DevOps Evolved: What’s Next?

Developers and operations teams continue to refine this approach to enhance product quality and cost-effectiveness.

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InformationWeek’s 2023 State of DevOps Report confirms broad acceptance of DevOps methodology, with 81 percent of IT executives and staff and development professionals reporting a working understanding of DevOps.

The following industry thought leaders share their insights into DevOps’ growing adoption and what to expect as the development approach continues to evolve.

Neatsun Ziv, CEO of OX Security:

“For me, the biggest difference today vs. what I used to work with 15 years ago is the predictability and the ability to ask for feedback from other teams on what you will get. A few years back the variance between different companies was so big that it was almost impossible to take a ‘recipe’ for building such a team and following someone else’s blueprint. Today there is a standardization trend that makes it easy to follow one of the freely available blueprints.

“Getting to a working build is not a big change vs. 15 years ago, yet getting this build to production with regression test, predictable deployment plan, security test, and many more tasks, now becomes easier than ever, especially as modern tools that are part of those environments learned how to communicate with developers directly.”

David Brooks, SVP of Evangelism at Copado:

“The most significant DevOps developments over the past few years would be redefining software delivery to be quality-driven, so teams can innovate at speed. The adoption of GenAI and how it will increase the focus on the planning and testing phases of DevOps is part of that effort. Planning, because a well-written requirement is needed for your copilot to generate the proper code. Testing, because reliance on GenAI will require that we verify the resulting code even more thoroughly than today.”

Jesse Goodier, manager of Quality and Integrations at Kubecost:

“Closer collaboration between DevOps and finance teams is increasingly crucial. Organizations are realizing that there needs to be a shared understanding of infrastructure and software costs. Ensuring cost-efficiency throughout DevOps and developer processes is vital. Expect more dialogue between DevOps and finance leaders. This will continue to involve more comprehensive visibility into what resources are being used, how they are being used, and who is using them. That means integrating essential data from the cloud, Kubernetes, and third-party APIs. A joint effort here optimizes resource utilization and financial management, ensuring sustained operational excellence.”

Pete Lilley, VP and GM of Instaclustr:

“The advantages are clear: streamlined development processes and more operational efficiency leading to more scalable, reliable, and compliant applications. As part of this DevOps trend, I do think we’ll see open-source software –fully open-source technologies, not open-core alternatives – play an increasing role in executing IDPs and platform engineering goals this year. Having more portability via an open-source strategy can ensure the same developer experience regardless of which cloud or other underlying infrastructure developers are working with. Open source can also deliver enterprise-grade security and the versatile pluggability to utilize whatever code best serves application requirements (with no proprietary vendor roadblocks). Teams opting for open-source software-based IDPs will also likely earn themselves a leg up in the competition for development talent since expertise in open-source software is more plentiful, and recruits are most eager to work with open-source solutions.”

Guillaume Moignue, VP of product and growth at Platform.sh:

“The DevOps domain is set to embrace an unprecedented level of complexity and sophistication in 2024, with three pivotal trends at the forefront: comprehensive observability at every layer, the rise of vertical players specialized on specific frameworks and applications, and an unyielding emphasis on cybersecurity.

Companies will continue to integrate application performance management (APM) solutions to achieve full-stack observability, enabling a panoramic view of their system’s health and performance. APM will provide more granularity in analytics such that technical teams will be able not only to detect but also to predict system anomalies. This will enable preemptive measures that drastically reduce downtime and empower developers to deliver better quality releases continuously.”

Rob Cowell, DevOps Advocate at Gearset:

“Whether you’re a GPT groupie or a machine learning misanthrope, there’s no denying that AI will continue its dominance as the technology hot topic for 2024. DevOps is not immune to this as we see teams scramble to see how they can add it into the mix – whether or not a strong use case surfaces remains to be seen, and teams must be sure to maintain the DevOps benefits of a culture-driven approach throughout adoption. It’s a surefire one to watch in 2024, whatever your standpoint on the rise of the machines.”

Micah Goring

Micah Goring is a contributing editor for DevPro Journal.


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Micah Goring

Micah Goring is a contributing editor for DevPro Journal.