VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Barry Barlow is the vice president and chief technology officer at Vencore, Inc. In this role, he ensures Vencore is positioned for short- and long-term success by assessing the technology needs of its customers, partners and suppliers, as well as developing a corporate technology road-map to meet those needs.
ExecutiveBiz: What technological advancement do you feel will most significantly impact your business in 2016?
Barry Barlow: Continuous Development/Continuous Integration (DevOps) has already begun to impact our business and the community-at-large and nothing indicates that this trend will abate in 2016 or beyond.Â By way of definition, the term â€œcontinuousâ€ relative to development or integration highlights that the past practices of performing software development or integration on some periodic basis (e.g., daily, weekly, monthly) are no longer sufficient for todayâ€™s challenges.
Why is that?
Two drivers requiring dramatically reduced timelines are Internet of Things (IoT) and a user population that is always connected.Â IoT is a never-ending source of content creation that is only useful if it can be accessed.Â Gartner stated that 5.5 million new devices will be connected every day.Â A development methodology that says â€œIâ€™ll include those in my next software release next quarterâ€ would miss content from half a billion devices, clearly a non-starter.
Similarly, there are at least 75 million Instagram users per day, and 2.1 billion Twitter searches per day.Â Adding a new feature in the next major/minor release is not going to be acceptable to a user community who has vastly different expectations. DevOps is not only the wave of the future; itâ€™s the wave of NOW.
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