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Use of DevOps for rapid software deployment is imp: study

Rackspace announced
the findings of a global Vanson Bourne study on the adoption of
DevOps initiatives for Rapid Application Delivery (RAD). The study,
which was commissioned by Rackspace, found that DevOps is becoming
increasingly recognised as an established industry practice and the
rate of adoption is remarkable given its relative infancy. Over three
quarters (77 percent) of the respondents said they were familiar with
term DevOps, with 55 percent having already implemented DevOps

Rackspace announced
the findings of a global Vanson Bourne study on the adoption of
DevOps initiatives for Rapid Application Delivery (RAD). The study,
which was commissioned by Rackspace, found that DevOps is becoming
increasingly recognised as an established industry practice and the
rate of adoption is remarkable given its relative infancy. Over three
quarters (77 percent) of the respondents said they were familiar with
term DevOps, with 55 percent having already implemented DevOps
practices. A further 31 percent said they were planning to implement
it by the end of 2017.

In addition, the poll of 700 technology
decision-makers* across the UK, US and Australia, showed clear
business value of implementing DevOps. Over half of the companies
with a DevOps programme reported seeing an increase in customer
conversion and satisfaction (52 percent) as well as an improvement in
customer engagement (43 percent).  Strikingly, over a third (38
percent) also experienced an increase in sales.

On the technology side, of those that have deployed a
DevOps programme, over half (57 percent) experienced faster delivery
of new features, while 46 percent had a more stable operating
environment. Increased innovation was also a benefit for 43 percent
while 32 percent have reduced their IT costs.

Roughly a third of those who have gone down the
DevOps route said internal resistance from both operations teams and
developers was a challenge, while nearly a quarter (24 percent) had
issues from the wider business not buying into the change.
Additionally, of the 14 percent not planning to implement DevOps at
all, 41 percent said they had other more urgent IT priorities.

Chris Jackson, CTO of DevOps Practice Area at
Rackspace, said, “DevOps is all about encouraging innovation and
streamlining processes to help ensure development and operations are
working hand in hand to deliver business objectives. While, the
findings suggest that the DevOps journey is already becoming well
established in many organisations, there is still a job to do in
articulating the benefits to all groups involved for them to accept
and drive through this change. This becomes especially important when
you see the real commercial benefits DevOps teams are delivering.”

In the majority of the cases where DevOps had
already been implemented, the Operations team was the primary driving
force behind the change (43 percent).  For those businesses
still in the planning stages for their DevOps programmes, the
Operations team was again key to the process (43 percent).

Chief Information Officers were also key
facilitators, with 25 percent having driven the adoption of DevOps
within their organisations.

 

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