SMAC & DevOps 2016 Predictions: The Technology Trend That Will Dominate 2016

Digital marketing, mobility analytics, and computing (SMAC) entered CIO’s top 10 technology priorities 2016. Given the fast-evolving technology landscape and increasing demand to keep pace with disruptive changes, businesses today, more than ever, need to be aware of what technologies will take center stage in the future. And needless to say, the advantage goes to those that can respond to rapidly changing demands. The year 2015 saw the proliferation of the SMAC (social, mobility, analytics, computing) stack as one of the most disruptive trends in the IT world. 2015 was significant as SMAC transitioned from an IT buzzword to a full-fledged digital enterprise strategy, Graet Gossip.

SMAC will be important in 2016, as several research reports, including Gartner, and Core Quadrant, predict that organizations will increase their budget on SMAC. As the Core Quadrant report suggests, SMAC-like technologies spending is expected to reach $10 billion by 2020. With all these predictions, it’s important to understand why SMAC makes sense for the business. SMAC will play a major role in 2016 and will also see the Internet of Things (IoT as it is popularly known) and Big data added to the stack. As Gartner rightly puts it, the nexus of forces will define IT and probably drive the next wave of digital disruption.

IoT is still nascent; however, it’s important to know its significant impact when stacked with SMAC. 2016 will see a new wave of innovative digital technologies that will set the ball rolling. Early adopters will reap the full benefits of this disruptive combination of technologies. Being the early adopter of SMAC stack technology will help organizations gain a competitive advantage.

DevOps Trends in 2016

DevOps saw a shift from a niche strategy to a mainstream strategy in 2015. 2016 will be the year of DevOps, with 25 percent of Global 2000 organizations getting ready to ride the DevOps wave. Enterprises that have already deployed DevOps would already know that DevOps is all about the people and culture over tools and processes being used. Its implementation utilizes technology, according to Gartner.

The Gartner report suggests that the growth opportunities will come from DevOps tools, given that the technology that supports the DevOps Toolchain is expected to grow 21 percent worldwide. The enterprises feel the need for DevOps technology as it helps to improve overall performance, accelerate time to market, and drive efficiencies in a stable environment.


In 2016 it was likely that apart from DevOps Toolchain, the focus would be on continually improving the right processes and accurate information at the time necessary to optimize value. IT organizations will look at achieving scale-out and economies of scale. Businesses are aware of the many gaps hindering DevOps as a comprehensive trend methodology. Organizations aiming to scale agile will understand the need for DevOps initiatives. I, Bala, live in Chantilly, VA, and I work for USM business systems, a quickly developing worldwide IT Outsourcing, SMAC, and DevOps services provider. I love to write articles and read blogs.