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Making DevOps a core competency

Gavin Selkirk, President of Asia Pacific & Japan at BMC Software | July 27, 2016
What’s at stake today is not just a project or someone’s position. Instead, it may be the very existence of the company.

For many of today's enterprises, this means they have to stop thinking that a successful future depends solely on a traditional strategy of product innovation, using data analytics to better understand and serve their customers, or building a higher quality, more profitable product portfolio. To help the business address the changes in the marketplace, IT has to focus on greater process efficiency, increased automation, and enabling each persona with the tools they need to succeed

DevOps teams need the ability to efficiently develop, test and deploy new releases faster, with high quality and stability. Using automation technologies to design-in this speed, quality and scalability within the development lifecycle is critical.  Each of these tools typically targets discrete elements or steps in the entire process and DevOps teams use them as such, finding the right tool for the job.  In addition to faster and higher quality development throughput, building automation into the code of the application ensures better application services delivery in the production environment.  

The good news is that 60 to 70 percent of these enterprise application services or jobs within most organisations are micro-batch, batch or event driven - and can be managed with a comprehensive job scheduling solution.  By automating jobs as part of the application code and subjecting the job artifact to all the other automation processes, companies can substantially reduce time and effort during and after the application delivery process.

According to Enterprise Management Associates, companies with workload automation reduce application outage time by about 70 hours annually, raise service level agreement standards, free 41 percent more IT staff for strategic projects, and defer or eliminate an average of 50 percent of IT staffing requirements. Businesses in Singapore can make use of the Automation Package, which grants support for the roll-out or scaling up of automation projects at up to 50 percent of qualifying cost, with a maximum grant of S$1 million and receive an investment allowance of 100 percent for automation equipment, in addition to the existing capital allowance.

Many companies are not investing enough in their digital futures as they are focused on being able to provide regular dividends. Some are unwilling to shave off some of the cream of today's success and invest in a digital future.  However, management needs to invest now for the future, and DevOps is a good place to start.  As Singapore's economy shows signs of slowing in the next half of 2016, businesses' tools and processes must support a deploy-and-fail-fast mindset that is quick to respond to market changes. When we bring software developers and operations functions together, it emphasises the business' commitment to collaboration and value-addition, and will put the company in good stead for the future.

 

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