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Salesforce Devops Industry Analysis 2021

Salesforce Devops Industry Analysis 2021

Salesforce Devops 2021 Retrospective Series

As 2021 unfolded I noticed there was tremendous activity in Salesforce application development and delivery. It seemed like there was an empty space when it came to teaching and sharing independent thoughts about Salesforce devops. So, to meet this need I launched my industry analysis practice in Salesforce devops with enthusiasm this year. I am so grateful to have been accepted as an educator and commentator in the global Salesforce community.

Industry Analysis Articles 2021

As we wind up 2021, here are the industry analysis pieces I wrote over the last year.

  • Salesforce Devops in Early 2021
    March 10, 2021

    “Lately, “Salesforce Devops” is a hot topic of interest in the higher echelons of Salesforce management. Why? Because Salesforce development is still frustratingly slow and not getting faster, fast enough.”

  • Salesforce SDLC Nomenclature: Adopting the Ways of The Devops
    March 14, 2021

    “The term Software Delivery Lifecycle (SDLC) represents the entire practice of software delivery management. If you are reading this, then you are (or wish to be!) an architect for a major software project tasked with fulfilling the functional goals of an enterprise program. That program is likely to have many stakeholders, including customers, investors, enterprise staff, and project staff.”

  • SFDX-CLI Paves The Way for Open-Source Salesforce Devops
    March 18, 2021

    “It is hard to understate the importance of SFDX-CLI to the enablement of Salesforce devops. By putting API-level functionality in a BASH script running on Linux, Salesforce has established the needed touch point between Salesforce and open-source devops engineering.”

  • The Ways of the Salesforce Devops: Build or Buy?
    March 21, 2021

    “Every Salesforce software pipeline needs devops. The question is no longer should I buy devops, but how do I buy devops! After an enterprise commits to devops, what happens next for a solution architect is to confront the decision of whether to build or to buy a Salesforce devops solution.”

  • Use the Salesforce Devops Segmentation Model for IT Success
    April 8, 2021

    “I write about Salesforce devops because a hugely important information technology (IT) sector is tripping over itself. Like rearing an awkward teenage child, helping Salesforce devops to grow up is quite a challenge. To help usher this deserving field into adulthood, I analyzed the Salesforce devops industrial sector from the top down and drew a new segmentation model that categorizes, compares, and describes all the products and services that go into Salesforce devops program management. My goal is to create a model that gives solution architects and IT leaders a roadmap from which to implement a Salesforce devops program, as well as being a guide for Salesforce devops company founders, investors, and corporate M&A offices.”

  • Devops Powers Digital Transformations in 2021
    June 1, 2021

    “Global culture has caught up with the Internet because of the pandemic. Now, organizations of every size now see intense Internet adoption as inevitable, necessary, and mandatory. As IT work continues to grow in the post-pandemic world, and the quality of apps drive enterprise value, a complete perspective on app production is needed. Now, for companies who compete in this new world devops is the subject upon which to focus in order to manage the complexities of app production. Let us see what the evolution of devops means for Salesforce enterprise application development in 2021.”

  • Top 5 Startups Leading the Salesforce Devops Surge
    June 21, 2021

    “In this industry status report, I present the Top 5 Salesforce Devops independent software vendors. These mission-driven startups use devops principles plus sophisticated, Salesforce-specific capabilities to help their customers speed up Salesforce software development.”

  • How To Build a Salesforce Devops Platform
    July 13, 2021

    “To help understand this trend I recap why we need Salesforce devops platforms. I then break down how the top 5 vendors build their solutions. My goal is to inform architects about how Salesforce devops works so they may speed up their own development pipelines with some choice bits of Salesforce devops goodness.”

  • Cloud Native vs. Salesforce Devops – What is The Difference?
    August 11, 2021

    “As I keep learning more about devops, I keep comparing cloud native, or “regular” devops to Salesforce devops. Naturally, people wonder what I mean when I say Salesforce devops is different from cloud native devops.”

  • Devops 3.0 Puts Management into Focus
    September 8, 2021

    “Devops 3.0 is important because it gives winning companies the power to dominate in the digital domain. To create this dominating Internet presence, corporate teams must align internal management practices with agile management techniques and devops tooling. To see how managing devops lets companies win in the digital domain here is a quick overview of devops history.”

  • Salesforce Devops What is Next? – Dreamforce 2021
    September 16, 2021

    “I was part of over a dozen presenters who were asked to distill our presentations to 10 minutes. Be sure to visit and subscribe to the Elements.Cloud YouTube Channel so you can see all little nuggets of wisdom from Ian Gotts and the rest of the presenters.”

  • Dreamforce 2021 Steps Forward
    September 24, 2021

    “Salesforce successfully pulled off Dreamforce 2021 this week in San Francisco. The event was limited to about 500 attendees, and it had a feel of a family reunion, where everyone can’t wait to hear what Uncle Marc has to say. The family feel is genuine at Dreamforce, and Salesforce CEO and co-founder Marc Benioff was back leading his Trailblazer army forward for good. However, it turns out most of the event’s specifics focused on Slack and other new items. The conference failed to add any sense of coherence to the existing Salesforce application delivery strategy. But Salesforce still took a strong step forward into the future of building business communities in the pandemic era with Dreamforce 2021.”

  • Salesforce Devops Periodic Table of Solutions: A SalesforceBen Collaboration
    September 28, 2021

    “I was honored to be invited by Ben McCarthy, publisher of SalesforceBen, to work together on a fun project. We collaborated on the Salesforce Devops Period Table of Solutions. Check out the article here on Ben’s site.”

  • Build Better Apps with Salesforce Devops
    October 2, 2021

    “Check out the video and script from my Salesforce Devops presentation to the inaugural Pakistan Dreamin’!”

  • Top 5 Salesforce Devops Job Titles
    October 20, 2021

    “Leading organizations are constantly looking for fresh talent to develop killer enterprise applications. But, for many the application delivery pipeline is clogged. To unclog Salesforce pipelines, adding a ‘Salesforce Architect with Devops Experience’ team member tops enterprise personnel wish lists.”

  • Metadata Intelligence Leads Salesforce Devops
    November 4, 2021

    “Salesforce app production teams are constantly looking for ways to speed up application delivery. That interest in productivity drives interest in Salesforce devops. In 2021, the five leading Salesforce devops companies have put forth platforms which manage an organization’s Salesforce devops process. Each of these platforms’ success is derived from a key, shared characteristic that I call metadata intelligence.”

  • Free Devops Tools for Salesforce in Q4 2021
    November 29, 2021

    “Who doesn’t love free software or services? To get some of that love and to distinguish themselves from the pack, some Salesforce devops vendors offer free-forever, free trial, and demo versions of their products. To help architects looking to evaluate different Salesforce devops products I undertook a market research project on ‘free.’ Now, I am sharing the results of a survey I did on free devops tools listed in the product directory.”