A brighter future with DevOps
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By Daniel Berg, IBM Chief Architect, DevOps Tools and Strategy
DevOps has the power to improve people’s lives. Does that sound far-fetched? We’re already seeing the evidence.
DevOps is an enterprise capability for continuous software delivery that enables businesses to seize market opportunities and reduce time to customer feedback. Put simply, it strives to eliminate waste so that organisations can deliver software based on customer feedback at a comfortable pace with less risk, at lower cost and higher quality.
A recent IBM study showed that 86% of the 435 executives surveyed believe software delivery is critical to the success of their business, yet only 25% think they’re doing it effectively. Of those that are doing it effectively, 69% are outperforming their competitors. The message is clear. If your business processes don’t encourage innovation, someone else’s will.
The market is primed for DevOps; critical technology trends such as cloud, social, mobile and big data are driving the need. These technologies have invigorated a new class of small, agile startups to innovate at astonishing speeds. This should be a wake up call for small and large businesses: if you want to remain relevant, it’s imperative to have a DevOps capability.
There are huge cultural, process and tooling shifts ahead. I predict that within 10 years, DevOps will be standard practice across most small and large companies. Continuous integration, testing, deployment and delivery will be at the heart of every project. Organisations that fail to adapt will simply cease to exist.
And the consumer will only benefit from this shift. As businesses compete to deliver more innovative products based on genuine consumer needs, consumers are able to provide feedback within days or even hours, setting the stakes high and driving more reliable and higher quality products.
I don’t know about you, but I think the future is looking pretty exciting for both businesses and consumers.