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11 DevOps Predictions for 2018

Hello, 2018! While the year is still fresh, let’s gaze into the crystal ball and see what the next few months hold for DevOps. We asked a few XebiaLabs’ DevOps experts (and sometime prognosticators) to offer their predictions.

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1. In 2018, customers 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.

T.j. Randall, Vice President of Customer Success, XebiaLabs

2. 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 a decreased tolerance (perhaps prematurely) for “Wild West” experimentation and an emphasis on “getting it right first time.”

Andrew Phillips, Vice President of DevOps Strategy, XebiaLabs

3. In the end, DevOps is about supporting the business, and in 2018, business-focused users will have an increasingly important seat at the DevOps table. Enterprises will look to find ways to integrate the voice of the business into the DevOps process, and they will start to measure DevOps success on how it affects the bottom line.

Lisa Wells, Vice President of Product Marketing, XebiaLabs

4. In Cambridge, Mass, you can’t throw a VC without hitting a machine learning startup founder. Yet the adoption of machine learning in DevOps has been surprisingly slow. A large part of DevOps is automation. Automation produces data. Frequent automated deployments produce lots of data. And for DevOps teams, there’s gold in that data. In 2018, we’ll likely see more machine learning techniques applied to optimizing software quality and delivery. Machine learning can help identify ways to improve team efficiency throughout the entire process—from idea to customer value.

Tim Buntel, Vice President of Products

5. 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 disentangle new energy and capacity in their development departments.

Andreas Prins, Vice President of Product Development, XebiaLabs

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DevOps Forward and Back with Gene Kim

Be sure to watch this special end-of-year webinar where we explore the 5 most important DevOps developments in 2017 and forecast the 5 most important trends we expect in the year ahead.



6. 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.

T.j. Randall, Vice President of Customer Success, XebiaLabs

7. Continuous delivery is not owned by IT, release management, or any one department alone. In 2018, more organizations will come to understand this and will 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.

Andreas Prins, Vice President of Product Development, XebiaLabs

8. 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.”

Andrew Phillips, Vice President of DevOps Strategy, XebiaLabs

9. 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.

T.j. Randall, Vice President of Customer Success, XebiaLabs

10. 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.

Andreas Prins, Vice President of Product Development, XebiaLabs

11. 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 understand that data.

Andrew Phillips, Vice President of DevOps Strategy, XebiaLabs

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