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In this first of a two-part series article, I provide a broad overview of potential pitfalls and investment areas to help businesses find fewer problems and more answers on the road to DevOps.
In a recent conversation with one of our customers, he referred to DevOps as technology's middle child. He then went on to describe how other technology trends, such as cloud computing and big data, are like the eldest and youngest child — often viewed as the most important and given the most attention. DevOps, on the other hand, is usually left out or neglected.
The reassuring reality today is that while other technology disruptor trends have continued to stay relevant to the Application Economy conversation, DevOps has steadily made its way into the business mind set and looks set to play a key role in the year ahead.
What a difference a year makes
Last year, we asked analyst firm, Vanson Bourne, to survey IT decision makers about DevOps, a shortened term to describe the methodology that helps foster collaboration between the teams that create and test applications (Dev) with those that maintain them in production environments (Ops). The results revealed some confusion around the term where many reported that they were doing many of the tenets under DevOps but they weren't necessarily calling it DevOps.
Just a year later, we're seeing a significant increase in DevOps adoption from last year's results of 66% to 82% this year across 650 respondents in the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region. Globally, we're seeing an even higher increase. This points towards the increased pressures businesses are facing in today's application economy where there are extreme demands to innovate and deliver applications — without errors — and services more frequently and faster than ever before. In fact, 32% of APJ respondents indicated that they are under increased pressure to release more applications faster.
From the data points of this year's survey, we believe a DevOps culture will enable businesses to better compete in today's app-driven, cloud-connected, mobile-everything world. The year 2015 will see the start of many companies on the road to DevOps. There are two key learning from our DevOps survey from respondents who have deployed DevOps in APJ:
1. DevOps is long distance run — plan your race strategy well
With any worthwhile undertaking, embarking on a new technology disruptor trend would entail growing pains. This isn't any different with DevOps. From our DevOps survey, the top three common IT concerns include organisational complexity (31%), justification on ROI (28%), and misalignment for the roles and responsibilities across development and operations (27%).
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