While there are potential pitfalls, the reassuring result is that DevOps is an approach that delivers more results with more investments. From our experience, part of the DevOps challenge is not just figuring out how to succeed, but also how to recover and learn from the failures that will inevitably come along the way. As DevOps continues to evolve, there will be better ideas and newer ways to do things. As businesses plan for DevOps implementation, our recommended approach is that customers first figure out what works best for them in their own unique environment and have that guide their overall approach.
2. Invest in talents and processes
As increasingly more businesses turn to DevOps, it's expected that resources will be spent to protect and fuel their investments. The top three investment areas include investing in more training for development and operations personnel (64%), redesigning processes to drive DevOps approach (59%), and engaging a consulting firm with a DevOps practice (59%). Other key investment areas include hiring new resources with necessary skills (57%), changing organisational structure (42%), and investing in new tools (42%).
In fact, early adopters to DevOps are already reporting that they are starting to see the benefits of their implementation. These benefits include the availability of their software and services across more platforms (90%), increased collaboration between departments (88%) and a reduction of time spent fixing and maintaining applications (88%).
An interesting point to note from the survey is that we're seeing a significant dip in specific investment areas within the span of a year. For example, investment in new tools decreased by 31% and has dropped from the number one priority last year to close to the bottom of the list this year.
This shift hints at an issue many businesses face in today's application economy: skills gap. Additionally, it reflects the evolving business mind set and underscores the pressures businesses today are facing to deliver both in the short and long term through hiring and training talent respectively.
What's next on the road to DevOps?
The road to DevOps has already begun for some and many others will be a part of it this year. Businesses around the region and globally are recognising that DevOps will enable them to develop faster, better quality applications, and more importantly, better alignment with business objectives. We believe that while 2014 was the year DevOps gained widespread recognition, we will see DevOps take centre stage this year where businesses will look to integrate it as part of a strategic business imperative.
Now that we've established the value of DevOps, potential pitfalls, and investment areas, what's next for businesses? In the second part of this leadership series, we'll look to share our recommended blueprint for DevOps success to help businesses find fewer problems and more answers as they embark on the road to DevOps.
Read part two here.
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