The promise of DevSecOps AIOps: simplified toolchains & toughened runtimes

Always a sucker for pre-packed airline food and not enough sleep, the Computer Weekly Developer Network team is in Las Vegas (virtually) for Dynatrace Perform 2022.

With Covid-19 variants keeping us at home, we deliberately got up at 4am just to manufacture a degree of homemade jetlag and read through the newswires. Among the software intelligence company’s latest breakers is the launch of its DevSecOps Automation Partner Program.

This work is intended to help ‘alliance and solution partners’ (Ed – is there any other kind?) to extend the capabilities of their DevSecOps offerings through integrations with the Dynatrace platform.

The program also provides DevSecOps teams with access to more than a dozen technologies including Atlassian Bitbucket, Azure DevOps, Gremlin, JFrog Pipelines, PagerDuty, GitLab, Slack, Snyk, Tricentis NeoLoad and LaunchDarkly.

Toolchains & runtimes

Teams can combine these solutions with Dynatrace, enabling them to use its observability, runtime application security and AIOps capabilities. This reduces manual effort related to managing complex toolchains and drives higher throughput and quality through AI-assisted analytics and continual automation across the software development lifecycle (SDLC).

“Development teams are increasingly adopting an array of specialised solutions to help orchestrate processes across the SDLC,” said Dr KellyAnn Fitzpatrick, senior industry analyst at RedMonk.

“While adopting best-of-breed solutions has clear benefits, it also can contribute to the Developer Experience Gap: the disjointed experience that results when tools and processes are cobbled together with the technical equivalent of duct tape. Aiming to bridge this gap, the Dynatrace platform enables teams to automate actions and simultaneously integrate multiple adjacent DevOps and DevSecOps solutions, thereby more seamlessly extending observability and automation processes,” enthused Fitzpatrick, in no uncertain terms.

The essential need across DevSecOps teams for a platform that unifies observability, security and AIOps is underscored by participating partners at this year’s Vegas (sorry, online virtual) conference.

Nima Badiey, global VP of alliances at GitLab Inc. says that visibility and monitoring of application health needs to start long before deployment, with forethought and event-driven KPIs during the software development process.

“GitLab’s DevOps Platform utilises industry-standard DORA metrics to track operational performance and with this new partnership with Dynatrace, developers can leverage broader AI-enabled observability and automation to anticipate and remediate potential issues before they go into production,” said Badiey.

NOTE: According to LeanIX, DORA metrics are used by DevOps teams to measure their performance and find out whether they are ‘low performers’ to ‘elite performers’. The four metrics used are deployment frequency (DF), lead time for changes (LT), mean time to recovery (MTTR) and change failure rate (CFR).

Integrations will be (are) available in the Dynatrace Hub, which is accessible for customers through the Dynatrace platform.


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