DevOps Roundtable: The Future of App Development
IT experts weigh in on how DevOps continues to transform businesses.
While this year marks the 10th anniversary of DevOps, the software engineering culture remains in constant flux as technology matures and team structures continue to evolve. What’s next for DevOps as it enters its second decade?
We asked analysts and company leaders how (and why) their teams rely on the philosophy, what challenges lie ahead and what development and operations trends they’re most excited about.
Developers are Now Seeing the Big Picture
Dominica DeGrandis is an IT management expert and the author of “Making Work Visible: Exposing Time Theft to Optimize Work & Flow.” DevOps, she says, has helped to change development teams’ mindsets—and everybody wins.
“Thanks to a shift from project-to-product-driven thinking, IT leaders interested in speeding up the delivery of business value and lowering costs have an opportunity in 2018 to reduce expensive handoffs by keeping people with the necessary expert domain knowledge consistently involved. Those who develop product features don’t leave—they stick around to deliver their changes to production, and then maintain their changes.”
Software is Your Business
Early DevOps pioneer Andrew Clay Shafer, co-founder of Puppet Labs and current Senior Director of Technology at Pivotal, says that more companies have figured out what early DevOps adopters knew years ago.
“The exciting trend for me is that enterprises are realizing that software is a competitive advantage and are investing in their organization instead of framing IT as just a cost center. Changing human behavior and cultural momentum can be hard, but the key is to start with purpose and get aligned on objectives.”
NoOps, the Heir to DevOps?
Peter Matthews, lead research scientist at CA Technologies, is following an emerging development strategy dubbed “NoOps,” in which developers no longer rely on IT operations. An evolution is underway, he says.
"NoOps will become an extension of DevOps. In DevOps, development, installation, testing and deployment are part of a continuum. But the traditional role of operations is migrating to cloud suppliers, and NoOps will allow resources to concentrate on business supporting applications rather than IT supporting architectures and platforms, which will lower costs and increase agility.”
A Key Tool to Turn Crazy Ideas into Great Software
R “Ray” Wang, founder and Chairman of Constellation Research, is a longtime industry analyst and the author of the popular blog “A Software Insider’s Point of View.” DevOps, he says, remains crucial to making developers’ wildest dreams become reality.
“The secret to DevOps in 2018 will come from expediting how developers go from ‘the art of the possible’ to actual rapid execution. The biggest challenge is building platforms fast enough to scale out and support digital business models.”
A Creative Balancing Act: Speed and Quality
Although new technologies and processes have smoothed development in many ways, speed and agility remain challenges, says James Meeks, Head of Mobile Technology at eBay.
“IT leaders are always tasked with delivering, but there’s now increased pressure on IT leaders to not only deliver more than they have in the past, but also to do it much faster than ever. We recognize as a company that we must continue to improve our output of deliverables, so it is incumbent on our leaders to find creative ways to move faster without sacrificing quality.”
Exciting New Tools in Developers’ Toolkits
Chris Korhonen, Chief Technology Officer at on-demand alcoholic beverage delivery company Minibar, sees the promise of what emerging tech like containers and automation tools can do for DevOps. But integration and prioritization are still difficult.
“We’ve seen an explosion of technologies in the development space, and things are moving just as fast on the infrastructure side. Containers continue to gain momentum, along with orchestration tooling… Technology has been evolving so rapidly that the biggest challenge is picking where to focus. This is just as true for large enterprises as it is for small start-ups.”