Gartner – Top Trends in Data & Analytics for 2021: XOps

Gartner identified XOps (DataOps, ModelOps, DevOps) as one of the top trends in data and analytics for 2021.  Below we provide additional suggestions for further reading based on Gartner’s recommendations.

What is XOps? 

Gartner: “The multiplication of Ops disciplines stemming out of DevOps best practices has caused significant confusion in the marketplace. Yet, their reconciliation can bring significant advantages to organizations that are able to harmonize those disciplines.” 

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Figure 1: Ops terms can be organized by team and technical environment/process.


Gartner: “XOps practices link development, deployment and maintenance together to create a shared understanding of requirements, transfer of skills and processes for monitoring and maintaining analytics and AI artifacts (see Figure 2).”

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Figure 2: XOps practices link together DataOps, ModelOps, and DevOps.


Gartner: Most analytics and AI projects fail because operationalization is only addressed as an afterthought. The top barrier to scaling analytics and AI implementations is complexity around integrating the solution with existing enterprise applications and infrastructure.”

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Gartner: “Utilize the best practices of DataOps and ModelOps in symphony to reduce friction between various machine learning (ML) and AI artifacts, and to reduce friction between the teams associated with them.”

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For more information, you can read the entire Gartner report here

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