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2017 DevOps Trends: My 6 Favorite Articles


DevOps promises to improve application development agility, efficiency and reliability; yet, the concept is only about 9 years old.  New technologies are frequently introduced that promise significant improvements in the development process, and so each year, it is valuable where DevOps is going.  In this article, I will highlight six posts that prognosticate on 2017 trends.

You could spend 30 minutes reading these articles, but to simplify, here are the the three most common themes.

  1. Container adoption – This has been a hot topic over the past year and we will see adoption accelerate in 2017.
  2. Container Security – As container adoption increases, security will come to the forefront and we will see technologies emerging that enable more robust and reliable container security.
  3. Artificial Intelligence – We will continue to see DevOps practices streamlined with continued adoption of AI that enhances the code development, testing and release cycles.

Without further ado, here are the seven DevOps trend blogs.

TechBeacon focuses on the 7 trends that they see as critical for the future of DevOps.  They highlight the following areas:

  1. A clear definition of DevOps will finally emerge
  2. Testers will learn to code or perish
  3. “Back to basics” agile movements will gain steam
  4. More organizations will move to cloud, but pass on PaaS
  5. Microservices hype will begin to cool
  6. Containers and orchestration tools will become easier to use
  7. Kubernetes will be the primary container orchestration engine

Techgenix talks about containers, and how they are seeing a slow and steady shift to container usage.  As penetration increases, they predict that we will see other features emerging like container security, advanced orchestration and acceleration of Kubernetes adoption.  At the same time, they believe that DevOps will become more fluid as teams move to serverless models and incorporate advanced AI functionality.

TechRepublic takes a view on containers that is similar Techgenix…adoption will accelerate and that security is key.  They go further and believe that we will also see a stronger focus on unified development and operations.  AI also comes into play and TechRepublic predicts that we will continue to see accelerated adoption of automated code testing, gathering and reporting.

VersionOne takes a business-level approach to to trends that will accelerate DevOps adoption.  Their blog highlights the following:

  1. Enterprise organizations will shift their focus from scaling agile and doing DevOps to improving enterprise agility.
  2. Enterprise organizations will seek to truly unify upfront strategic planning, agile development, and DevOps deployment.
  3. DevOps performance will shift away from being measured by traditional technical metrics to metrics measuring how well business value is being delivered to customers.
  4. Enterprise agile lifecycle management software and DevOps continuous delivery software will merge into a single platform.

DevOps digest takes a more granular approach to the 2017 outlook and includes nine predictions in their blog.  Their topics tend to be a bit more self-evident and include some key takeaways such as DevOps will become mission critical, will become a competitive advantage and will expand across IT.

One interesting prediction is that we will continue to see DevOps failures as end users fail to effectively embrace the concept.  They make the point that DevOps is as much about culture and organization as it is about technology, and thus without alignment on both, the initiative will fail.  This is sage advice and should serve as a warning to all developers.

The common theme of increased investments in container usage and security continues with Blue Hill research.  They also mirror TechRepublic’s view that automated code testing and release orchestration will grow rapidly on 2017.  

Blue Hill also brings up an interesting view on containers enabling cloud orchestration.  They opine that containers will reduce (or even remove) the cloud lock-in that is so common with traditional computing models.

In summary, DevOps is evolving rapidly and each of these pieces provide a slightly different outlook on 2017.  Each blog article is well worth a read and, I suggest that you think about how the technology and its outlook impacts your business.  

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