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Last Updated Jan 24, 2017 — Enterprise Agile Planning expert

Analysts Discuss DevOps Innovation in 2017 with CollabNet

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As the new year gains a little traction, we’re continuing to focus on innovation; that’s what drives us forward as DevOps evolves and software development practices are streamlined.

One of our greatest innovations last year was CollabNet DevOps Lifecycle Manager (DLM). CollabNet DLM made waves in the industry and is a major step forward for companies looking to automate the software development lifecycle (SDLC) from start to finish.

This year, we’re looking forward to developing and releasing more new technology as we do our part to continue to advance DevOps.

Thinking about the future, we spoke with some top industry analysts to get their take on technology and innovation in DevOps. We’ve broken our Q&A into three blog posts, each addressing a different question:

Part I : Looking Back: “What were the greatest successes made in 2016 in the software development industry, specifically for ALM and DevOps?”

Part II: Thinking Ahead:  “What are going to be the major organizational/environmental or social challenges for enterprises expanding Agile initiatives into DevOps in 2017?”

Today, we’ll tackle what’s going to be new.

What technologies/innovations will emerge in 2017 that will have the biggest impact on the DevOps industry?

“I think the area for greatest innovation is for more integration between the various functions and tools in DevOps. We’ve seen great innovation in specific areas, such as collaboration, communication, or automation, but how do we more tightly integrate those functions together and also manage them?  Also, I continue to see potential for innovations on integrating and migrating traditional development models and processes into Agile and DevOps.”

  • Edwin Yuen, Analyst at ESG


“Containers 2.0 – the Force Awakens. Current container technology is pretty weak: there are large security issues in sharing so much of the underlying resources in the way that Docker does. CoreOS rkt is moving things in the right direction; Virtuozzo system containers do a great job in combining the best of VMs and application containers. Expect 2017 to see some pretty fundamental changes in container technology – and therefore how DevOps will have to deal with them across a broad, heterogeneous cloud environment.”

  • Clive Longbottom, Founder and Analyst at Quocirca


“We now have the data throughout the SDLC. The next step is assistive lifecycle management using this historic data to navigate risks in the software delivery pipeline. This will have implications to resourcing, capacity management, and release management.”

Also, “Increased emphasis on IoT will require significant maturity in distributed application testing. Tools need to mature in order to accommodate this demand.”


“Containerization and serverless computing are beginning to revolutionize how we think about application development and deployment. These technologies will challenge software quality assurance from an integration standpoint. This will require a more comprehensive approach to integration testing and completeness and consistence checking of the policy that drives the decision on actions.”

  • Stephen Hendrick, AD Research


It will be interesting to see how these expert insights on innovation and new technology play out as the year progresses. We’re especially looking forward to seeing more mature tools as integration increases, new advancements and best practices for containers, more comprehensive integration testing, and assistive lifecycle management as the next step for the SDLC.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Edwin, Clive, Altaz, and Stephen for sharing their thoughts on innovation in 2017 and for participating in this three-part Q&A series!

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