DevOps Produces Major Enterprise Impact

By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 10-11-2013 Email Print this article Print

While startup vendors have embraced the idea that developers and IT operations teams should work more closely together, making that partnership work in large-scale enterprise IT organizations is a whole other issue. But a new study of 1,300 IT decision-makers conducted by the market research firm Vanson Bourne on behalf of CA Technologies shows that not only are enterprise IT organizations much further along the DevOps path than most people might think, the ones that have aggressively embraced it are bringing new products and services to market faster and in a way that improves application quality. The primary motivation for embracing DevOps, which tightly couples IT operations and application life-cycle development and management, is to leverage increased collaboration to boost the rate at which new applications are upgraded or rolled out. But the main benefit is higher quality applications, which reduces the costs associated with later applying fixes and patches. DevOps success, however, is dependent on altering the way people interact with processes and tools that goes well beyond simply saluting agile development methodologies. The biggest challenge for CIOs is the funding of the new development platforms and IT operations tools that are needed for DevOps to succeed in the enterprise.

  • DevOps Adoption Rates

    Enterprise IT organizations are further along than most might think. Already adopted: 39%, Plan to adopt: 27%, No plan to adopt: 18%, Don't know what DevOps is: 16%
    1-DevOps Adoption Rates
  • What Drives the Need for DevOps?

    Multiple forces are converging to drive DevOps change. Need for greater collaboration: 47%, Simultaneous deployment across multiple platforms: 41%, Pressure to release more apps faster: 41%, Need to improve customer experience: 39%, Rise of mobile computing: 35%, Rise of cloud applications: 31%
    2-What Drives the Need for DevOps?
  • Expected DevOps Investments

    New business processes require new tools, training and skill sets. Invest in new tools: 73%, Invest in more training: 71%, Hiring people with new skills: 53%
    3-Expected DevOps Investments
  • Most Important DevOps Components

    Getting the right tools in place to drive processes is critical. IT automation: 52%, Agile development: 47%, Collaborative teaming of personnel: 45%, Service virtualization: 42%, Accelerated application testing: 32%, Aligned processes: 25%
    4-Most Important DevOps Components
  • What Knowledge and Skills Are Required for DevOps?

    Knowledge of the business goals tops technical expertise. Business priorities and strategic metrics: 47%, Business processes: 42%, Communications skills: 36%, Process reengineering: 39%, Project management: 30%, People skills: 30%
    5-What Knowledge and Skills Are Required for DevOps?
  • Top Five DevOps Obstacles

    DevOps represents a major exercise in organizational change management. Organizational complexity: 35%, Roles and responsibilities not aligned: 28%, Security and compliance concerns: 25%, Lack of understanding of development life cycle: 24%, No budget or clear budget responsibility: 24%
    6-Top Five DevOps Obstacles
  • How Do You Measure DevOps Success?

    Intangible benefits are hard to measure but have most business value. External factors such as time to market: 49%, Internal factors such as costs: 38%, Have not decided: 13%
    7-How Do You Measure DevOps Success?
  • DevOps Benefits

    The top benefits include better software, increased collaboration and cost savings. Increased frequency of software deployment: 53%, Increased collaboration: 48%, New software and services: 35%, A reduction in spending: 46%, Improved application quality: 42%, Increased number of customers using software: 35%
    8-DevOps Benefits
  • DevOps Improvement Results

    Those that have embraced DevOps have, on average, witnessed major gains. Increased collaboration: 23%, Improved quality of applications: 22%, Increased number of customers: 22%, New software services: 21%, Fewer employees working on projects: 21%, Reduced time to market: 20%
    9-DevOps Improvement Results
Mike Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWeek, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.


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