DevOps is not a typo; it is a term coined by combining ‘developer’ and ‘operations’. It describes processes that require IT developers and operators to work together closely for the benefit of the entire business – no easy feat, in many situations.
The concept began with companies that operate on an enormous scale. To handle the volume of their traffic, sites like these required serious load balancing software. That meant developers and operations teams needed to collaborate on a large scale. For the most part, these departments did not tend to collaborate frequently. Developers wanted to make cool, ground-breaking innovations. Operations personnel focused on keeping the site up and running.
Put them together and you have DevOps – a team that innovates for continuous modernization of high-quality applications. The DevOps team works towards a shared goal: the delivery of applications that benefit customers, employees and business owners.
The shifting IT landscape
DevOps has delivered a fundamental change to the IT field that many consider long overdue. Traditional IT functions were not cost-effective, and frequently required reworking to deal with digital disruptions and transformations. IT operations needed a new model, and DevOps stepped up.
By incorporating the latest in cloud hosting, automated tools and technologies, IT models are able to shift away from piecemeal-type projects with short-term goals that focus solely on cost. DevOps brings in innovation-focused, product- and customer-centered models that offer a true leadership role. It shifts from an ‘I said do it, so do it’ type of management to more collaborative control in autonomous teams that make the most of all team members’ superb skills.
Customers are not known for their patience. They want that upgrade now. They want the new app rolled out and the bugs fixed immediately. They are not willing to wait weeks for the delivery.
DevOps predictions for 2017
When reading through the literature on what DevOps expect in 2017, there are several recurring topics in the countless articles, blogs and press releases:
- Security: This is the buzzword and focus predicted most often when talking about the next phase of DevOps. Any innovations coming out in 2017 will likely have to incorporate security measures to survive.
- More containerization: There was a lot of buzz about containers in 2016, so that will most likely continue into the new year. As the container environment becomes more stable and starts to come together under orchestrating tools, more and more containerization will become the norm.
- Consolidating tools: The DevOps tool market seems ready for consolidation. Consumers now demand the best tools, and then try to spin as many of their process functions around them as they can. This demand should drive DevOps towards more end-to-end integration and function that works across a continuous delivery cycle.
- Unity: In 2017, look for unity in development, operations and security. As cyber attackers grow in intensity and sophistication, code must be both good and safe. Solid security must be an integral part of any structure deployed. Security failure can rapidly turn into negative publicity and possibly irreparable brand damage.
- Automation: Simply put, 2017 will be the year of automation for DevOps teams.