ZDNet – Joe McKendrick – 3/3/18
Everyone understands the need for DevOps and agile practices, but making it all work for the enterprise is another story. A survey of 1,300 executives just released by CA Technologies and Freeform Dynamics finds that while 75 percent recognize that these approaches drive significant business success when implemented together, only a relatively small proportion -- about one in five -- consider the consistency, depth and breadth of usage of these practices to be high.
Adopting DevOps and agile culture delivers greater business performance. Organizations fully embracing DevOps and agile practices are seeing a 60 percent higher rate of revenue and profit growth, and are 2.4 times more likely than their mainstream counterparts to be growing their businesses at a rate of over 20 percent, the survey's authors report. Still, only 18 percent were at this stage of advancement.
There may be a paradox at work as well. Those enterprises adopting DevOps and agile in a comprehensive way are likely to be those that are already forward-thinking, participative and open to innovation. The organizations that really need a good dose of DevOps and agile -- encumbered by creaky, calcified processes and uninspired management -- are not likely to be adopting these practices in the manner in which they should.