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Technology Radar Nov '15

Our thoughts on the technology and trends that are shaping the future

Themes for this edition

Docker Incites Container Ecosystem Explosion

Containerization, exemplified by Docker, is wildly popular in a growing number of organizations. The interest varies widely across and within organizations; our recommendations range from Assess to Adopt. The ecosystem (tools, platforms and techniques) is growing and maturing, further accelerating interest. Astute readers will note related topics across our radar, ranging from Docker as a development tool for managing dependencies to large cloud platforms such as Mesos and AWS ECS that use containers as their "unit of scaling".

Microservices and Related Tools Gain in Popularity

Interest continues unabated around this architectural style, which transitively boosts interest in supporting tools and techniques: DevOps practices like containerization, lessons learned such as the perils of programming in your CI/CD tool, the maturity of service discovery tools, and so on. We expect to see even more growth and maturity in this space in the near future.

JavaScript Tooling Settles to Merely Chaotic

We have highlighted the churn in the JavaScript tool space before, but the community is gradually calming and coalescing around some common practices. Teams are discovering the best combination (including none) for build tools and package management, and we hear less disagreement across teams on effective practices.

Security is Everybody’s Problem

Security is an issue that uniquely affects all roles across the software development lifecycle. We highlighted improvement in the security space in the last Technology Radar, and we’re pleased to see teams baking security practices into their SDLC. In this edition we also highlight innovative approaches such as bug bounties, threat modelling, HSTS, TOTP and Let’s Encrypt. We hope traction continues to improve in this space.

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