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2016 – Shaping up to Be the Year of DevOps By @Anders_Wallgren | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

While the year may be winding down, we are getting excited about what 2016 holds for DevOps, Agile, and Continuous Delivery

Weekly Top 10: 2016 - Shaping up to Be the Year of DevOps

It's hard to believe we are already in the final month of 2015! While the year may be winding down, we are getting excited about what 2016 holds for DevOps, Agile, and Continuous Delivery. As we sift through all the predictions buzz, one thing remains constant: DevOps isn't going anywhere. In fact, it's plunging into 2016 full steam ahead. According to a report by Gartner, 25% of Global 2,000 companies will be using DevOps methodologies in 2016. Continue reading below to learn more predictions, trends, and issues that we may see in the coming year.

1. Digital Transformation will Shape 2016

By @sarahkwhite| Published on @CIOonline

What will IT leaders focus on in 2016? The recently released "IDC FutureScape: Worldside CIO Agenda 2016 Predictions" report outlines what the research firms sees as the most significant predictions for the coming years. According to IDC, the biggest issues in IT leadership will center on business needs, capabilities and availability related to digital transformation. The data shows that two-thirds of CEOs plan to focus on digital transformation strategies for 2016 and that CIOs will be major players in leading every department through this shift.

2. Beyond DevOps, Part 2: Security vs. Speed?

By John Esposito| Published on @DZone

Fail fast, fail often. Yeah, but the first failure blew up the satellite. Well, this is just a photo-sharing app...not rocket science. Okay, but your photos are accessed by users who have passwords that they probably use for other things...and aren't some photos as important as satellites? Several problems arise when the harm of software failure cannot be treated as an unbound variable. Here are some thoughts on two. I'll write more on two more (one cognitive, one computational) later.

3. QA and DevOps: Reinventing the Tester's Role in the Face of Automation

By @ErickaChick | Published on @TechBeacon

The velocity of innovation afforded by DevOps is one of the most fundamental drivers of IT's shift to this new mode of software development and delivery. But if an organization forgets to effectively account for quality in a pell-mell dash to DevOps, it's missing half the point. DevOps practices are intended not only to improve the cadence of feature releases but also to reduce defects. In the end it isn't just about continuous delivery, but overall continuous improvement of software as well.

4. The State of DevOps in 2016

By @BenRossi89 | Published on @InformationAge

DevOps has significant importance to any company delivering software or technical services today. With Gartner predicting that 25% of Global 2000 organisations will be leveraging it in 2016, it's key to understand what it means and what it can do for a business. Defining DevOps is trickier than you would think, primarily because of its wide usage. It is essentially shorthand, and nothing more than that, for a lean approach to software delivery.

5. Forecast 2016: 5 Disruptors to Keep on Your Radar

By @bethstack | Published on @CIOonline

You've honed your list of hot technologies to focus on in 2016, but you also need to make longer-term plans and prepare for changes that are fast approaching by keeping an eye on developments just now taking shape. What should be on your radar screen as we head into the new year? The 182 IT professionals who participated in the Computerworld Forecast 2016 survey singled out these five potentially disruptive technologies and trends: the rise of DevOps, virtualization 2.0, carbon-reducing technologies, the evolution of the IT-marketing alignment, and a sharpening of IT's focus on the customer experience. Here's a look at what our survey revealed about each of those emerging areas.

6. Waterfall-to-Agile Transition: Five Tips from Bose

By @SueTroy | Published on @TechTarget

CIOs today are under pressure to support their company's transformation to a digital business model. One impediment to that transformation can be the speed with which software development takes place within an organization, especially with Waterfall development, the linear software development model that begins with a well-defined concept and proceeds in sequential fashion to finished product. Agile development promises to accelerate that process and thereby minimize app dev as an obstacle to digital transformation.

7. Why DevOps Is Burning out Developers

By @TomerLevy | Published on @infoworld

Workplace stress costs the U.S economy hundreds of billions of dollars per year and is prevalent across all types of organizations and workplaces. If you have adopted or are in the process of adopting the devops methodology and culture, chances are your software developers are burning out as well. Devops is about bringing operations and development teams closer. The two parties both need to be responsible for the successes and failures of their services. Developers are having to come to grips with a broader range of responsibilities that may even include supporting production events and urgent matters in addition to performing their existing development tasks.

8. IT Turnover: How to Keep Cloud and DevOps Projects on Track

By @Logicworks | Published by @cloud_comp_news

It is no secret that it is difficult to recruit and retain IT talent. Millennial disloyalty, boredom, stressful workplaces, and the ubiquitous advice that job-switching leads to higher salaries are some of the many reasons employee tenure is reaching all-time lows across multiple industries. Low employee retention in the enterprise always means expense and disruption. Turnover among cloud engineers and in DevOps teams is especially painful. According to a recent survey of IT executives, 43% of polled companies report being understaffed in IT. Furthermore, 41% of large firms pursued cloud expertise in 2015, greater than the number that pursued security, network, or data analytics expertise. Replacing lost cloud engineers can take months and delay projects making it particularly challenging for companies beginning DevOps transformations or establishing small, efficient pockets of cloud-based teams.

9. Investing in Failure

By @mcasperson| Published on @DZone

Investing in failure is a seemingly absurd idea. Failure is a dirty word in enterprise, costing money, degrading performance, tarnishing reputations and never creating anything that shows up on the bottom line. The paradox for developers is that there is little opportunity to do the same thing the same way over and over again.

10.  Building an Agile Team: Go from Fantasy to Reality

By @IdanBauer | Published on @TechBeaconCom

You may think you're part of an agile team, but there's a good chance that's a fantasy. This was the situation in my organization when I arrived from a startup environment that had a much better understanding of agile. In my new organization, a large enterprise, people thought they were agile because they had reduced their development cycle from four weeks down to two-week sprints. But in fact that was a fantasy. The reality was that their drop cycle was still four weeks long, different teams were dependent on each other, and releases were still being planned six to nine months in advance-then getting delayed. Sound familiar? Are you hearing the roar of water as it quickly loses potential energy?

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Anders Wallgren is Chief Technology Officer of Electric Cloud. Anders brings with him over 25 years of in-depth experience designing and building commercial software. Prior to joining Electric Cloud, Anders held executive positions at Aceva, Archistra, and Impresse. Anders also held management positions at Macromedia (MACR), Common Ground Software and Verity (VRTY), where he played critical technical leadership roles in delivering award winning technologies such as Macromedia’s Director 7 and various Shockwave products.

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