DevOps will evolve from a niche to a mainstream strategy used by 25% of global 2000 organizations by 2016, according to a recent study by Gartner Inc.

Although DevOps emphasizes people and culture over tools and processes, its implementation uses technology. As a result, Gartner expects strong growth opportunities for DevOps toolsets, with the total for DevOps tools reaching $2.3 billion in 2015, up 21% from $1.9 billion in 2014. The firm says DevOps is more of a philosophy and cultural shift that merges operations with development, rather than a market.

"In response to the rapid change in business today, DevOps can help organizations that are pushing to implement a bimodal strategy to support their digitalization efforts," Laurie Wurster, research director at Gartner, said in a statement. "Digital business is essentially software, which means that organizations that expect to thrive in a digital environment must have an improved competence in software delivery."

DevOps-ready tools have seen and will continue to see large growth potential, the report says. These tools are designed and built with out-of-the-box functionality to support DevOps characteristics and traits, it says.

Most DevOps-enabled tools now exist as part of the larger IT operation and development market. But “with time to value as a critical demand factor from clients, emphasis in support of DevOps has transformed how these tools are positioned and perceived in the marketplace,” the firm says.

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