2016 was a successful year for DevOps. More and more organisations realize the value of cross-division collaboration and the clear statistical advantages DevOps brings. However, DevOps tools and processes are far from finished. Take a look at our list of 4 DevOps predictions for a better 2017.
If 2016 was the breakthrough year for DevOps, 2017 will bring DevOps at scale within the software development landscape. Aruna Ravichandran, VP of DevOps Solution Marketing and Management at CA Technologies, thinks that this will be the year that organizations actively work towards DevOps within the entire application lifecycle. Also, take a look at her own blog post about 2017 predictions here.
2. DevOps as an absolute necessity
Many experts and leaders believe that DevOps will become a necessary standard for how to do software development. Lucas A. Welch, Director of Communications at Chef:
DevOps will make major strides from being a niche operating model to simply “the way things are done” in modern IT.
Along with the high pace of modern innovation comes the increasing need for DevOps principles and methods. In addition, Donovan Brown, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, means that those who aren’t yet practicing DevOps in 2017 will have a hard time catching up to those who already are working to get ahead.
3. Security in the process
Successful software developers have a bigger picture in mind. It’s no longer enough to produce efficient and working code – security is of just as important. Furthermore, we are working towards faster releases, continuous deployment. Due to these and increased damage done by IT attacks, security needs to be on the radar. Reuven Harrison, CTO and co-founder of Tufin, considers poorly done DevOps to be the latest security risk and is counting on DevOps and Security to merge together in the future.
4. Metrics and monitoring
With more DevOps experience under their belt we start to see many companies with working processes and tools pre-deployment. As a result, this mark a shift towards post-deployment and continuous improvement, with metrics and monitoring taking a bigger role. While keeping track of key metrics, companies can discover bottlenecks, distribute resources better, find weaknesses and strengths as well as work to improve the development process. Cameron Haight, Research VP for IT Operations at Gartner, says:
2017 will be the year of monitoring in DevOps. Up till now, almost all of the tools focus has been on the pre-production provisioning process, but with increasingly mature DevOps programs in many enterprises, the requisite post-deploy feedback loop will now receive greater attention. Taken together with new application architectures such as microservices, we’ll see new monitoring technologies as well as pricing models also introduced.
2017 will without a doubt be a year filled with development and possibilities. A lot will happen and we look forward to a more exciting DevOps time than ever. These are just a few of the DevOps predictions one can make, but we feel they are some of the most important. In general, keep a look out for more scaling, more adaptions, security in the entire pipeline and the increasing need for metrics and monitoring.
What do you see as DevOps predictions for 2017? Will DevOps keep expanding, or have we missed something going forward? Let us know in the comments or send us a mail at [email protected]