Pressure for More Agile IT Organizations Grows

By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 01-16-2014 Email

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.

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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