DevOps pain points for CIOs: More speed but less haste required

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An effective DevOps strategy, as well as addressing unified testing issues, remains major concerns for the majority of CIOs and decision makers, according to research from Appvance.

The study, which was conducted by Vanson Bourne and polled 200 enterprise IT decision makers in the US, found 91% of CIOs agreed that executing a DevOps strategy is a top priority for their organisation, while the same number agreed addressing integrated unified testing is similarly critical.

In terms of what CIOs are looking for in their DevOps solutions, 87% advocate increasing velocity and productivity as their top priorities, while almost nine in 10 (89%) say ensuring confidence in the quality of releases is key to success.

The one aspect which was made abundantly clear, however, was that quality assurance testing in development projects is sorely lacking. “Nobody is happy with the current QA situation,” said Appvance CEO Kevin Surace. “They are making dangerous tradeoffs in quality and security to attempt to improve velocity, and are looking for something new.

“Effective and efficient DevOps operations require both velocity and quality,” he added. “Legacy processes use five to 10 siloed tools and teams, each requiring different scripting languages and methods, and taking weeks or more to create and run automated software tests.

“It’s frankly untenable, and arguably a broken system.”

The evolution of DevOps practice in the enterprise throughout this year has been of interest as, predominantly, confusion reigns. In January a study from Rackspace revealed how almost two thirds (63%) of UK respondents said they were familiar with the concept of DevOps in terms of “combining development tools to increase operations productivity through collaboration and measurement.”

Yet that confidence was not replicated across the board. In May, research conducted by Red Hat and TechValidate on behalf of Enterprise AppsTech found that while 26% of the global 114 Red Hat customers said they were using DevOps to support mobility projects, 21% didn’t understand the term and 15% understood DevOps but not its role in mobility.

In July MongoDB VP strategy Kelly Stirman told this reporter his views on DevOps and how it might not fit every organisation. “There are a surprising number of companies that set up organisations to be at war with each other to drive efficiency. What DevOps is really about is developers taking more and more control of the stack, [and] at the same time automating more and more of the stack.”

Will automation improve velocity while at the same time decreasing the error count?

 

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