Pressure for More Agile IT Organizations Grows

 
 
By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 01-16-2014 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

On one hand, IT organizations acknowledge that they are under pressure to deliver applications more rapidly than ever. On the other hand, a new survey of 155 senior IT professionals at Fortune 1000 companies, conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Chef, finds that the majority of IT organizations feel very good about the their ability to deliver IT services. The conundrum is that there may not be enough of an impetus for IT organizations to rapidly modernize their processes by quickly embracing higher levels of IT automation. It's clear that, as part of the DevOps movement, IT organizations are heading in this general direction. However, it appears that many of them are taking their time getting there. Driving that need is a clear desire for more agility on the part of IT organizations, which are being asked to respond more rapidly to changing business conditions. Naturally conservative when it comes to production systems, the majority of IT organizations believe DevOps offers a lot of promise, but the cost of getting there, coupled with how applicable it might be in their environment, remains the top two impediments to adoption. In the meantime, the question that CIOs need to wrestle with is whether rival organizations that advance on the DevOps path faster than they do are going to build up a strategic advantage over time.

 
 
 
  • Top Three Initiatives Over Next Two Years

    Top Three Initiatives Over Next Two Years IT organizations are under pressure to deliver applications faster than ever.
    Top Three Initiatives Over Next Two Years
  • Rate Execution Speed and Quality of IT Services Delivered

    Vast majority of IT organizations have a fairly good opinion of the services they provide.
    Rate Execution Speed and Quality of IT Services Delivered
  • Organizations' Success Rate Making Changes to Systems and Services

    There's still room for a significant amount of improvement.
    Organizations' Success Rate Making Changes to Systems and Services
  • Percentage of Incidents as a Result of Change

    A lot of organizations may not be conducting root cause analysis.
    Percentage of Incidents as a Result of Change
  • Frequency of Ability to Make Changes to Infrastructure

    Clearly, changes take a lot longer than they should.
    Frequency of Ability to Make Changes to Infrastructure
  • Top Three Factors Driving Automation

    IT organizations can't scale without more reliance on automation.
    Top Three Factors Driving Automation
  • Percentage of Infrastructure Changes That Can Be Automated

    Adoption of automation between now and 2015 is increasing substantially.
    Percentage of Infrastructure Changes That Can Be Automated
  • Main Impediments to Automation

    There are still significant doubts concerning the ROI in IT automation.
    Main Impediments to Automation
  • Functions Automated Now

    IT automation appears to start with virtualization.
    Functions Automated Now
  • Top Functions to Automate by 2015

    The shift to application software is on.
    Top Functions to Automate by 2015
  • DevOps As a Movement

    The majority are optimistic that the focus on DevOps will pay dividends.
    DevOps As a Movement
  • Top DevOps Priorities

    The emphasis is on collaboration between different teams and app management.
    Top DevOps Priorities
 
 
 
 
 
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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