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Rapid Adoption and Impact of Platform Engineering



Overview:


Platform engineering has been gaining traction over the last few years, with some likening it to the next iteration of DevOps. Organizations are increasingly recognizing the pivotal role of technology infrastructure in driving innovation, scalability, and efficiency.


Adoption of Agile, DevOps and TeamFirst approaches, along with rapid development of cloud and deployment tools has led to explosive growth in software development across all segments of the economy.


Businesses have begun to actively increase in-house development in an attempt to improve their own efficiency and occupy new market niches.


Bridging gap between development and operations:


Gartner has called platform engineering one of the top strategic trends of 2024 and has predicted that 80% of large software engineering organizations will establish platform engineering teams by 2026. Platform engineering will ultimately solve the central problem of cooperation between software developers and operators.


Platform engineering consists if three layers: the top layer is the developer experience, which involves tools that developer directly engage with; the bottom layer is the infrastructure components that must be combined to build application environments; and the middle is the software engineering platform where all the processes that are required to create and deliver software are being orchestrated.


Platform engineering promotes the use of scalable, cloud-native architectures, allowing applications to scale effortlessly to meet changing demand without manual intervention.


By automating infrastructure management tasks, platform engineering frees up valuable time and resources that can be reinvested in innovation and product development.


It also fosters collaboration between development and operations teams, breaking down silos and promoting a culture of continuous improvement.


In addition, platform engineering addresses the inefficiencies caused by the decentralization of tools and processes in DevOps, especially as organizations scale. This approach provides a more organized and centralized framework, which is essential in managing the complexities of modern software development environments.


The development of a new generation of tools has made platform engineering one of the hottest topics of conversation within the DevOps community. These tools aim to make building and maintaining platforms easier.


Industry examples:


Platform engineering space encompasses a wide range of companies, from cloud service providers to specialized PaaS and IaaS providers.


AWS offers a comprehensive suite of tools and services for building, deploying and managing applications at scale, with offerings like AWS Lamba for serverless computing and Amazon EC2 for virtual server instances. GCP’s Kubernetes Engine and Anthos platform provide powerful solutions for container orchestration and hybrid cloud management, empowering organizations to build and manage modern, distributed applications with ease.


Netflix is pioneering platform engineering in the entertainment streaming segment by leveraging microservices architecture, chaos engineering and data-driven insights to deliver a seamless user experience at scale.


Accenture, TCS, Wipro, Capgemini and HCL Tech are the top platform engineering players in IT services segment.


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