DevOps: 2019 Results and Next Prediction from the DevOps Community

There is just over a month left until the new year, you can start to take stock. We asked the participants of the DevOps community and the organizers of the DevOpsDays Moscow conference about the most important, in their opinion, events in the DevOps world over the past year and about their expectations from 2020.

The questions were answered by: Alexander Titov (Express 42), Alexander Chistyakov (vdsina.ru), Valeria Pilia (Deutsche bank), Azat Hadiev (Mail.ru Cloud Solutions) and Vladimir Utratenko (X5 Retail Group).

Alexander Titov, managing partner of Express 42, organizer of the DevOps Moscow community and DevOpsDays Moscow conferences

What events in the world of DevOps over the past year do you remember most? What is the most interesting thing happened?

Most of all I remember the return to the origins of DevOps, namely, the solution to the problems of interaction between people that was described by Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais in the book “Team Topologies”. The guys started with a github with a description of the bad and good practices for creating DevOps teams, and now they have reached a new level. By the way, Express 42 translated their site, and the topologies can be read in Russian – DevOps Topologies.

I am glad that we not only discuss technologies, but also learn to work differently.

What books, articles, speeches about DevOps over the past year did you like, and do you recommend them?

Again, a performance by Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais at the DevOps Enterprise Summit in June – Monoliths vs Microservices is Missing the Point — Start with Team Cognitive Load – Team Topologies.

Of the latter, Slack was extremely surprised by their overlay network for a hybrid cloud, the DevSecOps theme is very sore and such technological breakthroughs can strongly move the industry.

What do you expect from the DevOps industry in 2020?

Traditionally, I am waiting for more separation of practices and separation of roles, SRE practice has already stood out, the profession of SRE (hello, DevOps-engineers) has appeared, in the future more and more new professions will appear.

Alexander Chistyakov, evangelist of vdsina.ru, speaker of DevOpsDays Moscow

What events in the world of DevOps over the past year do you remember most? What is the most interesting thing happened?

Pulumi Infrastructure Library came into the view of the community.

What books, articles, speeches about DevOps over the past year did you like, and do you recommend them?

I carefully read Cloudflare’s blog, but it doesn't seem like DevOps anymore.

What do you expect from the DevOps industry in 2020?

Docker as a product must die (completely move to the enterprise and be replaced by alternative solutions outside the enterprise), I hope he does so in 2020.

Valeria Pilia, one of the organizers of DevOpsDays Moscow, Infrastructure Engineer at Deutsche bank

What events in the world of DevOps over the past year do you remember most? What is the most interesting thing happened?

For me personally it was, of course, the anniversary DevOpsDays in Ghent. The opportunity to talk, on the one hand, with people from different countries who are professionally immersed in the topic of DevOps, work as engineers and leads in large companies, are burning with these ideas. And on the other hand, they are organizers of DevOpsDays in their hometowns and hold these conferences in completely different conditions, but they face similar problems that they are trying to solve together. Real international teamwork! Emotional exaggeration of emotions from meeting them.

It seems that this year everyone has finally understood that k8s is now the standard. This led to a massive introduction of it wherever it is necessary and not necessary. Apparently, next year everyone will understand why they did it.

What books, articles, speeches about DevOps over the past year did you like, and do you recommend them?

Disclaimer: I’m not at all the person who needs to be informed about this, the role of a homegrown expert and adviser is not close to me. Therefore, there are only a few things that seem useful to me for scoring.

I definitely recommend Leon Fire's report at DevOpsConf 2019. He surprisingly succeeds in combining the simplicity of the story, behind which, it seems, are logical-captain, but, in fact, deep ideas. He also has a good book, DevOps and Business.

What do you expect from the DevOps industry in 2020?

I look forward to a deeper understanding of the issue. I always wait for this 🙂 I also wait for more people to come and say: "I don’t understand anything about this your DevOps, let's talk about it." More high-quality dialogues and joint attempts to agree on what we can do and change, and what – we just think we can’t.

Azat Khadiev, member of the DevOpsDays Moscow program committee, senior developer at Mail.ru Cloud Solutions

What events in the world of DevOps over the past year do you remember most? What is the most interesting thing happened?

I don’t remember anything special. And this is an event in itself. For me, 2019 was the year when absolutely no one needs to explain what DevOps is. Moreover, people finally began to ask more often the question, what advantages will it give me, can I speed up the delivery of features and stuff like that. And, finally, decisions began to be made that were different from “we will hire more people who will move DevOps”, and companies began to look more often inside, at their teams and their interactions.

What books, articles, speeches about DevOps over the past year did you like, and do you recommend them?

From books: "Designing Data-Intensive Applications" by Martin Kleppmann. Although it is not directly related to DevOps, it will be useful to everyone who works in the field of software development. The introduction just explains why today almost everyone is developing in the conditions of data-intensive environments and you cannot continue to say “we are not Facebook / Google / Amazon” and ignore modern developments in operation and development.

From the speeches: Kirill Tolkachev and Maxim Gorelikov “Getting sh! T done in devops style”.

What do you expect from the DevOps industry in 2020?

The total presence of public clouds at all stages of development. In my opinion, it was only thanks to them that the ideas of CI / CD really took off and today no one is in doubt. In the future, companies that for some reason limit themselves in the use of clouds will not withstand competition and will leave the market.

I also expect that the Serverless development paradigm will expand its presence, but so far is unlikely to enter the hype stage.

Vladimir Utratenko, one of the organizers of DevOpsDays Moscow, SRE Lead in X5 Retail Group

What events in the world of DevOps over the past year do you remember most? What is the most interesting thing happened?

Handbook in Russian, State of DevOps by DORA and, perhaps, a victorious procession of SRE practices – as far as I could see, the most hype around them began this year.

What books, articles, speeches about DevOps over the past year did you like, and do you recommend them?

It’s hard to say – there were a lot of things. Probably, Andrey Alexandrov’s lightning at the New Year’s DevOps Moscow meetup about Trunk Based Development is a direct discovery, and Grigory Petrov’s speech about a personal brand in IT is very important, especially for the DevOps evangelist.

What do you expect from the DevOps industry in 2020?

I wonder what the DevOps Engineer spherical in a vacuum will degenerate into and whether companies will get to the point that it's still an antipattern.


Come get acquainted with the community and discuss what is happening in the DevOps world at DevOpsDays Moscow. The conference will be held on Saturday, December 7, at the Technopolis (metro station Tekstilshchiki). Program and registration – on the conference website.

There will be speeches from Baruch Sadogursky, Alexander Chistyakov, Sergey Puzyrev, Andrey Shorin, Mikhail Chinkov, Pavel Selivanov, workshops, Lightning Talks, open spaces, a quiz and afterparty.

Thanks to the partners who help us hold this conference: Mail.ru Cloud Solutions, Rosbank, X5 Retail Group, Deutsche Bank Group, DataLine, Avito Tech, Express 42.

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