DevOps enables organisations to deliver better applications and stronger experiences to their customers. Increasingly, it’s becoming known as a modern approach to IT. With that in mind, those who don’t take it up are subsequently finding themselves at a disadvantage.
To ensure the same doesn’t happen to you, we’ve taken part in a whitepaper that will explore the drive behind DevOps as well as what’s holding other firms back. Here, we highlight what you can expect to find in that industry research…
What is DevOps?
Defined by Gartner, DevOps is ‘a change in IT culture, focusing on rapid IT service delivery through the adoption of agile, lean practices in the context of a system oriented approach’.
In English, DevOps allows teams to work together, collaborate closely, share responsibilities, and combine their workflows reducing inefficiencies and saving time.
By doing this, companies can more sustainably – and quickly – release products that outpace competitors, while improving applications and the customer experience. In short, DevOps means businesses can effectively future-proof themselves.
What is driving it?
In a recent IDG survey, 74% of those who adopted DevOps did so because of a desire for agility. 55% said they made the move to improve IT performance and 42% cited the additional reason of better IT and business alignment.
We go into more detail about who in the business is pushing for these changes in the whitepaper. However the general goal is clear – to improve customer experiences, respond faster to business demands and balance innovation with security and operational needs.
Interestingly enough, there is an even split between organisations who promoted this change from the bottom-up (40%) and organisations who brought the changes in from the top-down (42%), implying a clear level of mutual understanding amongst all stakeholders.
So, what is holding it back?
Despite the obvious benefits, some businesses are still not sold. Typically, this is because of office culture or the sense of the unknown when it comes to preparing staff for a new approach and upskilling them.
Additionally, a large number of businesses don’t have the skills in-house to make the change. Talent shortages in development are difficult enough to overcome. Not to mention, when you’re looking to build a more collaborative workforce.
Likewise, when there is talent in the market, it is only affordable for the larger organisations. For smaller companies, budget constraints are almost impossible to work around. And when they are, there’s no internal leadership or expertise to implement the new methodologies.
How can I adopt it?
We don’t want to spoil the whitepaper, so you’ll have to download it to find the full answer. But in short, to bridge a technical skills gap, your best bet is MSPs. Services like ClearCloud’s Enterprise DevOps consultancy provide the expertise, skills and resources to flesh out your skill set and implement a whole new approach.