Over the past 10 years, large enterprises have become software companies, often employing more software engineers than some of the largest pure-play software vendors. Software development and delivery has become critical for business success.
As consumers spend less and less time physically interacting with chosen brands, these large enterprises are competing to deliver more value and a higher level of service through their web sites and mobile applications. In addition, producing software to operate Global 2000 companies has become a staggering annual expense. The pressure to find efficiency and reduce costs has never been greater. Ambitious IT teams are increasingly turning to DevOps as the solution to deliver applications faster with more value and at considerably less cost.
By using enterprise DevOps strategies, companies successfully drive the cultural and process changes required to control, standardize and automate software delivery. However, it’s the combination of practices and tools that allow organizations to achieve enterprise DevOps and optimize the value of their entire software pipeline at scale.
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As enterprise DevOps becomes increasingly mainstream across the Global 2000 in the year ahead, a flurry of innovations and new improvements will further its progression, fueling more ambitious software development strategies worldwide. We are fortunate to work closely with many large global organizations and their talented IT teams, watching their approaches to software development and delivery dramatically improve and mature over time.
From this unique real-world vantage point, we are confident that 2018 will be a pivotal year for enterprise DevOps. As such, here are nine key predictions for how enterprise DevOps will likely evolve in 2018 and beyond:
- Demand for hard numbers and other data that justify the cost and time required for a “DevOps transformation” will rise, as will interest in DevOps platforms that make it easy to collect and understand that data.
- Enterprises will make it a priority to use a single, unified CI/CD approach to cover diverse technology stacks. One effect of this trend is that the CTO will no longer tolerate development units solving their deployment and release requirements with siloed approaches. Continuous delivery is not owned by IT, release management or any one department alone. In 2018, more organizations will come to understand this and adopt a “dual-mode” approach, which enables everyone in the pipeline to work in an optimal way. Companies that use this method will fast forward their delivery process.
- In 2018, companies will demand access to information that will help them evaluate the maturity and effectiveness of their DevOps initiatives. This data, along with features for analytics and reporting, will be necessary for proper planning of their continued transformations.
- Organizations will increase their focus on governance of the entire delivery pipeline, going beyond simply automating deployment to certain environments. This shift in priorities will ensure consistent delivery across the entire path to production.
- As organizations continue to see the efficiency and ROI gains that come from doing enterprise-wide initiatives, fewer individual teams will have the option to “go it alone.”
- More than ever, companies will expect to see best practices and real-life examples of large enterprises that have implemented DevOps all the way through production. Related to this will be the requirement to get it right first time” and an unwillingness for iterative experimentation.
- An increasing number of organizations will discover that software creation is their foundational activity and that they must improve it to survive and thrive. Those who can continually remove barriers in their delivery process will build a competitive advantage.
- In 2018, we’ll see a growing understanding of how DevSecOps can solve many security and compliance issues. Organizations that integrate security into their software delivery pipeline will uncover new energy and capacity in their development departments.
Some of these are more than just predictions; they are ongoing improvements that are already starting to happen, right here and right now. These improvements will serve to enhance the ease, speed, accessibility, scalability, security and measurability of enterprise DevOps initiatives. And the latest strategies will empower IT leaders and their teams to create breakthrough software applications that have the potential to transform not just their organizations but potentially their industries.
Given its increasing importance, we have every reason to celebrate the ongoing evolution of enterprise DevOps and believe that our nine predictions are already starting to come true.
Derek Langone is Chief Executive Officer for XebiaLabs and brings over 20 years of experience in IT leadership roles. As CEO, he is responsible for setting the company’s vision, executing on its strategy and driving its growth to become a recognized market leader in the Enterprise DevOps space. Before joining XebiaLabs, Derek served as EVP of Sales at Telerik through their acquisition by Progress Software, President of SmartBear Software, and VP of Sales at IMCEDA, now Quest Software.