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Electric Cloud 2019 Predictions: The Future of DevOps for the Enterprise, Trends, and Insights

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2019.  Read them in this 11th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Wesley Pullen, Chief Strategy Officer, Electric Cloud

The Future of DevOps for the Enterprise, Trends, and Insights

Finding focus in a digitally driven world is a challenge that businesses now confront daily. The rise of digital transformation for enterprises creates a world of complex software delivery. Further, enterprises encounter threats and issues at virtually every point along their release pipelines. Now, as this digital transformation journey continues to expand, companies are realizing that their future cannot exist without adopting DevOps practices and patterns. These trends and insights will ease that transition and build a better future for your company in 2019.

3 Key Trends and Predictions in the Enterprise for 2019:

1)     Cloud/Container: Enterprises are constantly expanding and adding tools and mechanisms to their pipeline hoping to gain an edge on competitors, and managing that process can be extremely challenging. That is why migration to the cloud is happening now, and happening fast. However, not all cloud strategies are equal, and some approaches and toolsets are more likely to help your business succeed than others. Take the multi-cloud approach for instance, this approach utilizes a combination of traditional on-premise apps, microservices, and hybrid cloud attributes and has worked well for many enterprises already. The current standard is to have a variety of DevOps tools that often serve just one or two primary functions in the pipeline. Prediction: companies will likely start moving towards a single DevOps tool that can streamline the entire pipeline across all teams and projects.

2)     The Rise of DevSecOps: The significance and importance of DevSecOps cannot be understated. The success of DevOps and the cloud industry as a whole will only go as far as the DevSecOps category can take it. Technology solutions and infosec approaches for DevSecOps programs must transform and evolve at the speed of the DevOps transformations. Prediction: this demand will cause a dramatic shift in the security industry, leading to increased collaboration and integration between IT security and DevOps teams.

The end goal? To ultimately produce an extremely powerful and efficient pipeline that maximizes the utility of tooling within it. DevSecOps is critical to the success of DevOps and without it, the software that was once transforming the world will now be infecting it.  

3)     AI/ML for DevOps Feedback: The potential and utility of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning stretch far beyond robots and self-driving cars. Prediction: companies will begin to leverage the data they gather from disparate systems and integrate that information into a broader business level understanding of AI and machine learning and the value they provide.

Understanding how AI and machine learning interacts with the entire DevOps toolchain goes a long way toward explaining this value. It can help your company identify certain patterns using Deep Statistical Analytics. By leveraging past patterns, your company can predict future risk, giving DevSecOps teams the opportunity to make recommendations that reduce that risk. This also allows developers and engineers to move from a reactive to predictive feedback throughout the pipeline. This type of risk analysis is just a fraction of the benefits that AI and ML will provide for companies through 2019 and beyond.  

Short answer predictions:

  • DevOps is real, and it provides a real strategic advantage for companies who understand how it can transform and streamline processes throughout their company.
  • The Hybrid-Cloud and Multi-Cloud approaches have become the new standard.  
  • Security teams will begin to have more involvement and a louder voice to validate code that is being pushed through to production.
  • AI and ML will continue to evolve and deliver value in new and powerful ways for businesses.


About the Author


Wesley Pullen is the Chief DevOps Strategist at Electric Cloud. In this capacity, he leads the strategy for DevOps, Release Automation and Continuous Delivery (CD) solutions for Electric Cloud. Wesley brings over 20 years of industry experience in enterprise products in Application Release Automation (ARA), Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), IT Service Management (ITSM) and Application Performance Monitoring (APM). Prior to joining Electric Cloud, he held leadership positions with CollabNet, Automic (now CA), and BMC.

Wesley holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Pittsburgh.

Published Friday, November 30, 2018 7:22 AM by David Marshall
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