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Interview with Simon Wardley, Researcher for the Leading Edge Forum

“In 10 years, DevOps will probably experience a midlife crisis”

JAX Editorial Team

The right way to “do” DevOps is to map your environment, identify opportunities to exploit, and learn to play the DevOps game. Sounds easy, right? Except it isn’t. JAXenter editor Gabriela Motroc talked to Simon Wardley, Researcher for the Leading Edge Forum about the current state of DevOps, the rules that influence the DevOps game and its relation to the serverless wave.

When it comes to adopting DevOps, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach. There were a lot of lessons learned and tips offered in this direction at the previous DevOpsCon but now it’s time to put the culture aside and focus on the business side of DevOps.

We talked to Simon Wardley, Researcher for the Leading Edge Forum about the current state of DevOps, the lessons we can learn from this movement and its relation to the serverless wave. We found out the key benefits of adopting DevOps and the rules that influence the DevOps game.


Simon Wardley is a Researcher for the Leading Edge Forum, a global research and thought leadership programme dedicated to helping large organizations reimagine their organizations and leadership for a technology-driven future. Simon is also the lead practitioner for LEF’s Wardley Maps advisory service which helps clients anticipate market and ecosystem developments so they know where to go and why. Simon’s focus is on the intersection of IT strategy and new technologies, and he is the author of multiple reports including Clash of the Titans – Will China Dethrone Silicon Valley? where he assesses the hi-tech challenge from China and what this means to the future of global technology industry competition. His previous research covers topics including Of Wonders and Disruption, The Future is More Predictable Than You Think – A Workbook for Value Chain Mapping, Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Strategies for an Increasingly Open Economy, Learning from Web 2.0 and A Lifecycle Approach to Cloud Computing.

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