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Streamlining DevOps can give any company a boost in a number of areas. For instance, bringing new products and/or services to market faster can give a company a competitive edge, thus increasing profits. This could be why so many businesses are looking to amp up their development teams with new talent.

In fact, the number of DevOps job openings increased by nearly 10 percent last year with 17 percent of companies fully adopting a developer-mindset. Many companies are looking to build out DevOps in areas like app development, big data, security, and open source cloud.

If your business is among the 60 percent of companies actively looking for more DevOps, you also need to consider arming your development team with the right development tools.

To help, we compiled a list of six development tools that your team can employ for enhanced DevOps to move your business forward in a powerful way. Let’s dive in!

1. Docker

Apps are very important to companies. It gives your business 24/7 access to customers due to the smartphone device they carry with them everywhere they go. This makes Docker an essential development tool for automated app deployment.

What makes Docker different than other app deployment tools is that it isolates apps into their own separate containers, allowing them to be portable and secure. Thus eliminating dependence on virtual machines.

You can get your registry from JFrog and access an end-to-end solution for development, analysis, artifact flow control and distribution. You can also integrate Docker with Bamboo and Jenkins (see below).

2. Jenkins

Another automated development tool, similar to Docker, is Jenkins. Jenkins is used by developers everywhere in the world, and for good reason. It’s an open source CI/CD server tool that makes automation of multiple pipeline stages possible.

Jenkins provides more than 1,000 plugins that are also compatible with many other development tools your DevOps team most likely uses. The customization available is what makes Jenkins a top development tool your business should definitely consider.

3. Raygun

Raygun makes monitoring app development errors easy. And simplifying any major DevOps task is a great way to keep development efficient and productive. Raygun is a premiere application performance monitoring, or APM, tool that can give your team a clearer picture of app errors with detailed crash reporting.

For example, your DevOps team of app developers and engineers can quickly examine, identify, and fix app performance issues. This makes finding that poor coding, API issues, and functionality problems far easier.

4. Gradle

One of the oldest development tools available today is Gradle. It has been in use by DevOps teams for over a decade. The reason it has lasted the test of time is its multi-tool functionality. Developers can easily use it to code in Python, C++, Java, and more.

Another great feature Gradle serves up is its compatibility with Netbeans, IntelliJ IDEA, and other IDEs. Did you know Gradle was used to build Google’s Android Studio? And Gradle is not just for big enterprise companies. Even a small business and team can get value from Gradle.

5. Git

Git is a source code management, or SCM, development tool that DevOps teams love, especially remote development teams your company outsources. It has features like development tracking, progress monitoring and reporting, and advanced build out saving. Git, however, needs to be used with repositories, such as GitHub and Bitbucket, in order for your development team to push projects.

6. Ansible

Configuration management is very important to developer and engineer teams, and Ansible is a development tool that makes those kinds of processes easier. You can use this tool to configure infrastructure, as well as automate deployment. The main reason most developers and engineers like to use Ansible is that it serves up an ease of use.

You can use Ansible without agents or daemons. This is great to decrease background running issues while in operation mode. Ansible is also lightweight and a secure way to develop with automated configuration management at the forefront.

Wrapping Up

These top six development tools are certainly important to your DevOps team. Expanding your development department is a great idea in today’s digital age but doing so without the must-have tools to support them may be a waste.

Give your team the tools to make every build a success, because time spent on issues can be very costly to any DevOps project. What’s your favorite development tool your team uses daily? We want to hear from you.

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