Several practices of webscale companies are now penetrating mainstream enterprise organizations. The practice of DevOps is perhaps one of the most important. Driven by the adoption of cloud and modernization of application architectures, DevOps practices are quickly gaining ground in companies that are interested in moving fast – with software eating everything - between “write code and throw it across the wall” to creating more pragmatic mechanisms that induce and maintain operational rigor. The intent behind DevOps (and DevSecOps) is quite noble and excellent in theory.
Where it breaks down is in practice. Greenfield deployments remain innocent. Starting out with a clean slate is always relatively easy. Preserving or integrating legacy in brownfield environments is where it becomes both challenging and interesting. For the next several years that’s where the action is.
Enterprises that have invested in technology over the past few decades suddenly find that they can now actually create tremendous legacy inertia to move forward. So, while many have adopted DevOps practices, it has begun in pockets across the organization.
Being focused on the area of Cloud and DevOps Automation, over the last two years Quali has conducted an annual survey that captures the trends at a high level from different vantage points.
Our 2016 Annual DevOps survey yielded 2045 responses to our questions and brought us several insights. Many of these are consistent with our customers’ experiences during the course of our business. Other insights continue to surprise us.
The results of our survey are published in this press release.
It is remarkable that many enterprises continue to be dependent on infrastructure to make applications move faster. Infrastructure continues to be a bottleneck, particularly in on-premise environments. Software defined architectures and NFV have taken root, but the solutions are still scratching the surface. Adoption of automation, blueprinting and environments-as-a-service are happening and greasing the skids, but clearly these need to happen at a faster pace.
The survey also demonstrated some clear patterns on the top barriers inhibiting the rapid adoption of DevOps practices. The rankings were published in this infographic:
Organizations that are planning to accelerate their DevOps initiatives in 2017 should heed these barriers and set up a clear plan to overcome them.
So, how do you grease the skids for DevOps? We’re sharing some of these insights and more in an upcoming webinar on March 22nd that will discuss these barriers in a greater amount of detail. You can register for the webinar here.
Finally, our 2017 DevOps and Cloud Survey is underway. Please consider answering the survey; if you do you may win a $100 Amazon gift card.