It feels like just yesterday we were ringing in 2017, getting ready for another exciting chapter in the evolution of DevOps and software delivery. And, what a whirlwind of a year it was! DevOps has now become a common practice in organizations in almost every industry – from aerospace and telecom to financial services and retail. As enterprises tackle increasingly complex software delivery requirements and new technologies, we’ve also seen the proliferation of DevOps tools grow exponentially. While this made for an exciting year, it also brought with it some challenges. A challenge for tools vendors to keep up with the ever increasing customer demands, and a challenge for enterprises to make sense of all these tools at their disposal. On top of that, the trend towards microservices has proven to be a daunting task as enterprises start to break down their monoliths and legacy architecture into smaller, independent services, all while having to keep their current systems running. We certainly learned a lot as an industry in 2017 and are looking forward to tackling more challenges and rising with the tides in 2018.
With all of this in mind, we wanted to reflect a little bit on some of the highlights for Electric Cloud this past year. From analyst reports to community initatives, here’s what you may have missed:
1. Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Release Automation:
Electric Cloud named a Leader for the 2nd year in a row, positioned highest for execution.
For the second year in a row, we were honored to announce that Electric Cloud was positioned as a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for ARA. Gartner’s highly sought-after 2017 Magic Quadrant and Critical Capabilities for ARA considered vendors based on a minimum of three product-related functions, namely 1) Automation 2) Environment Modeling and 3) Release Coordination. From our perspective, these elements support the goal of end-to-end DevOps toolchain orchestration, which enables greater release agility, faster time to production, consistent methods for continual deployment, quality through automation and constant feedback loops.
2.The Forrester Wave™: Continuous Delivery and Release Automation:
Electric Cloud named a Leader
Forrester, a leading independent research firm, ranked Electric Cloud as a leader in the Q3 Wave report for Continuous Delivery and Release Automation (CDRA). In last year’s Wave, Forrester focused on Application Release Automation (ARA) as a way to deliver applications into production. In 2017, they have expanded the scope of the report to focus on Continuous Delivery Release Automation – a subtle switch, but one which serves Electric Cloud very well given the breadth of features in our unified Dev-to-Prod automation platform.
3.DevOps Enterprise Summit 2017
What a great year it was for DOES17! As always, it was honor to be Founding Partner of the San Francisco event. This year saw almost 1,600 of our DevOps peers, thought leaders and academics join for three nonstop days of action. We were blown away by the caliber of presentations this year covering topics from business buy-in and leadership to architecture and security and compliance. Leaders from companies like Nike, Amazon, Disney, Lockheed Martin, Nationwide Insurance, Starbucks and dozens more humbled all of us with their stories of trials, tribulations, roadblocks and challenges. We truly felt that no matter what our company size or industry was, that we are all on this journey together. It was also great seeing the positive reception to the 20+ sessions in our track – with several sessions standing-room only! If you were able to attend this year, thank you for making DOES17 the best year yet – we hope to see you at DOES18!
Check out the videos for the EC track below:
4.ElectricFlow 8.0 with DevOps Insights
With five major releases of ElectricFlow in 2017, we really dedicated our time to improving our flagship product, incorporating customer feedback and staying ahead of the market in terms of features, functionality, scale and stability. The release of ElectricFlow 8.0 included the industry-first DevOps Insights. This innovative feature automatically pulls key metrics from any tools being orchestrated as part of the end-to-end delivery process—from user story tracking and build automation to test automation and operations. A software development kit (SDK) allows teams to easily extend the solution to capture custom metrics from new tools.
5.Continuous Discussions (#c9d9):
More than 80 episodes strong, with some of the best DevOps experts from the community!
Last, but not least, we had a great year of Continuous Discussions (#c9d9). If you don’t know, #c9d9 is our bi-weekly live podcast series featuring software delivery experts discussing the latest trends in DevOps, Agile, Continuous Delivery and more. This year we were honored to hosts panelists such as Gene Kim, Derek Weeks, Robert Stroud, Nicole Forsgren, Mik Kersten, John Allspaw, Courtney Kissler and many more! Here’s a list of some of our favorite episodes of the year:
- Continuous Discussions (#c9d9) Podcast, Episode 79: Gene Kim and the DOES17 Speakers #2 – The Equifax Breach
- Gene Kim and the DOES17 Speakers Discuss Transformational Leadership
- Continuous Discussions (#c9d9) Podcast, Episode 83: Year-End Special – 2018 software delivery trends and predictions
- Continuous Discussions (#c9d9) Episode 66: Scaling Agile and DevOps in the Enterprise
Watch ‘em all here:
It might be difficult to top 2017, but we are certainly looking forward to seeing what’s the next stage of the DevOps evolution is and what innovation the industry has for us in 2018. We promise there is more exciting news coming from Electric Cloud, so be sure to stay tuned for the latest updates.
Cheers and Happy New Year!
We look forward to a great 2018!