The most popular provider in the category of Teamwork 2020

IT Awards 2020 The most popular provider in the category of Teamwork 2020

A smooth collaboration is for DevOps and Developer Teams in General to be indispensable to implement projects successfully. Powerful Communication and Collaboration Tools have gained considerably in importance.


An important part of the DevOps culture of smooth, prompt and transparent communication between all parties Involved.An important part of the DevOps culture of smooth, prompt and transparent communication between all parties Involved.

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Just in software development, communication, and collaboration are crucial. This is also the “2020 DevSecOps Survey occupied” by GitLab: Therefore, there is a Consensus among developers, Security professionals, Ops team members and testers that Communication and Collaboration are key Skills for DevOps. Or as he put it, a Senior Solutions Architect Darwin Sanjoy: “You can’t have a brain that knows everything”.

Together, pull together

An important part of the DevOps culture of smooth, prompt and transparent communication is – and between Teams, which was said to have, in the past, often a rather strained relationship with each other. Today, all of the previously separate Teams roles across the complete project Lifecycle to combine a seamless cooperation. Just as agile, flexible development processes and quick responses to problems are possible.

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A variety of Tools and platforms to support these requirements: well-Known representative of Slack, Microsoft Teams, GitHub, Jira or Confluence, for example. They all have a different focus, ranging from Instant Messaging, with links to other Collaboration Tools, knowledge databases, to complete project management suites.

Basically, the work across departmental boundaries and Hierarchy, it is possible to. The team members work in an interdisciplinary team to achieve a common goal. Solutions and Tools for the “Collaborative Reviewing” allow the simultaneous work on the project, thereby going beyond the classic file sharing method.

Classical methods in a modern guise

In addition to the previously mentioned Tools, there are also other approaches, the DevOps requirements. One of them is the Kanban method. Its roots lie in the Toyota production system, which was already established in the 40s of the last century. Then, as now, the procedure aims to minimize unnecessary Work and to achieve short lead times.

This System of lean production (Lean Production) was combined for use in software development with the principles of “Lean Development”, the “Theory of Constraints” and elements of risk management. As the inventor David J. Anderson, published in 2010, is the first book on the topic is.

Kanban is a Pull System and continuous, incremental and evolutionary changes to the current project. Small steps are anticipated major changes, since the latter often lead to uncertainty and encounter resistance. An introduction is relatively easy because of the principle of respect already existing processes, roles and responsibilities, and maintains.

In addition, the participants will be encouraged to develop and apply at all levels of responsibility. Kanban has some similarities to the agile Management Framework Scrum is focused more on the optimal value to generation along the value chain, instead of the Team in the center.

Promising Prospects

For a provider of Communication and Collaboration Tools in the DevOps environment, the prospects are good. According to the market researchers at IDC, the global market volume for DevOps Software Tools in 2019 at US $ 8.5 billion, compared with a strong double-digit growth. Due to the current Corona pandemic and its impact on the global economy, experts are forecasting for 2020 and 2021 only with an increase in the single-digit percentage range. This could change, but already in 2022 and later return to stronger growth, with double-digit growth rates.

As Trends, market researchers see a trend towards reduced complexity, which is achieved by the introduction of a more standardised set of Toolchains and Workflows. Moreover, an increasing market consolidation is expected, not least due to various Open-Source solutions. The latter will increase the pressure currently, due to the crisis on the commercial providers of DevOps Tools.


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