevOps processes to a reliable partner in Ukraine. One of the main reasons why they do it is Ukraine has a huge talent pool of highly qualified tech experts.

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