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December 19, 2022
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2023 DevOps Predictions: The Rise of Platform Engineering, Workplace Culture Changes, and More


From the widespread talent shortage to a tighter focus on costs, DevOps teams were asked to do more with less in 2022. Combined with a volatile economic environment and mounting pressure to stay competitive, the importance of developers’ work in driving new innovation has never been greater. 

The backdrop of these challenges has been building for years: developers have been increasingly pushed to become experts of every domain, including security. That’s why 2023 is shaping up to be both a time of renewed focus on and significant opportunity for development teams. We’re seeing a wholesale shift from DevOps to Platform Engineering, aimed to increase end users’ productivity and reduce the burden on developers. In fact, it’s one of Gartner’s top 10 strategic tech trends this year. We’re also watching the key role that GitOps is playing for organizations looking to deliver features faster and enhance the developer experience. 

What else can you expect? We asked our team here at Harness and some of our customers to share what they see in store for DevOps in 2023. Here’s what they had to say.

Jyoti Bansal, CEO, Harness

Jyoti Bansal, Harness CEO

“Next year, we’ll see significant leaps in developer efficiency and experience as companies of all sizes and types look for ways to weather the twin challenges of the talent shortage and economic recession. Increasingly, members of the c-suite will understand just how much money they’ve been leaving on the table in their failure to capitalize on automation and process improvements that dramatically minimize developer toil. I predict a proliferation of the use of internal developer platforms, a new focus on key development metrics and much greater scrutiny on runaway cloud computing costs – all of which will yield significant benefits for developers and the company bottom line.”

Rajeswari Koppala, Senior Manager of DevOps,  United Airlines 

Rajeswari Koppala, United Airlines Senior DevOps Manager

“The future of DevSecOps will move toward platform engineering and will rely heavily on AI in order to provide optimization, lessen build execution times and increase efficiency across the board. We’ll begin seeing scenarios like BOT running a runbook for a known production issue instead of SRE. Additionally, GitOps will rule infrastructure as code (IaC) and have a strong foothold in application CI/CD, and IaC will adapt a completely serverless space, gaining more traction than ever before. Life for developers will get easier as more solutions come to market addressing the containerization and virtualization issues at hand.”

Ryan Good, Senior Manager, Site Reliability Engineering, Yum! Brands

Ryan Good, Senior Manager and SRE at Yum Brands

“As teams continue to adopt more methods of developer enablement, GitOps will play a key role in 2023 and beyond. In order for businesses to continue to stay competitive and deliver results in a crowded market, they’ll need to be able to offer a suite of tools that reduces the toil across the board and allows teams to deliver features to market much faster. I also believe that DevSecOps is not being done in the way that it should be as many are simply shifting the work of a security engineer on to the developers. If this doesn’t change in the new year, we’re in danger of pushing engineers to be masters of every domain — overloading DevOps with more than it can handle.”

Nick Durkin, Field CTO, Harness 

Nick Durkin, Harness Field CTO

“We’re going to see a wholesale shift from DevOps to platform engineering in 2023. Historically, the terms ‘DevOps’or ‘DevSecOps’ have tried to include too much in their job function, so we are seeing developer teams increasingly adopt platforms to help them handle all types of tasks from writing rules and policies to creating pipelines to writing code. The industry is going to lean heavily into platforms that help empower teams to do their best work by not overburdening one group with certain tasks and, instead, operating as a team in a platform. By leveraging a platform engineering approach, developer teams can work smarter, faster and provide more business value with stronger outcomes. Additionally, we will see a major shift in how businesses measure the effectiveness of developers’ work. I believe that companies will start analyzing developer activities and outputs, similar to how sales teams are evaluated, and that an element of gamification may come into play as well. Lastly, we’re going to see the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning operations (MLOps) increase exponentially. By leveraging AI and ML to eliminate the worst parts of the job, developers will get precious time back and will be able to unleash their creativity and spark new innovation for their organizations.”

Luan Lam, Chief People Officer, Harness 

Luan Lam, Harness Chief People Officer

“In 2023, the future of work for engineering teams will be focused on flexibility in the workplace, whether that be by offering hybrid work options, mental health and wellness initiatives, or implementing new programs to help developers disconnect, providing more of a work/life balance for everyone. Those who decide to pull back on the work flexibility front will suffer – it is almost guaranteed to backfire. And while we saw Quiet Quitting and the Great Resignation take the main stage in 2022, this year will be the year that Gen Z engineers fully enter the workforce, with higher standards for support and inclusion than previous generations.” 

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