DevOpsI know it’s a little daunting to be talking about what we’ll be looking back at for the year when we’ve just kicked off 2018, but I think this will be the year to remember for DevOps, as many tools and practices grow out of the “DevOps movement” and become “mainstream” for both the mid-size and enterprise IT organizations.

For a little context, I spend a good part of my time traveling around the country talking to various medium-to-large sized businesses and engage with both CTO/CIOs and engineers. What I’ve found is that although everyone still seems to have their own definition of what “DevOps” looks like in their business, there are some emerging trends.

The first is containerization. I know I sound like a broken record, but containerization is finally ready for primetime. The leaders in the solution space have surfaced and matured, and the cloud providers are all on board with toolsets that are robust and production-ready. The journey to containerization is not turn-key, nor is it appropriate for every environment, but with the proper strategy, containerization adoption will generate ROI like nothing the IT world has seen since virtualization.

The second is automation. We’ve always had some kind of automation. What’s different now is the maturity and install base of the most common automation tools and platforms. The Dev-Ops “primary objective” of bottleneck-hunting has resulted in highly-evolved and highly-capable automation tools and platforms. Modern automation tools allow even the most conservative organization to automate processes from development/build through QA and deployment, without having to make it up as they go. In fact, the biggest obstacle I see in the automation space are challenges across traditional organizational structures and silos.

The third is configuration management and provisioning. Even if you are not ready to take the DevOps plunge, every organization can realize the immediate and tangible benefits of adopting any one of a number of tools in this space. The software-defined datacenter is here to stay, and adopting these tools and processes will make deploying, managing and monitoring orders of magnitude more manageable and efficient within your organization.

When it comes to DevOps technologies, one size does not fit all, but 2018 is the year you should be taking a hard look at these areas to see what fits in your environment, and what can provide real, measurable value. If you have questions about your DevOps strategy, please email me or visit for more information about our DevOps services.