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Micro Focus 2019 Predictions: DevOps Goes Mainstream in the Enterprise

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Contributed by Mark Levy, Director of Strategy, Micro Focus

2019 DevOps Goes Mainstream in the Enterprise

Bill Gates said, "we always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction." As DevOps approaches its ten year anniversary in 2019, there has been tremendous progress. Today, DevOps represents one of the biggest IT transformation initiatives of the past 30 years. 

However, despite predictions of rapid adoption, the spread of DevOps in the enterprise has been slower than expected.  Early adopters have proven that DevOps in the enterprise accelerates the companies' transformation to digital, but due to the conservative nature of Enterprise IT, many organizations are awaiting a push from the executive team before crossing the DevOps chasm. Starting in 2019, this will change as the mainstream majority start to implement their DevOps pilot programs and scale their team implementations across the enterprise.

Last year I predicted that 2018 will be the year that DevOps shifts its focus from Dev to Ops. In 2018, we saw many examples of this focus shift removing several of the last major hurdles in scaling DevOps across the enterprise.  The State of DevOps 2018 survey by DORA highlights this shift. In 2018, for the first time, DORA began capturing and measuring operational performance in their industry-leading DevOps survey of nearly 1,900 IT professionals worldwide. Analysis of survey data showed that availability measures and Ops are significantly correlated with software delivery performance. 

As the economy accelerates, competitive pressures in the market are forcing enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation projects which is driving large enterprises to adopt DevOps practices. For example, Lloyds Banking Group is rapidly "digitizing" ops as part of a plan to invest £3bn on IT over the next three years.  They are creating 2000 additional roles to beef up their "leading edge digital banking" services.  Under this plan, the Group said it will "deploy new tech" that will reduce costs and "make banking simple and easier for customers". The cash will also be used for a "modernization" of their data and IT infrastructure. 

The current economic conditions are also creating a very tight job market forcing enterprise IT organizations to seek ways to optimize and to do more with less. Few knew the term "DevOps" five years ago-today, DevOps Engineer is the most recruited job on LinkedIn.

There are many other signs that Enterprise DevOps is going mainstream and transitioning from pilots to full scale implementations. According to the 2018-19 World Quality Report, DevOps seems to have reached a tipping point, with 99% of the respondents saying they use DevOps in at least some of their projects.  

While we may overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years, DevOps will usher in its second decade with large enterprises fully on board. CIOs and senior IT executives will support DevOps initiatives and enterprises will begin to standardize on DevOps practices. A lot has changed in the last ten years. For large enterprises, the stakes are high and the time is now. It's either disrupt or be disrupted.


About the Author


Mark Levy is Director of Strategy at Micro Focus, providing insight into how modern software practices such as Agile and DevOps enable large enterprise IT organizations to build and deliver software faster and with less risk. Over the last 25 years, Mark has held marketing, product management, product development positions focusing application development, service, availability and performance management.

Published Friday, November 23, 2018 7:24 AM by David Marshall
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