AI-Injected Automation is the New DevOps

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Charlotte Dunlap – Principal Analyst, Application Platforms

• Modernizing workflow processes has become a complex endeavor as a result of increased data sources and volumes

• Automation, when applied to IT, provides capabilities that bring insights and diagnostics into various backend systems

AI-injected automation has become the power source for digitizing companies in a pandemic era, ensuring resilience, agility, and efficiency for modern, distributed apps. Modernizing workflow processes has become a complex endeavor as a result of increased data sources and volumes, heightening the need for comprehensive data management, integration, and security strategies. Automation, when applied to IT however, provides capabilities that bring insights and diagnostics into various backend systems, including pre-determined automation of problem remediation and policy controls.

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IBM Bets on Automation to Spur Hybrid Cloud Adoption; Rivals Attempt to Drown its Messaging

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• During IBM Think IBM unveiled a set of new products and features underscoring its more comprehensive automation and hybrid cloud portfolio

• Also holding conferences and outlining automation strategies and offerings last week were ServiceNow, Automation Anywhere, and Appian

Following 12 months of aggressive investment in the workflow automation space, IBM used its mega annual conference, IBM Think, to demonstrate how its latest DevOps focus is paying off and strengthening the company’s overarching hybrid cloud agenda.

Workflow automation represents an emerging market sector which most closely defines the current DevOps concept and includes a prominent list of ecosystem rivals. While IBM leveraged the conference to provide hybrid cloud technology updates, its larger agenda was meant to reiterate its strengths going forward in the increasingly competitive workflow automation space. IBM finds itself facing notable competitors within a changing ecosystem including ServiceNow, Salesforce, Pegasystems, Automation Anywhere, Appian, and Microsoft among others. These vendors represent both partnerships and competitors in an evolving market which touches upon several advanced technologies including low-code development platforms, robotic process automation (RPA), AI, workflow automation tools, and intelligent process automation (IPA).

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KubeCon Europe 2021: Key Themes Centered on Observability and Service Mesh

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  • Prominent KubeCon themes included observability and service mesh.
  • New Relic and F5/NGINX made key announcements.

The open source software (OSS) community huddled up last week during KubeCon Europe, clearly affected by the past year’s strain on companies and DevOps teams, resolving to refine digitization via emerging technologies. Twice a year, KubeCon provides the industry with a developer-focused gauge of key trends and innovations related to app modernization, DevOps, and Kubernetes/container innovations. Continue reading “KubeCon Europe 2021: Key Themes Centered on Observability and Service Mesh”

Red Hat Summit 2021: Red Hat Applies Integration Expertise to Operational Digitization Complexities

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• Red Hat takes its managed services offering to the next level by operationalizing the complex digitization process, showcasing OpenShift’s expertise in integration and API management

• Red Hat OpenShift includes deeper integrations with key services including container security, insights and observability, and a consolidated automation platform which now includes Ansible

The Red Hat Summit conference illustrated how an integration company helps customers’ tackle the challenges behind operational digitization of app modernization. Specifically, through a consolidated platform that includes best-of-breed API management and mature streaming technology for connecting real-time data between apps and backend systems.

Complex operational requirements are a major deterrent in business transformations. IT buyers must overcome the challenge of assembling solutions that combine and orchestrate both the business software and the infrastructure on which that software runs. Although providers of switching, server, storage, virtualization, and cloud software technology have begun rolling out new solutions supporting better operational provisioning, no single vendor is yet capable of managing the entire lifecycle of this amalgamation. Continue reading “Red Hat Summit 2021: Red Hat Applies Integration Expertise to Operational Digitization Complexities”

Blockchain Rivals Seek Out Banking Customers via Foreign Opportunities

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  • ConsenSys is partnering with the Chinese government’s blockchain network to integrate its technology across a nationwide system to spur blockchain use, focused on the financial sector.
  • Oracle has gained an edge in the competitive blockchain platforms space by integrating a new blockchain data format into its flagship relational database offering.

This quarter’s issue of GlobalData’s “Blockchain Watch highlights a set of aggressive moves between blockchain competitors, including the establishment of global partnerships (which involve foreign government entities) as well as the development of deeper integration between blockchain and traditional operational systems, further adoption of Ethereum, and the formation of partnerships that highlight unique use cases. Continue reading “Blockchain Rivals Seek Out Banking Customers via Foreign Opportunities”

Cloud Wars Under the Microscope: Leaders’ DevOps Strategies and Solutions

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  • Businesses are resorting to shifts in investments in emerging high-value innovations to hasten their cloud journey.
  • We delve into how cloud rivals stack up in five key innovations: low-code/intelligent automation, developer tools/app architectures, hybrid/multi-cloud management, holistic cloud security, and edge computing.

This week, GlobalData released Part II on its analysis of the five most important innovations necessary for successful business transformations. This report specifically delves into how Microsoft, AWS, Google, and IBM stack up in key digitization technologies. Considering the pandemic’s unprecedented pressure on the global economy, prompting enterprises to accelerate and nail digitization initiatives, we determined that cloud providers’ strategies and solutions should be put under the microscope. (Please see A Cloud Wars Comparison on Critical innovations (Part II),” March 9, 2021). Continue reading “Cloud Wars Under the Microscope: Leaders’ DevOps Strategies and Solutions”

Microsoft Ignite 2021: Microsoft’s Priorities—Low-Code, Multi-Cloud/Edge, Intelligent Data Services

Charlotte Dunlap – Principal Analyst, Application Platforms

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• Microsoft broadens developer reach via new low-code language, Power FX, an open-source contribution on GitHub

• Arc-enabled ML brings Azure AI capabilities to multiple clouds and closer to the data

During last week’s Ignite mega developer conference, Microsoft’s technology announcements focused on app modernization including IT operations’ ability to access a common control plane among multi-cloud environments and ensure proper workload lifecycle management. DevOps teams are interested in extending multi-cloud management’s ML data services for developing apps and training models locally where the data resides, to reduce sensitive data transport requirements. Continue reading “Microsoft Ignite 2021: Microsoft’s Priorities—Low-Code, Multi-Cloud/Edge, Intelligent Data Services”

API Management’s Rise to Power

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  • ALM technologies are being consolidated with API management, as enterprises seek improved management of business transformations.
  • Google illustrates API management’s growing importance via announcement of Apigee X’s new consolidated architecture.

API management’s ALM features are coming into focus, increasing the cloud’s value chain for companies tasked with accelerating digitization. Updated API management solutions are being infused with security, networking, and intelligent automation, moving beyond the management of API traffic and helping ops teams address new pain points including the detection of malicious intent and identification of anomalies, among other workflow automations. Continue reading “API Management’s Rise to Power”

Monitoring and Observability to Play a Key Role in Digital Success in 2021

Charlotte Dunlap – Principal Analyst, Application Platforms

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• Monitoring and observability are being added to the DevOps arsenal of innovations alongside low-code and intelligent automation

• Early thought-leaders likely to integrate observability into platform services include: Red Hat, IBM, Datadog, Dynatrace, and AppDynamics

This year, more than ever, enterprises will need to pick and choose those key platform services most relevant to supporting app modernization which in turn helps accelerate digitization to combat the effects of a global pandemic and economic fallout. Observability systems will play a significant role in digitization of businesses. Continue reading “Monitoring and Observability to Play a Key Role in Digital Success in 2021”

Microsoft Weaves Low-Code, Automation into Popular Teams App

Charlotte Dunlap – Principal Analyst, Application Platforms

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• Microsoft infiltrates Power App and Power Automate to broad apps user base via Teams integration

• Low-code and automation ecosystem gets interesting in coming months, with workflow tooling providers (e.g., ServiceNow, Pegasystems) in high demand

The low-code app development space continues to heat up, particularly among leaders jockeying for leverage in the hotly contested cloud wars.

This week Microsoft announced its low-code and automation innovations currently delivered via its popular Power Platform will be made available through Microsoft Teams. Teams, the company’s fastest growing business application, is beginning to look more like a platform, one which puts the power of app development and DevOps capabilities into the hands of more non-coding folks. These capabilities provide businesses with the ability to quickly churn out applications in response to new business models and new marketing campaigns, essentially supporting digital transformations. Continue reading “Microsoft Weaves Low-Code, Automation into Popular Teams App”