Welcome!

@DevOpsSummit Authors: Liz McMillan, Yeshim Deniz, Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Zakia Bouachraoui

Related Topics: @DevOpsSummit, Linux Containers, Agile Computing

@DevOpsSummit: Blog Post

How DevOps Became the New Normal | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Find out just how much has changed since the last CA Technologies Global DevOps survey

How DevOps Became the New Normal

Just last year, a CA Technologies and Vanson Bourne survey revealed that DevOps was not a sure-fire hit— 16 percent of senior IT professionals did not know what DevOps was, and an additional 18 percent had no plans to adopt it. Fast forward one year and the results tell an entirely new story. 88 percent of respondents had already adopted DevOps or plan to do so, up from 66 percent last year. In addition to senior IT professionals, this year’s respondents expanded to include senior Line-of-Business executives—precisely the people you’d expect would not know as much about DevOps. So how has DevOps become the new normal?

The application economy happened – or, rather, it accelerated so quickly that enterprises have no choice but to consider DevOps.  In our most recent global survey on the application economy, 94% of Line of Business executives say they are facing increased pressure to release apps more quickly due to customer demand or competitive pressures. But how to do this while at the same time maintaining the app quality and performance that is critical to the overall end user experience?  Enter DevOps.

Demand for DevOps coming from customers

For further proof, consider the stated demand drivers for DevOps.  In last year’s survey, the #1 driver was the need for greater collaboration between Dev and Ops.  This year, that dropped way down to #6, and the top demand driver is the need to improve the quality and performance of the applications, followed in the number two position with the need to improve the overall end customer experience.  In fact, all five of the top demand drivers relate to the challenges of the application economy: the need for simultaneous deployment across multiple platforms (number three), increasing use of mobile devices (#4) and the pressure to release apps more quickly based on customer demand (number four).

DevOps has clearly evolved from a process to just address dis-functional relationships between Dev and Ops to an essential component of rapidly delivering high-quality apps and superior experiences to internal and external users.

Investing in DevOps

Another big difference is how enterprises are planning to invest to ensure DevOps success. Last year enterprises were principally looking to better train existing staff, and acquire new tools. This year, 63 percent are looking to add new resources with the necessary skills and 51 percent plan to engage a consulting firm with a DevOps practice, recognition that the seismic shifts caused by the application economy may require a lot more than fine-tuning existing organizations or buying more tools, although these still remain part of the solution.

The plan by half of the respondents to engage a consulting firm is also an indicator that DevOps is is becoming more important. In many cases, consulting teams are engaged after an organization’s own DevOps efforts have grown to such a scale that a more formalized approach is needed, or help is required to further expand DevOps to embrace more elements of the organization.  Identifying the right consulting firm also brings its own challenges, as indicated by the 26 percent of respondents who highlighted this as a key obstacle to overcome.

DevOps concerns

One interesting shift over last year’s survey is that security concerns have vaulted to the #1 obstacle identified to achieving success with DevOps, versus its #3 position last year. This too reflects the evolution of DevOps. No longer simply a set of internal processes to facilitate collaboration, DevOps is now at the heart of enterprises’ app delivery life-cycle, which may include external partners, suppliers and even customers. Already 71% of respondents open their APIs to external users, and the issue of securing those APIs suddenly becomes a key priority (and concern). The good news is the industry is responding with an ever more feature-rich set of solutions addressing API management and security.

What’s next?

There is no doubt that DevOps has evolved and grown past troublesome adolescence to become a full-fledged adult best practice in the application economy.  If we conduct our DevOps survey again next year, what do you think will be the burning issues and obstacles identified?  Will there be any push-back or backlash from the rapid growth of DevOps?

Tell me what you think here or on Twitter @jackiekahle or LinkedIn. For the full survey results, download “DevOps: the Worst-Kept Secret to Winning in the Application Economy”.

More Stories By Jackie Kahle

Jackie is a 30-year veteran of the IT industry and has held senior management positions in marketing, business development, and strategic planning for major systems, software, and services companies including Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, and Gartner. She currently manages the strategy and execution of CA Technologies thought leadership programs. Jackie has an MBA from the Whittemore School, University of New Hampshire, a BA in Mathematics from New York University and is the Vice-Chair of the N.H. State Council on the Arts.

@DevOpsSummit Stories
DXWordEXPO New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
In this presentation, you will learn first hand what works and what doesn't while architecting and deploying OpenStack. Some of the topics will include:- best practices for creating repeatable deployments of OpenStack- multi-site considerations- how to customize OpenStack to integrate with your existing systems and security best practices.
Most DevOps journeys involve several phases of maturity. Research shows that the inflection point where organizations begin to see maximum value is when they implement tight integration deploying their code to their infrastructure. Success at this level is the last barrier to at-will deployment. Storage, for instance, is more capable than where we read and write data. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Josh Atwell, a Developer Advocate for NetApp, will discuss the role and value extensible storage infrastructure has in accelerating software development activities, improve code quality, reveal multiple deployment options through automated testing, and support continuous integration efforts. All this will be described using tools common in DevOps organizations.
Modern software design has fundamentally changed how we manage applications, causing many to turn to containers as the new virtual machine for resource management. As container adoption grows beyond stateless applications to stateful workloads, the need for persistent storage is foundational - something customers routinely cite as a top pain point. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Bill Borsari, Head of Systems Engineering at Datera, explored how organizations can reap the benefits of the cloud without losing performance as containers become the new paradigm.
The current age of digital transformation means that IT organizations must adapt their toolset to cover all digital experiences, beyond just the end users’. Today’s businesses can no longer focus solely on the digital interactions they manage with employees or customers; they must now contend with non-traditional factors. Whether it's the power of brand to make or break a company, the need to monitor across all locations 24/7, or the ability to proactively resolve issues, companies must adapt to the new world.