Happy New Year Everyone!
I thought I would write my first blog post this year about what you may have read plenty around this time of the year: the “year of” topic. Not just the upcoming year, but the last few ones as well, from a completely subjective standpoint.
2010: The year of SMARTPHONE – I got my first BlackBerry, WHOA! We also started to work with iPhone, and experiment with Android. A whole new world, definitely.
2011: The year of TABLET – BOOM! The iPad came and conquered. I still don’t know what tablets are good for, besides the kids playing games, and me watching a movie with my lovely wife in the evening, and I especially don’t have a feeling for phablets (they are not big enough, but they also don’t fit into your pocket), but I don’t have to sympathize with everyone, after all half of the world has an IQ lower than 100 (by definition), and I have at least 101 – how humble I am :).
2013: The year of ENTERPRISE BIG DATA – People realized that hardware is cheap and good enough for completely redefining corporate system architecture (forget data warehouses and batch processes), so we in SAP ended up being in the HANA-fever. We still run ahead with 41 °C fever, and eventually the whole world will be heated up (further global warming granted).
2014: The year of CLOUD – Instead of emphasizing how much the business model of the whole software industry is turning upside down, I would take two examples from my private life. CDs can be retired, listening to music while driving is by now Spotify-only. What else. Grocery shopping is done via Out of Milk, the whole family cloud-synced all the time (and btw, speech recognition finally became mainstream (when I say something into my iPhone or my wife’s Samsung Galaxy with my Hungarian accent (and btw2, even in Hungarian), it recognizes well)). Life will never be the same again.
2015: The year of…
– NOT IoT – I think it’s not there yet, lots of edge use cases available, but no mainstream killer apps predicted for the upcoming year. Maybe in 2016.
– ESPECIALLY NOT wearables – If you are not a runner, what are they good for, honestly?
– EVEN MORE NOT AI – just take language translation for example: Try out Google Translate and you’ll see what I mean. Bad joke still.
So what then?
I think 2015 will be The Year of DevOps in my little world of software engineering. In 2013 Continuous Delivery was a nice thing to hear about, in 2014 it was something we wanted to experiment with, and in 2015 it will be a matter of life or death. We should forget about the distinction between developers, testers, release engineers and operations. We have to work together on fully automated solutions that build, test deploy and monitor software, and thus provide the dynamics everyone expects from software that runs the whole world in 2015.