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Datical 2020 Predictions: Developers, Open Source & More

VMblog Predictions 2020 

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2020.  Read them in this 12th annual series exclusive.

By Robert Reeves, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Datical

Developers, Open Source & More

It's all about developers. Developers' adoption rate of new technology will dramatically increase next year, especially with open source. Just look at Kubernetes! Developers will continue to seek out technology that's simple and consistent. CIOs will need to pay attention to what their developers are interested in, as this will indicate the areas where they'll need to invest.

  1. A dramatic increase in developer tools for Kubernetes. Kubernetes is one of the highest development velocity projects in the history of open source. We were all amazed at how quickly it proliferated. Look for major strides and high-velocity projects aimed at tooling geared toward developers to rise around Kubernetes.
  2. An even more dramatic increase in developer tools for Spinnaker. JPMorgan Chase made a public declaration of their commitment to Spinnaker at SpringOne and we're going to see more companies do the same. 
  3. Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) tools make great gains. Over the past year, companies that adopt CI/CD have quickly learned that all parts of the Application must be automated. Speeding one part of the application (e.g., application compilation) certainly has benefits... until it crushes the other parts of the organization. These parts include environment provisioning, networking, and the database.
  4. Open source gets even bigger. There are incredible benefits for companies that figure out how to incorporate the use of open source. The 2019 "State of DevOps Report" from Dr. Nicole Forsgren, DevOps Research and Assessment, found that "elite performers leveraged and planned to expand their use of open source." Open Source works and continues to pay dividends. 
  5. Simplicity will reign supreme. Developers will continue to find ways to simplify their workflow to improve their productivity... and they will expect to see that in the existing tools they use. A key example of this is GitHub Actions and GitLab's move into CI/CD.


About the Author

Robert Reeves, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Robert Reeves 

Prior to co-founding Datical, Robert was a Director at the Austin Technology Incubator. At ATI, he provided real-world entrepreneurial expertise to ATI member companies to aid in market validation, product development, and fundraising efforts. Robert co-founded Phurnace Software in 2005. He invented and created the flagship product, Phurnace Deliver, which provides middleware infrastructure management to multiple Fortune 500 companies. As Chief Technology Officer for Phurnace, he led technical evangelism efforts, product vision, and large account technical sales efforts. After BMC Software acquired Phurnace in 2009, Robert served as Chief Architect and lead worldwide technology evangelism.

Published Tuesday, January 21, 2020 7:28 AM by David Marshall
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