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.
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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