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Automation or Concatenation?

In General
July 26, 2023

We’ve been in a period of mergers and acquisitions for a while in the DevOps and DevSecOps spaces, and it seems to be heating up even more. Combined with products expanding to cover a more broad segment of the software development life cycle (SDLC) and strategic partnerships to cover more of the SDLC, it is starting to look like our automation efforts are going to be increasingly driven by vendors. Those efforts will be more concatenation than automation–though technically the same in perception, they vary wildly in implementation, and we should be planning for it.

Build Versus Buy

We have always struggled with build versus buy, and we have always struggled with best-of-breed versus overarching solution set. The entire hype of Every. Single. Vendor. Claiming to be a platform is partially driven by the latter argument. Putting “platform” in your marketing does not make a vendor better at those things outside its historical strengths, though, so that movement is doomed to fail…

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