Welcome back! We hope everyone's had a wonderful festive break and is fired up to make the most of 2017 whatever excitement and craziness the year ahead is going to throw at us. We're looking forward to helping our customers new and old continue to tread the DevOps path to make our lives (and software!) better, faster and safer. Here are 7 things we're expecting to be working on to that end in the coming year:
We've all come a long way from thinking that DevOps is ONLY about velocity - we've been working on many projects through the last few years that have put quality upfront and centre (over quantity) - a focus on fix, THEN ship and building/engineering quality and performance in. And taking a breath to make space to tackle decades of technical debt built up whilst allowing prioritised innovative change through the value stream. 2017 will be the year of security; making better software, faster and MORE SAFELY. We'll be helping our customers build security and risk assessment into their ideation to realisation delivery process early using tools such as Sonatype's Nexus Lifecycle to integrate into the IDE and provide live alerts to assist development in shifting security left. We'll also be launching a DevSecOps Engineer course and certification late spring with the DevOps Institute.
2) Closing the DevOps Loop
The way DevOps has evolved in the enterprise organisations we work with has resulted in lots of tools fragmentation and 'under the radar' attempts at delivering CI/CD. Whilst tools standardisation will remain a controversial and emotive subject as we see individuals and groups fighting for the rights of their favourite tools, as 2017 sees a race towards true end to end ideation to realisation and the delivery of a 'DevOps Loop' or continuous release lifecycle, finding tools that integrate, or integrating tools better will be a priority for many organisations. Atlassian still lead this space for us along with Dynatrace for real time value realisation and we'll continue to work with our customers to keep on top of what gives the best transparency, security and automation through the lifecycle through the year.
One of the hottest topics in 2016, containerisation is here to stay and we don't believe it's anywhere near peak. Although we see organisations using containers in pre-production every day, by no means everyone is ready or using them for their critical production environments. Yet. As DevSecOps continues to mature, as per 1), the proliferation of containerisation into production will accelerate (we think!).
4) Serverless Computing
At DevOpsCon in Munich last month I attended a talk from a chap at AWS which was a real eye opener to me in terms of what can be achieved here. I had flashbacks to conversations with UBS several years ago where their ops guys were explaining their dream of a world where they didn't have to care or even really know what platform they were deploying an application onto. We don't hear that many of our customers using the term today, but I'm expecting that to change rapidly as we move through the next twelve months. Here's a very well balanced view and great introduction to the subject.
5) Cloud Transformations and Target Operating Models (TOMs)
Yeah, I know, Cloud's not a new term or even a new thing, but in 2016, what we saw was a lot of the enterprises we work with take the plunge into Cloud and stop worrying so much about which Cloud to go with (AWS or Azure, right?) or about local compliance laws (as the big Cloud providers opened local datacentres and tackled data privacy and security head on). The Register just launched a survey here, called 'Cloud Checkpoint - 5 Years On' if you would like to weigh in on where you are.For us, Cloud Transformation projects led the way in terms of focus areas for organisations to experiment with DevOps thinking and practices. They also had a lot to answer for as I heard the term 'Target Operating Model' for the first time in 2016 and then EVERYWHERE. So I'm expecting to hear about more of these in the coming year, and hoping to see people weaving DevOps thinking through their new initiatives.
6) The Emergence of the DevOps Superpattern
2016 saw me (over?) use the description of DevOps as the 'harmonious, polygamous marriage' of Lean, Agile and ITSM (thank you lovely Jayne Groll) and I presented several times and wrote blogs on Correlations Between DevOps and Holacracy. But there are even more methodologies and transformational concepts that are converging and driving the DevOps BoK (Body of Knowledge). Watch this space for more.
7) DevOps Analysis-Paralysis is Overcome
Whilst more organisations than ever before went through an exercise to baseline their current state in 2016, a large proportion still found it hard to get off their DevOps starting blocks and got stuck in measurement and analysis. Whilst some of this is attributable to budget cycles, this is the year where we'll unlock those constraints and get those organisations on their DevOps journey.
What have we missed? What do you think is going to be big in 2017 in DevOps?