Why DevOps Will Have To Change This Year

Why DevOps Will Have To Change This Year

Rocked by COVID in 2020, DevOps teams will face new challenges — and opportunities — over the next 12 months. Here’s a look at what to expect.


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DevOps underwent many changes in 2020 as developers headed home to face the challenges presented by the pandemic as well as a variety of emerging technologies. As the new year arrives, even more changes are in store.

Although 2020 may now be viewed as a year of survival, it really was just as much a year of innovation for small and large businesses alike, observed Dave Garrett, chief strategy and growth officer for the Project Management Institute, a nonprofit project management organization. The pandemic has impacted every industry — some harder than others — and forced everyone into emergency innovation, he noted. “As we look toward 2021, this rapid innovation will need to continue for organizations to leverage emerging technologies and thrive in the workplace ‘new normal’.”

With the arrival of new flexible working arrangements, organizations will need to embrace remote collaboration for delivering digital capabilities at speed via Agile and DevOps. “This will result in the continued evolution of Agile and DevOps practices,” said Jason Brucker, managing director at business and technology consulting Protiviti.

Remote possibilities

With remote work the new norm, DevOps will experience significant growth and be more relevant than ever before, predicted Susie Wee, a Cisco senior vice president and general manager of Cisco DevNet and CX Ecosystem Success. “Organizations will rely on their employees to quickly adapt to new technology standards and familiarize themselves with emerging services and tools,” she stated. “DevOps gives the workforce the ability to deploy these services, applications, and platforms as securely and efficiently as possible.”