To ensure that a company can stay successful, its digital component must remain a focus for the company. This includes maintaining a social media presence, regular communications and content postings, and software updates for applicable sites. Indeed, companies must communicate regularly and remain current with their target audience so that consumers can stay involved with the company’s campaigns and keep up with their products. To accomplish this, companies must focus on modernizing their architecture, infrastructure, and processes to deliver high-quality products in a time-sensitive manner. The need to be agile and responsive means that drawn-out, time-consuming development projects are no longer acceptable. Therefore, it is in a company’s best interest to automate their software development and delivery methods in order to keep up in this fast-paced world. One company, Docker, provides a model framework that can be utilized by other companies to meet this requirement.
Docker offers its container application workloads as a means to help companies deliver software quickly. “Containers” allow application developers to package, ship, and distribute identical application components across multiple media platforms without alteration. Container offerings such as Docker’s are bureaucratizing virtualization, making it available to developers in a user-friendly environment. Currently, Docker is expanding on their approach by coordinating with other platforms such as Windows Workloads. This allows users to create Windows-based containers from existing servers and distribute the software across most, if not all, servers. With the means to automate a company’s software and content, workflow in support of these efforts will be much easier, efficient, deadline-driven, and accurate as well as content-based.
Docker might just be a first glimpse into the future of app-development. Many app-developers today have been integrating Docker into their deployment workflow because of the capability to run it from practically anywhere via any applicable cloud-hosting provider. Such efficiency reduces the time, energy, and cost of product development. This, in turn, demonstrates the need for all digitally-present companies and app developers to be aware of this capability and integrate it accordingly into their own functions, operations and offerings.