AD&D 2016 Predictions: PaaS and DevOps, Where 1 + 1 = 3

As part of my research planning for 2016, I sat down with ESG VP John McKnight to talk about application development and deployment predictions for 2016. PaaS and DevOps have both been around for a decade.

It’s also taken that much time for PaaS and DevOps to mature to the point where enterprises see both as crucial to IT strategy and as their ticket to digital transformation. While every leading vendor provides comprehensive tooling to help developers build custom applications, how many have a complete or coherent DevOps message? Listen to this short video to hear what needs to happen to PaaS and DevOps:

Video transcript:

Announcer: The following is an ESG360 video.

John: I'm here today with Steve Hendrick, Principal Analyst for application development and deployment research for ESG. Welcome, Steve.

Steve: Thanks, John. Appreciate it.

John: So we'll be talking today about what you expect to see in the application development space in the coming years. So what are some of the major trends that you'll be looking out for?

Steve: Well, I think a key trend for 2016 will really be the fact that PaaS will save DevOps and DevOps will save PaaS. So both PaaS and DevOps have been around for at least a decade and I think really are in the process of suffering an identity crisis of something.

PaaS is well known for the ability to help you build applications and in many respects deploy applications. But the idea of building an application, just cutting some code is a relatively thin value proposition when it comes to PaaS. So PaaS really needs to be something more than that.

John: It's certainly a crowded space.

Steve: Correct. Yes, lots of interest, lots of interest in the PaaS space. Now DevOps has also been around for a long time, DevOps is all about closing the loop between developers and IT managers from the standpoint of IT operations. But the reality is that it's a tremendously complicated and difficult problem to solve and it's really aggravated by the fact that we have these very extensive and fragmented tool chains that come together to help us make DevOps happen.

Really, what I think is going to happen and what needs to happen in the industry is for DevOps and PaaS to come together. And by coming together, we'll really have a situation where one plus one can equal three. It's much like the concept of Australia and vegemite, the two just go naturally together.

So anyway, the focal point here, from the standpoint of how these come together, will be around application deployment. And that will be the crux of the issue and policy-driven automation by new players in the DevOps space will be instrumental from the standpoint of being able to unify and integrate the tool chains in ways that we've never seen before. And as a consequence, both DevOps and PaaS will come together, will become far more unified, each one will rely upon the other and ultimately, that will lead to a renaissance of what's happening in the PaaS market space.

John: So the need to adopt DevOps and a more agile development model creates, actually, the need for more flexible tools, which can be provided by PaaS, which in turn creates the demand for the PaaS, therefore there's a virtuous cycle.

Steve: That's exactly right.

John: Makes sense. Excellent. Well, very interesting, that's a very unique take. I hope our viewers outside of the Australian market understand the vegemite reference. If you don't, you can Google that you'll find that's some interesting Australian foodstuffs. But more importantly, to read more of Steve's research, you can visit

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Topics: Cloud Services & Orchestration