2015 Predictions for Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery

What will 2015 bring for DevOps teams everywhere? We asked a few experts what they predict will happen for the year ahead. Read on to see what they had to say and then leave your own prediction in the comments.

CI/CD software is already the main enabler of the industrial revolution happening in software engineering, at all steps of the lifecycle. It will have the same impact on businesses as what MRP and ERP software did for manufacturing and business processes in the 1980/90s. 2015 will confirm this trend and make CI/CD a strategic topic for C-level management, far beyond IT and DevOps discussions.François Déchery, VP of Services

Continuous Delivery continues to be as foggy as “Cloud”, but becomes as ubiquitous. Continuous Deployment vendors continue to struggle turning operations into coders. Continuous Integration is identified as the core building block to a Continuous Delivery solution. James Brown, Director of Global Support at CloudBees

(Docker) containers will become first-class citizen as continuous delivery best “artifact” candidates to go through the validation pipeline. So need for repository to manage promoting them to the next step, and dedicated orchestration tools.Nicolas de Loof, Engineer at CloudBees

Continuous Delivery is going to require a fundamental re-alignment of Development and Operations teams and their reporting lines. The successful companies will be those that blur the lines between these hitherto separate reporting lines. There will be a lot of “talk” by companies on wanting Continuous Deployment but only those that change their organisational structure will be successful. – Nigel Harniman, Senior Solution Architect at CloudBees

With CI workflow & Container technology (Docker) we will now move to distributed integration testing for complex apps.  An example will be ‘chaining’ test together to streamline Long-running test or loosely coupled services.  The other big change I see with CI workflow features like “Pausable Builds/Deploy” is bringing the enterprise business leads into this workflow process to streamline product code deployment outside of the “IT shop” and allow product leads to decide the best way to deliver value to companies customers. – Mario Cruz, Co-Founder and CTO of Choose Digital

Continuous Delivery, Cloud and DevOps (2CD) are three waves that will fundamentally reset the way IT produces business value. Half a dozen start-ups will be at the center of those waves and materially disrupt the IT landscape. They’ll be clearly identified by end of 2015 and doing at least $100m in revenues by the end of 2017.

All cloud vendors will have put in place a comprehensive Continuous Delivery offering in place, through either build, partner or acquire.

Historical enterprise Infrastructure software vendors have, for the most part, fought their internal conflicts between “legacy” software and next-gen public cloud services, and will roll-out full-scale, truly committed, hybrid offerings

The lightweight container war that got initiated at the end of 2014 will only grow and expand throughout 2015 with new competitors and “open source code wars” to be expected. As with any commoditization layer, we should expect at most 2 vendors to emerge.  Sacha Labourey, CEO of CloudBees

 I think Randy Sparkels sums it up succinctly in the CloudPrognosticator journal (Issue #12 - Dec 2014): Cloud based continuous development, integration and delivery will finally allow the agile melding of requirements, model, code, testing and delivery to be fused cost efficiently into the business workflow - optimizing capital and true benefits realization.”  Ben Walding, Software Engineer at CloudBees

What are your predictions for 2015?


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