What's Stopping CIOs From Embracing DevOps?

by CXOtoday News Desk    Mar 16, 2017


DevOps has become increasingly popular as a means of speeding up technology projects, but a new study reveals that organizations are facing a number of challenges in adopting it. 

A recent survey from sandbox specialist Quali finds that top barriers to DevOps success include the respondent’s company culture (14 percent), challenges of testing automation (13 percent), legacy systems (12 percent), application complexity (11 percent), and budget constraints (11 percent).

Other barriers to implementing DevOps include limited IT skills, difficulty managing multiple environments, a lack of DevOps plans and tools, and a lack of executive buy-in. Complex applications also make the transition to cloud and DevOps challenging. Over 44 percent of applications in traditional environments were considered too complex for cloud.

No access to self-service infrastructure is a problem for 54 percent of respondents. This means more than half of respondents take a ticket-based approach to infrastructure delivery, impacting productivity and increasing time to market.

Of those surveyed, only 23 percent say infrastructure can be delivered in less than one day. Over 33 percent of respondents say it takes up to a month to deliver infrastructure with 26 percent saying it takes a month or more. Lack of access to the right infrastructure and environment slows application delivery.

The findings also show that the current DevOps tool ecosystem is quite fragmented with a mixture of open source and packaged offerings in use. The most popular tools cited by respondents include Jenkins (21 percent), Docker (16 percent), Puppet (14 percent) and Chef (13 percent).

On average, of those adopting hybrid clouds, only 23 percent of their apps on a hybrid cloud platform, with 65 percent of respondents running less than 24 applications in hybrid environments and only eight percent running more than 75 applications.

“We were pleasantly surprised by the response to our 2016 DevOps survey with over 2,000 respondents,” says Shashi Kiran, Quali’s Chief Marketing Officer. “The survey revealed interesting insights on adoption of cloud and DevOps, particularly in the context of hybrid clouds. What stood out most to us were some of the barriers around DevOps including culture, test automation and integration of legacy investments. These issues are consistent with patterns we’re seeing every day.”

“While the term DevOps is often associated with leading-edge projects, mastering DevOps isn’t only about innovating on the ‘cool’ technologies faster; it’s also about building the capabilities to perform modern application development across the board,” wrote Diego Lo Giudice, of Forrester Research in the December 2016 report, Master DevOps For Faster Delivery Of Software Innovation. “For many companies, staying ahead of disruption means not only delivering new innovations but also modernizing current software and systems. The underlying cultural shifts, process improvements, and automation of DevOps build the foundation for development teams to mature to the next generation of modern software development.”

“Despite the immense popularity of DevOps today, EMA research data shows a general lack of central governance and automation when it comes to creating new application environments. This leads to pockets of developers using their favorite, often not well integrated, DevOps tools. To clean up this mess, we need a template or blueprint-driven approach with one central management platform or point of access, assuring consistency of deployed application environments, from the app server and backend data to the load testing software,” said Torsten VolkManaging Research Director, Hybrid Cloud & Infrastructure Management, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA).

From the point-of-view of Donnie Berkholz, Research Director, Development, DevOps & IT Ops at 451 Research, “Infrastructure technology is allowing enterprises to compete at the business level in a way that we don’t think has ever happened before – at least not to this extent. The better collaboration between technology groups and the rest of the business, whether it’s internally perceived as expansion of DevOps or as digital transformation, will continue to drive a stronger role for technology as the next wave of companies looks to become software-defined.”