New research shows a persistent interest in DevOps; however, ongoing challenges to its implementations still need to be overcome.
The rise of DevOps
New research commissioned by Claranet, the managed services providers, has revealed that there is a strong appetite for embracing a DevOps approach to services across Europe. Despite this, there are many hurdles to overcome, such as a lack of clear business objectives within the management structure.
The report, entitled “Beyond Digital Transformation: Reality check for European IT and Digital leaders” analyses the results of 750 surveyed IT professionals across Europe.
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It found that 29% of organisations have already made the transition to a DevOps approach, while 54% expected to make the switch over the next two years.
Michel Robert, UK Managing Director at Claranet, said: “There is a clear desire amongst IT leaders to engage with a DevOps service delivery methodology more readily.”
“It is encouraging that organisations are becoming more aware of the benefits that taking an application-centric focus can bring, in terms of greater business agility and increased operational efficiency.”
Despite the continuing rise of DevOps, there remain significant barriers. According to the study, 74% of those that moved to a DevOps approach have experienced challenges of some kind.
The most common challenge IT leaders found was that their operations teams were limiting the potential of DevOps (26%), while 25% found that an absence of concrete business objectives within the management structure made it more difficult to define a DevOps strategy that would deliver against corporate goals.
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To overcome these barriers, Robert believes that IT leaders need to automate more applications and processes by making full use of the cloud.
He added: “DevOps can’t simply be implemented overnight – it requires a period of iterative change in which both the technology and the people at an organisation need to be made ready for it.”
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