2023 DevOps Predictions - Part 2
December 06, 2022

Industry experts offer thoughtful, insightful, and often controversial predictions on how DevOps and related technologies will evolve and impact business in 2023. Part 2 covers BizDevOps and more on DevOps.

Start with: 2023 DevOps Predictions - Part 1

BIZDEVOPS DRIVES BUSINESS-DEVELOPMENT COLLABORATION

By blurring the collaboration line between business, development and operations departments, BizDevOps methodology promotes collaboration and increases efficiency in the attainment of core business goals. In 2023, BizDevOps will see more business goals, objectives and visions shared between strategic teams and developers. Strong collaborations between software engineering and business teams will drive faster feedback dissemination and bug identification. This in turn will foster a greater understanding of customer needs, leading to improved product quality and competitive advantage.
Brian Galura
CEO, Convox

BIZDEVOPS GOES MAINSTREAM

While technology has become an integral part of businesses, it is apparent that application development will have to stretch beyond the boundaries of IT. Adaptation of business sense and having an in-depth understanding of how technology influences and impacts business will become mainstream in IT departments. Restructuring the DevOps process and reorganizing it to include business will become the norm in the industry. It will make logical sense to have business, development and support work in tandem to run the business consistently with the help of technology. With low-code and no-code platforms giving more and more power in the hands of businesses to develop applications that satisfy their needs, establishing governance will be crucial, and BizDevOps will be able to bring that necessary change.
Manan Thakkar
Director, Consulting, Synoptek

BIZDEVOPS CONSOLIDATES DEVOPS, SECURITY AND BUSINESS TEAMS

Remote-first organizations will continue to endure cybersecurity threats next year and beyond. Leaders will need to decipher how to best handle the risk and access points across platforms with sensitive data. Therefore, it is necessary for security, DevOps and business teams to converge and continue to anticipate these threats and operate holistically. As companies work toward a singular product vision and business value, the overlap of responsibilities and cross-collaboration will be important.
Jay Paz
Senior Director of Delivery, Cobalt

BIZDEVOPS EVOLVES INTO FINOPS

BizDevOps will continue to adapt and grow. To match the current economy, more BizDevOps will turn into FinOps and start to control the company's cloud financial management strategy and practice. The more a company spends, the more significant impact FinOps practices have; it can drastically change the bottom line and path to profitability. BizDevOps should be adaptive to where it's needed the most, and currently that's understanding, allocating, and reducing usage-based costs in the cloud.
Roi Rav-Hon
CEO and Co-Founder, Finout.io

DEVOPS FATIGUE

With the DevOps movement rising so rapidly and with hundreds of tools thrown around organizations, teams are getting fatigued. Every other sprint, there is a new library or tool that aims at helping manage the chaos, especially those managing the containerized applications in a multi-cloud, multi-CDN landscape. 2023 can and will be used as a year by DevOps mature organizations to take stock and simplify the tech stack.
Mike Elissen
Senior Developer Advocate, Akamai

DEVOPS BACKLASH

After years of DevOps fever, criticism towards DevOps is going to grow, for two different reasons. First, many businesses fail to reap the benefits because they have just implemented tools without changing their working practices. Second, many corporations have, and will continue to, reduce IT operations personnel assuming that Ops would somehow happen by itself in DevOps. Nevertheless, DevOps will continue to deliver success and gain popularity among those that implement it right and, despite temporary hiccups, the crowd of successful DevOps adopters keeps growing.
Esko Hannula
SVP, Product Management, Copado

THE HALO WILL FALL FROM DEVOPS

For the past few years the adoption of DevOps has been a key priority for many organizations seeking to deliver value to their users faster. Organizations have heavily invested in transforming to DevOps and empowered their teams to select their DevOps tools of choice. With the changing economic climate, teams are being challenged to show the benefit and value of the transformations and justify the plethora of tools being used. There will continue to be a variety of tools used in organizations, but there will be a push for rationalization and platforms that can effectively combine tools. In 2023, the need to translate the metrics to show the value of those tools will be paramount.
Wing To
VP of Engineering for Value Stream Delivery Platform & DevOps, Digital.ai

DEVOPS DISPLACED BY PLATFORM ENGINEERING

With the rapid development of Kubernetes and cloud-native applications, organizations are realizing the inadequacies of their IT teams to leverage DevOps practices. We've seen that DevOps workload is difficult to practice in small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as in large enterprises that lack sufficient talent. The gradually accumulated cognitive load ultimately leads to a less agile and efficient collaboration between teams. Given these issues, more organizations in 2023 will reassess the DevOps model and adopt platform engineering as an alternative. With the rapid development of cloud-native applications, platform engineering will gradually replace DevOps in many organizations by providing the Internal Developer Platform that provides a "golden path" to more easily deploy, manage, and scale Kubernetes and applications on top.
Tobi Knaup
Co-Founder and CEO, D2iQ

It is simply infeasible for individual developer teams to manage their own lifecycle, tool chain, and platforms. In 2023, the development environments themselves will be treated as products in their own right and have security checks and controls baked in. This doesn't happen only because of security but because a confluence of other factors coming together: cost efficiency, organization scaling, as well as the up-side benefits of agility, predictability, and flexibility. This need not be a restrictive framework, but rather making developers life easier by offering them the "golden path" which reduces the administrative burden later. The key buzzword here is "platform engineering" and it will represent an evolution of the teams currently called "DevOps support." This ties heavily into the theme of reusability, and Gartner forecasts that 80% of organizations will adopt this mindset by 2026. I think this is a good thing; it makes compliance, security, situational awareness much easier and ties up many loose ends.
Michael White
Technical Director and Principal Architect, Synopsys Software Integrity Group

We're going to see a wholesale shift from DevOps to platform engineering in 2023. Historically, the terms "DevOps" or "DevSecOps" have tried to include too much in their job function, so we are now seeing developer teams increasingly adopt platforms that streamline tasks such as writing rules and policies, creating pipelines, and writing code. The industry is going to lean heavily into adopting platforms that empower teams to do their best work by not overburdening one group with certain tasks and, instead, operating as a team in a platform. By leveraging a platform engineering approach, developer teams can work smarter, faster and provide more business value with stronger outcomes.
Nick Durkin
Field CTO, Harness

Over 2022, there was increasing talk about platform engineering, and we see this set to continue to grow. Loosely defined, platform engineering teams deliver shared infrastructure platforms and continuously develop maintain and support underlying infrastructure allowing for DevOps at scale. Although, in some respects, a rebranding of the infrastructure teams that have been around for decades, platform engineering is also a reflection and a recognition of these teams' central and essential role.
Deepak Giridharagopal
CTO, Puppet by Perforce

DEVOPS AND IT JOIN FORCES THROUGH PLATFORM ENGINEERING

From a handshake to a hug — DevOps and IT will come together through Platform Engineering. Traditionally, IT has dictated from the top down which tools the organization will use for development. Now, through platform engineering, IT and developers will come closer together, both as a new collaborative framework and an evolved toolset. We will see the rise of frictionless self-service developer portals, and IT can evolve to become more supportive than instructive; developers will tell IT which tools they want to use, and IT will be able to seamlessly accommodate their requests. Developers will spend less time on infrastructure tasks, and more time on creating applications, adding accelerated value for their organizations.
Bernard Sanders
Co-Founder, CloudBolt

DEVOPS DOES NOT DIE IN 2023

DevOps is not going to die in 2023 (and probably not ever as long as we have applications we need to operate)! The main thing that is going to happen is better role definitions thanks to the rise of platform engineering as a well-defined discipline under the DevOps domains, and we will see this happening much more with the discussion of what DevOps, Platform Engineering and SREs are actually coming to the forefront for. We will have people focusing on how to develop internal tools for dev to be more efficient.
Itiel Shwartz,
CTO and Co-Founder, Komodor

Start with: 2023 DevOps Predictions - Part 3, covering developers and the developer experience.

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