Designing Operations To Anticipate Common Challenges

The majority of issues facing DevOps teams today are going to be the same kind facing the teams of yesteryear, with slight augmentation. Think of it like a remake of a popular film. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was basically A New Hope, but modernized. Well, it’s similar with many DevOps groups. What you face in 2019, 2020, and beyond will reflect normal trends.

For example, cloud computing and IoT are coming to define the market today, fostering decentralization. You’ll have to contend with this, but it’s going to be in a way which is similar to dealing with challenges of the past. You’ll need to work as a team, develop programming solutions, institute an effective logging framework, and stay on top of it.

Following, several key things DevOps teams are likely going to experience in 2019, and going forward, will be briefly explored. Generally, the tactics here will represent recommendable future strategies, though these have been designed specifically to address today’s tech market.

1. Maintaining Software Integrity

Whether you’re developing software to be used on a decentralized cloud network, or you’re developing apps designed for use on smartphones, you’re going to need a means of keeping the integrity of software secure.

You’ll want a logging framework, and a means of escalating issues effectively as necessary. At, text messages can be automatically sent out as a means of facilitating proper escalation.

Software isn’t static. Since the market shifts, the devices interacting with software transition, and traffic increases, previous thresholds and programming solutions will gradually become less effective.

Also, natural human error cannot be eliminated from programming, and without logging frameworks or escalation protocols, these can go unaddressed. In order to overcome natural human error and shifting needs of the market, you’ll need logging and escalation frameworks.

2. Sourcing The Right Personnel

This issue is always hard for DevOps teams, but today especially there are difficulties you’ll need to contend with. For one thing, the market now belongs to the employees. Anyone with requisite skill can hold out for higher pay from employers. Now granted, there does seem to be a slight diminution of this trend. Still, you’ll have to hire competitively.

Assign little tests for prospective employees that can help you determine their skill. Have them solve difficult problems. Know what you’re looking for beforehand, and ensure you interview multiple candidates before settling on one. Once you’ve got your team put together, facilitate a career path that grows as your business does. You want to keep good workers around.

3. Keeping Pace With The Market: IoT

One of the reasons IoT, or the Internet of Things, is so big is owing to the potentiality of decentralized solutions. Cloud design apps can allow a design business to co-opt the server array of a professional cloud to put together software. This can give a startup DevOps team more design “horsepower” than perhaps they could achieve otherwise.

But there are collateral considerations. For one thing, decentralization is now predicating how software is designed. For another, AR, or Augmented Reality, is just around the corner. While options like Google Glass have yet to catch on, they are on the near horizon. A DevOps team has to develop flexible solutions requisite to market transitions such as IoT and AR.

Finding Your Balance

Development best practices (including well-managed Agile frameworks, logging protocols, and escalation tactics), keeping pace with the market, sourcing the right personnel, and maintaining proactive operational policies can all be key in helping your DevOps team overcome the biggest difficulties of modern software management. Additionally, such tactics should help serve you going forward.