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

Digital marketing, mobility analytics, computing (SMAC) made their way into CIO’s top 10 technology priorities in 2016. Given the fast-evolving technology landscape and increasing demand to keep pace with the 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 SMAC (social, mobility, and analytics, computing) stack as one of the most disruptive trends in the IT world. The year 2015 was significant as SMAC transitioned from being an IT buzzword to a full-fledged digital enterprise strategy, Graet Gossip.

SMAC will be important in 2016, as several research reports, including Gartner, Core Quadrant, predict that organizations will increase their budget on SMAC. As the Core Quadrant report suggests, spending on SMAC-like technologies is expected to touch $10 billion by 2020. With all these predictions, it’s important to understand why SMAC makes sense for the business. It goes without saying that 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 getting added to the stack. As Gartner rightly puts, the nexus of forces will define IT and probably will drive the next wave of digital disruption journey.

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


DevOps Trends in 2016

DevOps saw a shift from being a niche strategy to a mainstream strategy in 2015. Needless to say, 2016 will be the year of the 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 will be on continual improvement of the right processes and accurate information at the right time necessary to optimize value. IT organizations will look at things such as achieving scale-out and economies of scale. Businesses are becoming aware of the many gaps acting as barriers to implementing 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 to read blogs