As DevOps practices have been put into wide use, it's become evident that developers and operations aren't merging to become one discipline. Nor is operations simply going away. Rather, DevOps is leading software development and operations - together with other practices such as security - to collaborate and coexist with less overhead and conflict than in the past.
In my session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, I discussed what modern operational practices look like in a world in which applications are more loosely coupled, are developed using DevOps approaches, and are deployed on software-defined, and often containerized, infrastructures - and where operations itself is increasingly another "as a service" capability from the perspective of developers.
How does the operations tool chest change? How does the required skill set differ? How are the interactions between operations and other IT and business organizations different from in the past? How can operations provide the confidence to the entire organization that this new pipeline is still delivering non-functional requirements such as regulatory compliance and a secure and certified operating environment? How does operations safely consume vendor and upstream dependencies while meeting developer desires for the latest and greatest?
Operations is more important than ever for a business to derive value from its IT organization. But the roles and the goals of operations are significantly different than they were historically.