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Anaxi 2020 Predictions: Themes from Last Year Progress Further, Software Tools Consolidation

VMblog Predictions 2020 

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By Marc Verstaen, co-founder and CEO of Anaxi

Themes from Last Year Progress Further, Software Tools Consolidation

The problem with making predictions two years in a row is the first step: checking what happened with the predictions from the previous year. They are still visible here for all to see.

Of course, as I'm the one mentioning this, you already know that I'm not too unhappy with the way 2019 has shaped up so far.

1 - Serverless architecture has seen significant adoption in the last 12 months. "Serverless is the top-growing extended cloud service for the second year in a row with a 50 percent growth over 2018," according to the RightScale 2019 State of the Cloud report. This is only the beginning of course, and as this only impacts new projects, there is still a lot of growth left for container systems, and also for traditional VMs. We can expect next year to see more and more solutions available to manage and debug serverless systems. I also expect to see AI entering this field to provide assistance to configure and improve security for serverless and container based architectures.

2 - Quantum computing has been in the news for big announcements. Google claims to have reached "quantum supremacy," IBM continues to push forward. We are getting near a point when early adopters will start looking at quantum computing as a new green field and write software that we can't yet imagine. It's for them to figure it out and it's going to be a lot of fun. I definitely intend to spend some time on this in the coming year.

3 - Quantum networking is still a work in progress but moving quickly: only last month (October 25), a team of scientists in Munich using squeezed microwave state as the quantum state, successfully established a local quantum network, fully secure. Security appears to become the defining feature for quantum networking. Two U.S. national labs are planning a 30-mile network, fully secure. Speed, as in faster than light, is of course a defining feature for quantum networking, but it seems to take a backseat to unhackable communication. security for unhackable communication technologies.

4 - As expected collaboration for software development is more and more important for more and more decentralized teams. There are still very few tools able to reconcile tickets, issues and source code management, with a focus on communication, but as announced last year Anaxi made reporting on multiple data sources possible, along with sharing of the reports, and feed management for discussions. The market is increasingly focused in the hands of a few players, which Github, Attlassian and GitLab are leading. I expect other smaller companies will get acquired and consolidate under these three, making for interesting times ahead and even more intense competition.


About the Author


Marc Verstaen is the co-founder and CEO of Anaxi, whose mission is to fix software project management. He has been managing engineering teams for more than 20 years, lastly at Docker as EVP Product Development. He co-founded two other startups and was the CEO at TextMe, Beatware and Lorienne. He also acted as a Senior Manager at Apple, overseeing software development on iCloud clients, UIKit and iOS development tools, and at Oracle (mobile, UX).

Published Monday, November 18, 2019 7:30 AM by David Marshall
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