What happens when the past catches up with you

Report: The bad news about DevOps adoption

Gabriela Motroc

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Enterprises are doing everything in their power to jump on the DevOps bandwagon but this journey is not all sunshine and rainbows, a recent study shows.

DevOps has gone mainstream —there is no doubt about it. Every company is trying to do it and every manager is trying to be successful at it but in order to understand the present and face the future, they need to look at the past and replace the software test automation tools.

When an enterprise adopts DevOps, there are certain changes that need to occur —one of them (which should happen but does not) is the replacement of software test automation tools. One cannot fully embrace DevOps without aligning all the bits and pieces.

New research commissioned by Appvance Inc. and carried out by Vanson Bourne shows that companies’ road to DevOps is often blocked by an issue called the “QA wall.” Seventy-nine percent of respondents stated that increasing the frequency of software releases is a priority for their company; they also believe that increasing the frequency of software releases would help them achieve their business objectives.

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Seventy-three percent of respondents have adopted DevOps processes, with 57 percent of them still experiencing a bottleneck during software testing that impacts how fast new and updated software can be released. Sixty percent of respondents claimed that security concerns have prevented them from accelerating the software testing process while 81 percent believe there are opportunities in their organization to further automate software testing to accelerate releases. 

 Appvance CEO Kevin Surace concluded that “enterprises have adopted Agile and continuous delivery processes to improve efficiency, productivity and to deliver business results, but they often maintain traditional thinking about software testing, which has not changed significantly in over twenty years. As a result, companies still struggle to get past the QA Wall created by existing software test automation tools that can’t move as fast as DevOps moves. Until the silos created by those tools are eliminated, the QA Wall will continue to slow software release schedules.”

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Gabriela Motroc
Gabriela Motroc was editor of and JAX Magazine. Before working at Software & Support Media Group, she studied International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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