Software is eating the world, or so say DevOps leaders such as Marc Andreessen, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz as most companies are becoming software companies as well as purveyors of their primary goods and services in order to be more competitive.
Experts agree that DevOps is eating software, too. “I believe that in five to 10 years DevOps practices will be mainstream. People will view DevOps as the correct way to do software development,” says Tom Stiehm, CTO of Coveros. In that respect, says Stiehm, DevOps is eating software development.
Secure coding practices should likewise envelope DevOps, sealing many of the holes that criminal hackers would otherwise exploit. As DevOps accelerates software development, foot-draggers will have a hard time holding that secure coding practices slow software delivery. If developers use DevOps’ many ingress points to fix security vulnerabilities like they do to fix code, secure coding could swallow DevOps whole and become the norm across software development. “DevOps shifts the focus of development to producing the best possible outcome for the customers. The new focus includes a shared understanding that security is essential to establishing and maintaining customer trust,” says Otto Berkes, CTO, CA Technologies and the first architect of Xbox at Microsoft.