Top Advantages of DevOps and Continuous Delivery

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-21-2015 Email

CIOs and their tech teams are constantly under the gun to test and launch digital products and services faster–at lower costs. Fortunately, there are two increasingly popular ways to do so: continuous delivery and DevOps. A report from McKinsey & Company, titled "Finding the Speed to Innovate," illustrates the following advantages of both approaches, along with best practices for implementation. As defined by McKinsey, DevOps integrates development and IT operations in a cross-functional, product-oriented manner. Continuous delivery accelerates time-to-market of new software features through the automation of testing, deployment and infrastructure. As a result, there's more focus on smaller, quicker releases instead of building up to a slower-developing "big bang" event. This results in reduced costs and more timely feedback from users about products. By effectively pursuing both continuous delivery and DevOps, CIOs can lead their organizations into a new age of rapid, agile delivery. "Both capabilities can greatly increase companies' speed to market (cutting product-testing times from weeks to minutes) while significantly reducing the cost of delivering new products and services," according to the report. "They can help to ensure higher-quality software, better rates of customer adoption and fewer risks in product and service delivery. Indeed, these capabilities can become a true engine for innovation."

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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