In today’s fast-paced business environment, software delivery has become a critical component of digital transformation. Organizations are constantly looking for ways to improve the speed, quality, and security of their software delivery processes to stay ahead of the competition. Software delivery is defining the winners in today’s digital economy. Transformation of the SDLC (Software Delivery Life Cycle) is key to faster, more secure code, that translates to delivering business value.

Here are six trends that are shaping the future of software delivery:

Progressive delivery

Progressive delivery is a set of tactics and tools used to deliver software changes incrementally and test them in production before making them available to all users. Companies are evolving their continuous integration (CI), continuous delivery (CD), and feature management approaches to scale up their progressive delivery capabilities.

  • “47% of developers use either continuous integration or deployment, but just 1 in 5 use both.”

The tactics, tools, and hardware needed for effective progressive delivery—including CI, CD, and feature management—are evolving as companies look for ways to combine the approaches at scale.

Securing the software supply chain

The SolarWinds attack highlighted the importance of securing the software supply chain. Organizations are taking steps to mitigate the risk of cyberattacks by implementing robust supply chain security measures.

  • Supply chain attacks increased by 51% between July and December 2021.”

Attacks like the one on SolarWinds were a wake-up call for organizations, shedding light on the need for evolving software supply chain security.

Value Stream Management (VSM)

VSM is a systems-thinking practice that helps organizations improve the flow of business operations to meet customer needs and deliver value. Companies are recognizing the need for VSM and incorporating it into their software delivery processes.

  • “Software development is the biggest challenge and cost of digital innovation.”

Companies now recognize the need for VSM, a systems-thinking practice to improve the flow of business operations to customer needs and value. Effectively implementing VSM, however, requires overarching tools that help streamline software development.

Modern software delivery

Automation, observability, and AIOps are key components of modern software delivery. Organizations are leveraging these tools to improve their software delivery processes and achieve faster time-to-market.

  • “AIOps needs a superstructure of interoperability.”

Along with automation and observability, AIOps is now a key component in modern software delivery. To make the most of these components, businesses need integrated DevOps superstructures that allow solutions to work in tandem.

People and culture

Building a thriving DevOps culture has always been important, but the advent of remote work and the accelerated pace of digital transformation have permanently changed operations. Companies are prioritizing the development of a strong software delivery culture to ensure team members are aligned and effective in their roles.

  • “68% of developers note communication and collaboration as key DevOps challenges, while 56% point to a lack of skills and knowledge.”

Building a thriving DevOps culture has always been a hot topic, but the advent of remote work combined with the accelerated pace of digital transformation has permanently changed operations.

Compliance in the age of transformation

Compliance is critical to digital transformation excellence, but it requires effective integration of DevSecOps. Organizations are striving to ensure their software delivery lifecycle is secure and compliant.

  • “While 90% of organizations are in some phase of their journey toward DevSecOps, only 30% have begun implementation.”

A secure and compliant software delivery lifecycle is the hallmark of digital transformation excellence, but it requires effective integration of DevSecOps.  Here is an example of an example of a DevOps platform trusted by Aliado,

Software delivery is constantly evolving, and organizations must stay up-to-date with the latest trends to remain competitive. By embracing progressive delivery, securing the software supply chain, implementing VSM, leveraging modern software delivery tools, building a strong software delivery culture, and prioritizing compliance, companies can achieve faster, more secure, and higher-quality software delivery.

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