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I don't know about you, but I would love to own a piece of the Fast & Furious movie franchise.
I recently saw a preview for the ninth installment set to debut in the spring of 2020. I'm a big fan of the action-adventure genre in general, and this series of movies in particular.
It features a group of misfits who transform from street racing hot rods to become an international espionage team.
Don't scoff, there's big money here. To date, the nine movies have brought in more than $5 billion.
Here's the thing. Something similar is happening in the high-margin software sector.
Technically speaking, it's a field known as "DevOps." The term refers to the $50 billion up for grabs by helping companies make a transition from legacy systems to cutting-edge digital tech.
Today, I'm going to show you what I call "Software's Fast & Furious." And I'll reveal a tech stock that will more than double the market's return for years to come.
Check it out…
Hollywood's Winning Formula
You have to hand it to Hollywood, it certainly knows a winning formula when it sees one.
For casual observers, the original Fast & Furious that debuted in the summer of 2001 might have seemed like disposable fun – a Los Angeles cop enlists the help of a childhood friend to thwart a string of delivery truck hijackings… action and adventure ensue.
But it went on to become one of the best franchises in movie history.
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I believe the comparison to DevOps – essentially software development practices that align closely with business objectives – is more than a little appropriate. Fact is, this sector of the software industry doesn't get a lot of attention.
And yet, it's a highly profitable high-wire act. Companies in such fields as telecom, manufacturing, and finance need these "Fast & Furious" tools for high-tech automation, collaboration, and application management.
Industry analysts note that DevOps began quietly about 10 years ago. But a new report from Cowen & Co. says that last year the field was already worth roughly $7.9 billion, a figure the firms says will triple by 2023.
A Growing Industry
But that forecast may be quite conservative. For its part, Morgan Stanley projects that by 2022 DevOps and related services will be worth roughly $50 billion.
Make no mistake. "Fast & Furious Software" crews are set to have a pervasive impact on how companies operate their tech systems.
Consider that market research firm Gartner says by the end of next year, roughly 80% of IT organizations will adopt at least some type of DevOps programs. That's just shy of double the 41% rate in 2017.
As you might imagine with a new field rapidly taking root across the tech ecosystem, DevOps contains several key trends that are pushing adoption.
Tech consulting firm Squadex says that five trends in particular are helping the field rapidly gain ground. They include:
- Automating software writing and inspection to reduce time-consuming human errors.
- Serverless Computing so that IT groups can scale up their work and write apps strictly in the cloud.
- Everything as Code in which apps and even operating systems are treated as computer source code rather than stand-alone items.
- Self-healing Infrastructure that allows the platforms to find and fix problems on the fly without human intervention.
- Machine Learning so that the software can comb through reams of data, make sense of it all quickly and then automatically learn from the patterns.
In other words, a leader in this field has to have robust products and a very agile sense of how to help clients master the DevOps landscape.
A Profit Machine
About the Author
Michael A. Robinson is one of the top financial analysts working today. His book "Overdrawn: The Bailout of American Savings" was a prescient look at the anatomy of the nation's S&L crisis, long before the word "bailout" became part of our daily lexicon. He's a Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer and reporter, lauded by the Columbia Journalism Review for his aggressive style. His 30-year track record as a leading tech analyst has garnered him rave reviews, too. Today he is the editor of the monthly tech investing newsletter Nova-X Report as well as Radical Technology Profits, where he covers truly radical technologies – ones that have the power to sweep across the globe and change the very fabric of our lives – and profit opportunities they give rise to. He also explores "what's next" in the tech investing world at Strategic Tech Investor.