Businesses Lack Well-Defined DevOps Strategy

by CXOtoday News Desk    Feb 04, 2016


DevOps adoption in the Asia Pacific and Japan region (APJ) is growing fast. However, it still has a long way to go as companies are still struggling to fit the technology into their organizational strategy.

According to the results of a new global study commissioned by CA Technologies, even though DevOps is seen as a key component to driving business agility and keeping up with customer demands, only a little over half (52 percent) of the respondents who have implemented DevOps in APJ have a well-defined DevOps strategy and objectives.

The study titled “Assembling the DevOps Jigsaw,” also finds, with 44 percent of DevOps practitioners in the region still working on security and compliance, most DevOps activities are still not well supported from an enabling platform and risk management perspective.

Furthermore, while 87 percent of APJ respondents considered business stakeholder education to be important, and 85 percent recognized the importance of ensuring adequate knowledge of business priorities within IT, only 31 percent of adopters in APJ have completed these steps, it said.

The researchers also said that successfully fostering teamwork remains a significant barrier to DevOps success. Respondents in APJ found the breaking down of cultural barriers between Dev and Ops teams to be the most challenging task, with a mere 26 percent having achieved cultural harmony within IT.

Besides, cross functional IT processes, relevant IT knowledge and skills, right infrastructure and tooling, and right suppliers and support are the other four pieces to assemble an amazing DevOps practice. 

These are enough challenges that are causing problems in DevOps adoption in the region, even though two-thirds of organizations in APJ have implemented DevOps, and 15 percent of these DevOps practitioners have already reached advanced levels of adoption. The study, found that advanced DevOps adopters were more likely to report that their digital initiatives contributed to competitiveness, customer retention and top- and bottom-line results. 

“DevOps adoption across APJ is growing fast. It is already on par with Europe and getting very close to the Americas,” said Ashok Vasan, vice president, Application Delivery, Asia Pacific & Japan, CA Technologies. “However, companies could do more to advance their level of adoption. To fully harness the potential of DevOps, organizations need to skill-up IT and ensure that the necessary enablers are in place to support collaboration and continuous innovation.”

Assembling all of the pieces of the DevOps jigsaw puzzle undeniably requires time, effort and careful planning, but the results are worth it. With overall DevOps adoption already on an upward trend in APJ, and practitioners eager to improve, organizations are certainly making steady progress and the future of DevOps in the region looks to be a promising one.