Cloud and DevOps: The Bacon and Eggs of the Modern Software Factory

Research shows coupling Cloud and DevOps efforts will deliver better, bigger benefits to organizations.

If your job has anything to do with software or technology, the terms Cloud and DevOps are probably something you come across as frequently as bacon and eggs at a breakfast diner. They’re so frequently used, I’d bet many spouses and children—regardless of their profession—are even familiar with the terms.

While one could certainly argue that either of these terms has become overused (with marketing departments being the usual culprits), it’s a fact that both Cloud and DevOps play a significant role in the technological revolution we are living through.

DevOps and Cloud: Better Together

DevOps methodologies are changing the way software is produced and operated. Cloud computing plays a role in both the delivery of software—making applications easier and faster to consume and deliver—as well as software development via the use of cloud-based development tools.

It’s no surprise that the benefits and adoption of both has been thoroughly and extensively researched. Multiple studies, such as the annual State of DevOps Report, produced by DORA and Puppet, and Cisco’s Global Cloud Index delve into the business benefits of each individual movement.

Yet unlike bacon and eggs, very little (if any!) research has been conducted that examines the “health” benefits of combining DevOps methodologies and cloud-based tools. Until today.

CA Technologies commissioned FreeForm Dynamics, a leading market research and industry analyst firm, to conduct a survey of nearly 1,000 IT professionals globally to explore the synergies between these two technology trends.

Separate History, Joint Future

The results are clear: while both DevOps practices and cloud tools help organizations deliver software more quickly, and with better quality, the benefits are compounded when the two are used together.

Organizations were asked to self-assess their commitment to DevOps methodologies, and cloud-based tools and delivery models; and they were also asked to rank their ability to develop and deliver software based on a number of metrics.

The study found that only 20 percent of organizations displayed a strong commitment to both Cloud and DevOps—these were labeled Delivery Disrupters. Seventeen percent of organizations were strongly committed to cloud tools alone; and 15 percent were committed to DevOps practices, but not cloud. The remaining 48 percent did not display a strong commitment to either, and were labeled Slow Movers.

The interesting part comes when you look at the 20 percent of organizations who are strongly committed to both. These saw significantly increased performance over either of the other groups, including:

  • 81 percent improvement in overall software delivery performance.

  • 90 percent improvement in software delivery speed.

  • 119 percent improvement in cost control.

There were many other benefits as well, but there are no spoilers here. Check out the infographic that provides more detail on why Cloud and DevOps are like bacon and eggs: good alone, but much better together.

Aruna Ravichandran
By Aruna Ravichandran | July 19, 2017