DevOps Challenges in 2019 and How to Overcome Them
New DevOps adopters should be aware of some of the challenges that they will face when using DevOps.
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As DevOps is becoming mainstream, multiple teams ask themselves where they should begin with DevOps adoption, what challenges they are going to face along the way, and how to resolve those challenges. Every year more and more companies are expected to move from traditional waterfall approaches to DevOps.
Many software development companies look at DevOps as a pinnacle of what a company can reach in terms of effectiveness, which is a little bit hard. Addressing challenges can reduce your productivity substantially while an adaption to DevOps approaches resulting in diverse automation tools and lack of coordination among development processes.
In this article, we will be discussing some of the biggest challenges faced by DevOps in 2019 and what measures can be taken to overcome them.
Focus on Legacy Apps and Systems
The first and primary challenges faced by DevOps teams involve facing legacy applications which were built without keeping DevOps in mind. This might seem harmless, but it's pretty tricky for the transition. You need to maintain these legacy systems even if you focus on new apps and systems with DevOps.
There are other reasons for transitioning with legacy applications. In the beginning, you need to work on phasing them out altogether or gradually slowing down the transitioning customers to a new version that is maintained with a DevOps system. Otherwise, you can try to create a new system for maintaining your legacy apps which will not interfere with your DevOps system. You can also use a Scala Performance measuring tool like AppOptics which can help to phase out non-DevOps systems in the upcoming years.
Select the Right Projects
For a new DevOps team, it may seem smart to choose DevOps for every new project, but that cannot be the case all the time. DevOps is not mandatory as sometimes it can slow down the entire production process if not implemented properly. So you should be diligent when selecting projects to use DevOps. When it comes to thinking about whether DevOps is necessary or not, it is best to remember that DevOps is an operational strategy that won't be the right fit all the time.
If you are working to scale your software quickly and gain more speed from its agility, then DevOps is a smart choice. Also, DevOps doesn't work all the time and so it should not be treated as a go-to solution that will solve all your problems. For instance, if you are using an older system, it is better to stick to old methods and processes as it is not possible all time to find automated systems for these.
In addition to this, planning and designing work is seen as a poor fit for DevOps as going through design and UX is a more successful way to approach the process instead of constant improvement.
One thing that has not changed is the requirement for extensive testing, as user expectations are leveling up. Thanks to DevOps, now it is possible to create and release products faster, buy you should not do it but sacrificing sufficient product testing before release.
DevOps is great at multiple things but it also has some limitations as far as bugs are concerned. Fortunately, there are tons of tools like Tricentis and Zephyr to help you ensure the top performance of your released products.
Elusive People Problems
With various studies and researches about DevOps, it is quite a wonder that many teams are yet struggling with a challenge called "people problems." The problem deals with developers and management themselves as they create an environment where DevOps fails to start. This trouble begins with a lack of experience as many teams simply adopt DevOps because of the shiny-object syndrome and end up experiencing disasters.
Another hurdle can be a lack of poor leadership as DevOps teams need to have abundant freedom to make strategic decisions for the projects. With the support of strong leadership, you can make your DevOps efforts by training your entire development and operational team.
What Is the Future of DevOps in 2019?
DevOps is on track to grab the top position in developers' minds in 2019 and it is easy to see why. The DevOps approach findgs room for both automation and constant improvements, which are vital in our modern technological world.
As we discussed above, there are many challenges which are still threatening the DevOps success for many teams this following year. If you are thinking of DevOps or searching for better ways to improve your own strategy and embrace these above challenges, it can be resolved better with the right patience and commitment. Keep learning!
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