As we head into a new year, IT improvements and management should be top of mind for any business looking to amp up their customer experience, delivery and service in 2018

#1 It’s all about DevSecOps
Security will remain top of mind for customers, but the software development lifecycle will now need to integrate security from start to finish in a seamless way. The need for speed and velocity with quality in development has created a “shift-left” movement that integrates security from the start, which needs to be easy and accessible for developers as they write code.

It also needs to morph and leverage the immense amounts of data generated by a business to protect information and mitigate risks. Bringing intelligence into this process allows you to speed up delivery in the application economy, and now that companies are relying on Agile and DevOps, there is an urgent need for the adoption of Secure DevOps.

#2 Cloud is growing

The reality is that we will see much larger growth as established enterprises move to a more agile infrastructure to support a nimble, software-centric services business model. It’s all about SaaS for some of the largest players, and with that will come a bigger cloud spend than we have seen in years past.

#3 Value of private ledger technologies
Blockchain is a game changer, and the private ledger technology that was once primarily implemented by large financial institutions will find their value in the enterprise. From supply chains to sourcing and transactional integrity, companies of all sizes will take the same technology that supports public financial transactions and find value in using them for internal tracking and audit.

2018 is the year to make your business better than ever, and by focusing on these three areas, you will be well-positioned to stay at the top of your game, while making sure that IT is a key enabler to a business strategy that will help you maintain longevity within the industry.


This article originally appeared on @DevOpsSummit Journal.  To read the full article, click here.