Examining the Future of DevOps – Video Series #2

Where will DevOps be a few decades from now? Can DevOps ever truly integrate into an organization and shine a light on its true value? How can we in the DevOps field work together to bring DevOps out of its siloed position into one of a mutual knowledge sharing with other functional teams? These are some of the industry concerns DevOps leaders explored at the recent Verinext and Forty8Fifty Labs Tech Summit.

None of these concerns wield overnight solutions. However, we are excited that our partners believe DevOps is heading down the path to eliminating silos and raising its profile as a contributor to an organization’s business value. Getting closer to customer needs and collaborating with UX teams are among the activities partners say will help DevOps value be more evident.

During this video series, you will hear how technology like automation, AI, and machine learning are being used to improve DevOps functionality and to, most importantly, create a better user experience for their customers.

In the following video, Forty8Fifty Labs interviews Luke Kanies, Founder and Executive Chairperson of Puppet. It’s a great perspective on Luke’s vision in starting Puppet to get people out of team silos and to encourage DevOps to have a greater understanding of their role in customer success. Startups act like one team, whether development, marketing or sales, and are a good role model for organizations to follow, he says. Having teams build on the same tool chain helps eliminate silos so teams can share success and knowledge, he adds.

Luke rejects the notion that automation eliminates jobs, saying it can not only free humans to do more strategic work but also expand learning and user demand, a benefit to customers.


Taking a look at the future, Luke notes DevOps is in the early days of evolution and there is much work still to be done by DevOps to understand and describe better what it does, and be able to measure its value to the customer effectively. Incremental change is the nature of software development, he says, and that’s okay. Other major cultural shifts like the Industrial Revolution also occurred in increments.