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DevOps hype grows

Rising DevOps adoption linked to improvement in software

Coman Hamilton
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If your enterprise hasn’t already adopted a DevOps approach, there’s officially no excuse anymore.

DevOps adoption has been linked with a significant rise in software quality and customer increase by a recent study from software giant CA. The analysis, which looked at 1,425 large international enterprises, revealed a 19% improvement in programming results and an 18% uptake in customers in companies that had taken a DevOps approach.

Faster time-to-market, security obstacles

The study charts a business improvement between 14% to 21%, which participants chiefly attributed to a faster time-to-market and better application performance achieved by the DevOps approach. Over a third of all those surveyed reported above-average profit growth following their implementation of DevOps.

32% of respondents said that the new culture even made it possible to develop software that wasn’t possible before. However, security risks have caused troubles for as much as 28% of enterprises attempting to make the change. The number of companies that resorted to outside help when shifting towards DevOps has increased to 63% in the last year, revealing that the organisational complexity remains a significant deterrent.

The number of enterprises adopting and planning on adopting DevOps has also risen since 2013. DevOps adoption was already reported to have grown by 23% between 2011 and 2013, according to a separate survey.

DevOps bashing is over

Although there are certainly still areas where DevOps can and will change and improve, Andi Mann, Vice President of CA Technologies, has commented that the time for DevOps scepticism has passed.

The argument against DevOps is over. Global business and IT leaders need DevOps to transform their enterprises into application-led businesses, drive their competitiveness and create business growth.

JAX speaker Eberhard Wolff has made the helpful comparison to agile, making the claim that DevOps is now where agile was in 2000. Just like DevOps, “when agile originally started it faced resistance. People didn’t want to use it. People thought it could not possibly work.”

Five years later, it was mainstream and found acceptance in major enterprises. With Microsoft’s Tim Park already declaring it “the new normal”, it might not even take that long for DevOps.

Author
Coman Hamilton
Coman was Editor of JAXenter.com at S&S Media Group. He has a master's degree in cultural studies and has written and edited content for numerous news, tech and culture websites and magazines, as well as several ad agencies.

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