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Business benefits of DevOps empower citizen developers
The mysteries once associated with coding and application development are gradually giving way to the forces of market demand for speed and simplicity. No sooner did we get somewhat comfortable with DevOps and what it means that a new wrinkle has developed. Enter business leaders, users and low-code platforms, and in a flash, the "developer" universe is a bit more crowded.
The December issue of Business Information opens with our editor's note and insight into the impetus behind this latest development, known as BizDevOps. Low-code and no-code platforms as well as modular technologies are smashing the slow, monolithic approach to app development and allowing businesspeople -- citizen developers -- to work with development and operations teams to produce custom apps more frequently and release them into the world a lot faster to remain competitive. Yet, the business benefits of DevOps can be too much of a good thing.
Along those lines, our cover story examines a nemesis that haunts most businesses -- app sprawl. Ironically, the method that makes app development easier and faster can actually help stall the sprawl. Several companies using citizen developers tell us the advantages of implementing low-code platforms with a slant toward business and customer needs. In another feature, we show how the business benefits of DevOps and microservices in mobile app development grease the skids for companies in the throes of their digital transformation.
Also in this issue, a well-known DevOps aficionado likens developing software to riding a skateboard, industry foot-soldiers sound off on the challenges of microservices, nontechnical developers earn their citizenship, traditional software developer jobs get less traditional, cloud communications technologies play a key role in digital-first companies and developer help wanted ads expand the definition of DevOps.
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Features in this issue
Low-code platforms make it easier for anyone to create apps, but did you know they can be used to stop the spread of app sprawl as well? Successful companies share their secrets.
Mobile application development is helping to spur adoption of DevOps and microservices, as enterprises embark on their own transformation to digital.
DevOps advocate Gene Kim is a tireless campaigner for the software development methodology and an enthusiastic newbie skateboarder. Here's why those two skill sets go together.
Digital transformation projects and strong customer relationships look rosier, thanks to cloud-based messaging capabilities. So says a recent survey.
Columns in this issue
The next IT mashup -- BizDevOps -- brings business leaders to the table, and new no-code/low-code platforms give them the tools to be active participants in app development.
Hiring software developers is hard enough, but finding the right ones for the job is even harder. Here's what you need to consider to future-proof your development team.
Three companies searched for DevOps engineers -- and posted three different job descriptions. All of which illustrates the difficulty in defining DevOps.