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4 More DevOps Considerations for 2017

Software development and DevOps trends are front and center for 2017 enterprises ready to put their customer engagement into overdrive. As we have seen over the past month, more and more trends are pointing towards an increased interest.

One of the major surveys to hit the market in the recent week is RightScale’s State of the Cloud Survey, a gauge of over 1,000 technology leaders and their priorities in the coming year. In addition to the landscape overviews and best-practices advocacies provided by leading research firms IDC, Gartner, and Forrester, RightScale’s survey work uncovers salient themes for those still exploring a DevOps journey.

I downloaded the survey the other day and four more takeaways that I wanted to share here:

  1. AWS Continues to Lead: You did not really need RightScale to let you know that Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to lead – Gartner confirmed this last August. Nonetheless, RightScale’s survey displayed how big this lead is, with the most choosing AWS for their virtual machine deployments. This is not entirely surprising given the solutions in the AWS Toolchain.
  2. Agility is Top of Mind: While optimizing cloud use and workload shifts are top initiatives, answers also in RightScale’s survey by implementing continuous innovation/deployment and the expanding use of containers. Organizations not only want to adopt cloud, but they are also committed to making it work for them as they accelerate their go-to-market strategy.
  3. Agility is Top of Mind (Part 2): As organization’s want to be more agile, they are taking the smallest route possible through containerization. In RightScale’s survey, the tool of choice was Docker, used by 35% of respondents, followed by configuration management tools Docker, Chef, and Puppet. Process matters and we expect more dialogue around the process flow as we go through 2017.
  4. IT Roles will Match DevOps: If you had any fears as to the future of IT’s role in DevOps, put those away. According to the RightScale survey, IT’s role in setting policies, managing deployments, and setting policies remain top priorities, perfect for the DevOps transition. IT will only need to adapt to new skills.

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Albert Qian

Albert Qian is a Marketing Manager at Perficient for our IBM PCS, DevOps, and Enterprise Solutions Partners focused on cloud computing technologies.

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