2018 DevOps Predictions - Part 2
December 19, 2017

DevOps experts — analysts and consultants, users and the top vendors — offer thoughtful, insightful, and sometimes controversial predictions on how DevOps and related technologies will evolve and impact business in 2018. Part 2 covers DevOps, BizDevOps, NoOps, and more.

Start with 2018 DevOps Predictions - Part 1

ENTERPRISES GET SERIOUS ABOUT DEVOPS

2018 will be the year that enterprises really get serious about adopting DevOps for a number of reasons. First, market competition is requiring businesses, from startups to well-established enterprises, to move faster to stay relevant. Second, developers now expect enterprises to adopt the latest DevOps best practices, tools and processes because they are used to working within these workflows. And lastly, businesses are more open to adopting technologies even before they reach version 1.0, as is the case with many DevOps releases.
Nick Tran
VP of Developer Marketing, Akamai

DevOps is a must for the business: development velocity or bust. DevOps represents a way to not only deliver digital services faster, but also to do it more efficiently, and better engage the engineering and operations talent of the team. To achieve the velocity, quality and business impact promised with DevOps, organizations will continue to adopt new staffing approaches and new technologies that empower teams and enable agility. Having a handle on DevOps initiatives will be a differentiator for executives. As board level conversations center around speed and competitiveness, being able to point to successful implementations of DevOps initiatives and having data to demonstrate their impact will be key.
Rick Fitz
SVP and GM of IT Markets, Splunk

DEVOPS FAILURES MAKE HEADLINES

After years of hype and positive coverage, we will see a number of high profile examples of "DevOps failures" that will have two parallel effects: In some organizations, there will be a chill and a re-assessment of the initial excitement. Organizations that are more forward thinking, however, will look to these failures as learning experiences, and will take more seriously both the changes in culture and process, as well as the requirements on underlying platforms and software architectures required to benefit from DevOps. Vendors that can work with their customers across this full spectrum of needs, stand to benefit.
Stephanos Bacon
Senior Director, Portfolio Strategy, Red Hat

DEVOPS BACKLASH

Misuse and misunderstanding of DevOps will increase in 2018 and become mainstream causing a backlash of those who created and drive the true meaning of a collaborative work culture and open ecosystem. This will become increasingly problematic as vendors wash their wares increasingly with this term.
Jonah Kowall
VP of Market Development and Insights, AppDynamics

BIZDEVOPS

BizDevOps isn't new, but 2018 is the year we'll see it start to pick up mainstream adoption. It won't be a "hey we're doing this now," but rather a natural step in the evolution of DevOps. Trends and technology come and go, but the last 15+ years have taught us that aligning with and incorporating the business is always good practice. For IT requests that originate from the business, incorporating business users into the process, establishing a habit of continuous feedback and improvement, is a great way to ensure that the focus stays on delivering business value.
Jamie MacQuarrie
Founder, Appivo

BizDevOps or Business Focused Development will gain mainstream adoption as as the Global Data Protection Act comes to fruition in May of 2018. US and foreign companies will scramble to redesign their DevOps practices to include Privacy by Design, Visibility Across Hybrid Clouds, and focus on Business Agility. Cost, Compliance and Agility will be the 3 pillars of success that will be measured early and often to reduce fines, impact on brand, and employee productivity.
Jeanne Morain
Author and Strategist, iSpeak Cloud

In 2018, the proliferation of DevOps into the business will start where more business owners will become part of the team.
Allan Leinwand
CTO, ServiceNow

DEVOPS FOCUS ON VALUE

There will be a shift in terms of how people think of DevOps itself. DevOps has generally meant the process of speeding up the delivery of software, but I think more organizations are realizing that it's all about delivering the value of your product/service to the end user. It's as simple as that.
Jason Hand
DevOps Evangelist, VictorOps

DEVOPS REPLACED BY NO-OPS

DevOps is in the process of going mainstream. Advanced automation is simplifying infrastructure deployment. The next step is for application developers to deploy directly to production without operations involvement.
Tom Joyce
CEO, Pensa

NO-OPS NOT HAPPENING

"NoOps" will no longer be a thing as infrastructure and operations/run teams become more involved in the development aspects of the software engineering and take back the Ops.
Alex Popov
Cloud Enablement and Continuous Delivery, Barclaycard

DEVOPS MOVES OUTSIDE IT

The days of DevOps being tied to specific IT technologies like containers and microservices are coming to an end. In 2018, DevOps will rapidly move outside of IT and be about building and deploying services in an agile manner for the entire enterprise. Enterprises need to move fast and efficiently – "if you build it, you operate it" – will be a mantra heard across all departments.
Allan Leinwand
CTO, ServiceNow

Read 2018 DevOps Predictions - Part 3, covering DevOps tools and teams.

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