One of the latest trends in software development is the expansion and evolution of DevOps, in which developers work together with operations staff in order to ensure that the software of the company runs with a minimum of problems. And as such, many companies find themselves in a challenging situation because with the rise of cloud-based Web applications, apps must quickly release updates, mostly in response to issues or requests coming in from the user community. While responsiveness to their user base is the goal of every software development team, it can be a huge problem for the functional teams within the company simply because of the large scale of the task.

Essentially, DevOps attempts to solve this problem by developing a partnership between Development and Operations (hence DevOps). But while DevOps has emerged to be the “new normal” in software development, many companies that would not consider themselves “software developing companies” still need to use DevOps tools to react to user feedback in real-time, especially since almost all companies these days have some form of an app.

To explain this complicated issue, let’s use something that everyone loves as an example – pizza. More than two decades ago, pizza was one of the first things to be sold online. Ever since, America’s most prominent pizza chains have been leading the way in online sales innovation. And in the past few years, that innovation is continuing as pizza brands have started using cloud-based Web apps to one up each other.

However, Papa John’s Pizza (for example) was never at its core a software development company. But now, thanks to the world’s infatuation and drive for technology, the company needs to hire developers to run its app in order to please its customers so that sales to continue to rise. And Papa John’s isn’t the only company doing this, think about Dominos, Pizza Hut, and other world-wide pizza corporations that are all competing in the software development area.

So as every advanced company on the planet is transforming into a software company, and in order to remain competitive and give your customers what they want, companies just like Papa John’s Pizza have apps that are faster, and better, than their competition. And as such, the technology challenge of the next decade is how to turn these non-tech companies into lean, mean, tech machines that release software rapidly without introducing bugs or security vulnerabilities.

JFrog, the leading DevOps accelerator, is one of the companies on a mission to empower other companies (especially non-tech companies) to release software faster through universal solutions for the management, distribution and security scanning of binary software artifacts. As companies develop software today using several technologies, JFrog has built four products that will help companies manage with software updates and general cloud-based web issues: JFrog Artifactory, JFrog Bintray, JFrog Xray, and JFrog Mission Control.

With JFrog’s four products, the company is empowering non-tech companies that are now developing software to adopt DevOps practices, allowing them to securely scale up and automate in all stages of the development cycle, from development through distribution to end users and devices. So, back to pizza – with all of these pizza places that now have apps, JFrog helps their software teams seamlessly update the app, keeping all the hungry customers happy and full with delicious pizza!

So with JFrog, all companies are able to bounce past expectations in the software development and DevOps field. Here is to faster software updates, and more pizza, in 2017!