2021 IT Ops Prediction: DevOps
February 18, 2021
Share this

The agile, DevOps approach to IT, as enabled by nimble, scalable cloud services, encourages incremental wins and daring experimentation. Release new features in smaller, quicker updates; try new things, assess and adjust quickly, and pull the plug if necessary. Chalk up a loss to experience and growth, rather than slam some ambitious engineer or product manager for an unsuccessful venture.

"Cloud platforms, DevOps disciplines and digital technologies enable a culture of experiment, fail and iterate," says Sendur Sellakumar. But that's because we're no longer in a waterfall world where just the "experiment" part of that equation took 18-24 months. "It can't take three years to fail. And in a digital world, it doesn't have to."

Even allowing for factors such as varying levels of regulation or data sensitivity from one industry to the next, organizations are going to find that their increasing adoption of cloud will enable — and instigate — a more experimental mindset.

Prediction: Successful organizations will blur (or erase) the line between ITOps and DevOps

The embrace of cloud, the related importance of observability, the "fail fast" mantra ... why didn't we just cut this whole thing down to two words: Adopt DevOps?

Because it's not that simple. DevOps is not an inevitable destination for every IT organization. In fact, says Sendur Sellakumar, it's not exactly a destination at all.

"People say the DevOps movement is a transformation and a journey; I actually don't think it's a journey," Sellakumar says. "I think it's a different way of adopting, and it increases the heterogeneity of the operating model for our companies."

In other words, for most organizations, DevOps has to coexist with traditional IT operations.

"There's a natural limit to where it makes business sense to transition to DevOps," Sellakumar says. "If you're a large insurance organization that has a third of your business running on mainframes, it probably doesn't make sense to change that to a DevOps model."

But don't try telling insurance CEOs that their industry is no place for agility and digital experimentation. Velocity and customer focus are central to every industry in the Data Age, and DevOps' more holistic view of software development — from conception to consumer — help get you there.

"The DevOps practices of continuous integration and continuous deployment are fundamental to achieving necessary velocity," says Splunk CIO Steve McMahon.

So bring a little DevOps to every aspect of IT operations. You don't even have to call it DevOps, McMahon says.

"DevOps means something different to everyone, anyway," he notes. "To me, it means that I deploy code and am responsible for that code after it goes live. So I have to have the relevant information to understand how the code is performing so that if need be, I can quickly roll it back, and the service is barely impacted at all. That's really what DevOps and the core practices of continuous integration and continuous deployment mean to me."

These are the values, regardless of the specific tools, technologies and terms of art, that will drive IT operations in the Data Age.

This is an excerpt from the ebook: Splunk IT Operations Predictions 2021

Share this

The Latest

March 02, 2021

The Model T automobile was introduced in 1908 ... Within a few years, competitors arrived on the scene including relic names such as Overland, Maxwell, and names that survived like Buick and Dodge. So, what does this have to do with the hybrid cloud market? From a business perspective — a lot ...

March 01, 2021

DevOps Institute announced the launch of the 2021 SRE Survey in collaboration with Catchpoint and VMware Tanzu. The survey will result in a more in-depth understanding of how SRE teams are organized, how they are measured, and a deep dive into specific automation needs within SRE teams ...

February 25, 2021

Organizations use data to fuel their operations, make smart business decisions, improve customer relationships, and much more. Because so much value can be extracted from data its influence is generally positive, but it can also be detrimental to a business experiencing a serious disruption such as a cyberattack, insider threat, or storage platform-specific hack or bug ...

February 24, 2021

Previously siloed IT teams and technologies are converging as enterprises accelerate their modernization efforts in reaction to COVID-19, according to a study by LogicMonitor ...

February 23, 2021

You surf the internet, don't you? While all of us are at home due to Covid lock-down and accepting a new reality, the majority of the work is happening online. IT managers are looking for tools that can track the user digital experience. Executives are reading a report from Gartner or Forrester about some of the best networking monitoring solutions available on the market. Project managers are using Microsoft Teams online to communicate and ensure team members are meeting deliverables on time. Remote employees everywhere use OWA to check their office mails. No matter what, you can be quite sure that everyone is using their favorite browser and search engine for connecting online and accomplish tasks ...

February 22, 2021

With the right solutions, teams can move themselves out of the shadows of error resolution and into the light of innovation. Observability data, drawn from their systems and imbued with context from AI, lets teams automate the issues holding them back. Contextualized data and insights also give them the language to speak to the incremental, product-led approach and the direction to drive key innovations in customer experience improvement. Communicating value becomes a much easier proposition for DevOps practitioners — and they can take their seat at the company table as contributors to value ...

February 18, 2021

Prediction: Successful organizations will blur (or erase) the line between ITOps and DevOps. DevOps has to coexist with traditional IT operations ... So bring a little DevOps to every aspect of IT operations. You don't even have to call it DevOps ...

February 17, 2021

The use of unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions has increased since the start of the pandemic, and this increased use has created challenges for IT teams, according to a survey commissioned by NETSCOUT SYSTEMS ...

February 16, 2021
The AI+ITOPS Podcast just hit the 10K + download mark early this month. Most people listen to entire episodes, and many engage with us by sending a note on LinkedIn, Twitter, a direct email asking questions, clarifications, strategy advice, product selection advice ...
February 11, 2021

Cloud-based innovations like microservices, containers and orchestration let developers code better, faster, but the underlying infrastructure becomes dynamic and ephemeral, and service-level interactions are hard to see. It’s a critical evolution, but the rapid change reduces visibility, predictability and control. Hence, observability ...