Dynatrace Joins Forces with Technology Leaders to Launch OpenFeature
May 19, 2022
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Dynatrace, along with a consortium 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.

Feature flagging and management solutions enable DevOps and SRE teams to turn application functionality on and off at runtime without deploying new code. This simplifies and accelerates the delivery of personalized experiences, A/B testing, and the mitigation of potential issues. This approach is essential for modern continuous delivery practices. However, individual teams within organizations often use a variety of feature flagging and management solutions, each with a unique, proprietary approach. This results in significant integration work and vendor lock-in.

OpenFeature will address these challenges by enabling teams to use any feature flagging or management solution that supports this standard without additional integration or re-architecting. In addition, by making it easier to integrate feature flagging and management into the DevOps toolchain, OpenFeature will allow Dynatrace customers to seamlessly extend answers and intelligent automation to feature-flag enabled applications at massive scale.

The need for a standard that simplifies approaches to feature flagging and management is underscored by companies in the consortium, as well as industry analysts:

Alois Reitbauer, CPO of Cloud Automation at Dynatrace, said: “Currently, the extensive variety of approaches makes it difficult to configure and integrate feature flagging into a broader development toolchain and delivery pipeline. OpenFeature enables cloud-native teams to optimize the release of new features and embrace progressive delivery, along with other modern SRE and DevOps practices. At Dynatrace, we will natively embed this information into our Davis AIOps engine to help teams understand the impact of features on performance, resilience, and digital experience. By working with a consortium of industry leaders to create this new open standard, we are taking a big step to reduce complexity and free more time for innovators to deliver new and amazing digital experiences for their customers.”

This announcement builds on Dynatrace’s involvement in open source initiatives, including Keptn, W3C trace-context, and OpenTelemetry, which enable organizations to more effectively drive large-scale automation.

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