Dynatrace joins forces with tech leaders to release OpenFeature

Software intelligence firm Dynatrace announced Thursday that it, along with a group of other technology leaders, has submitted OpenFeature to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) for consideration as a Sandbox project. The consortium includes Dynatrace, LaunchDarkly, GitLab, Split, Flagsmith, and CloudBees.

According to the company, signal and resource management solutions allow DevOps and SRE teams to enable and disable application functionality at runtime without executing new code. This simplifies and speeds up the delivery of personalized experiences and A/B testing, and mitigates potential issues. This approach is essential to modern continuous delivery practices. However, individual teams within organizations often use a variety of resource and signal management solutions, each with their own unique proprietary approach. This results in significant setup work and vendor dependency.

OpenFeature enables cloud-native teams to simplify feature release and adoption incremental delivery, along with other modern SRE and DevOps practices

OpenFeature will address these challenges by allowing teams to use any signal or resource management solution that supports this standard without additional integration or redesign. In addition, by facilitating the integration of reporting and resource management into the DevOps toolchain, OpenFeature will enable Dynatrace customers to scale responsiveness and intelligent automation to applications that have been enabled to identify resources at scale.

The need for a standard that simplifies methods for managing signals and resources was emphasized by consortium companies as well as industry analysts. “Feature reporting and management gives development teams more flexibility and confidence as they identify the most impactful features in their applications. Creating the OpenFeature standard will allow teams to more easily adopt the best solutions without introducing new integration requirements,” said Daniel O’Brien, ecosystem engineer at LaunchDarkly. A smoother user experience for DevOps and SRE teams and allows them to focus on delivering better, faster software.

Developers often encounter friction caused by managing a variety of resource management and reporting tools. When the difference is measured by release speed and quality and by automating manual tasks, removing this friction is essential. OpenFeature enables a frictionless experience, which in turn increases efficiency and redundancy,” noted Brendan O’Leary, team development evangelist at GitLab.

“Currently, the wide variety of approaches makes it difficult to configure and integrate feature reporting into a broader development tool chain and delivery pipeline. OpenFeature enables cloud-native teams to streamline feature release and scalable delivery, along with other recent SRE and DevOps practices. In Dynatrace, we will include this information in our Davis AIOps engine to help teams understand the impact of features on performance, resilience, and the digital experience.By working with a consortium of industry leaders to create this new open standard, we are taking a major step toward reducing complexity and freeing up more time for innovators. To deliver amazing new digital experiences to their customers,” said Alois Reitbauer, CPO of Cloud CPO. Dynatrace Automation.



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