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The Future of DevOps

What can we expect in 2017?


DevOps culture was first mentioned approximately 6 years ago and since then we are hearing more companies implementing the methodology.

With this growth it is important that professionals understand it before jumping in.

A recent study suggests high-performing IT organisations who practice DevOps experience 60 times fewer failures and recover from failure 168 times faster than their lower-performing peers.

They also deploy 30 times more frequently with 200 times shorter lead times. So its growth in the field is not surprising.

In 2017 DevOps is expected to continue with the trends started in 2016.

In the coming year DevOps is set to increase its presence, especially in Enterprise. DevOps adoption in this field increased from 66% in 2015 to 74% in 2016, and it is only expected to increase further.

In 2017 DevOps will continue to dramatically reduce the time taken to deploy a feature to production. This represents a shift towards more agile ways of working.

It was also estimated in 2015 that DevOps would evolve from a 'niche strategy' employed by only a few cloud providers to a mainstream strategy that is now used by over 25% of Global 2000 organisations.

In 2016 DevOps followed the trend of increasing modular approaches to system building, essentially using smaller teams to manage individual application rather than creating monolithic products.

DevOps also enabled further advances in programmable infrastructure as a code in 2016, which meant that infrastructure became more seamless and easier to understand.

The expectation is that companies will continue to push for more agile, software based methods when it comes to infrastructure operations in 2017.

It's also expected that in 2017 developers will take more ownership of entire product lifecycles.

This means that teams will focus on continuous delivery and improvement of the product, ensuring greater accountability, but also full ownership for their solutions.

In 2016 DevOps began to steadily eliminate the role of operations, and this is to continue through 2017.

We can expect to see more pronounced changes in how companies invest in legacy systems, reducing the role of operations.

It's estimated that the role will be entirely eliminated within the next five years.

DevOps can only grow within the coming years as it remains popular for its competitive advantage, the speed in which it can meet customer needs and how it can benefit a company's product lifestyle.

Written by Louis Scott
DevOps Recruitment Consultant


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