Vanson Bourne surveyed 1,300 senior IT decision-makers and found that 70% say there’s a greater need for DevOps now than in the past.* No surprise there. With everyone trying to release more apps, more quickly, on more platforms – they’re desperate for DevOps. But on their way to DevOps success, they’re running straight into two, very big barriers.

What’s the roadblock? Well, it’s not the technologies.
The Vanson Bourne survey uncovered two major barriers to successful DevOps initiatives: 1) “Organizational complexity – people, departments, interdependencies”, and 2) “Roles and responsibilities across dev and ops not aligned”.

In other words, technology is not the problem. People are. As we pointed out in our recent ebook, Making DevOps Doable, “Everyone’s obsessing over tools, but it’s the people that matter most.” That’s because DevOps introduces a whole new way of working. And change like that doesn’t happen overnight.

So how do you overcome these obstacles?
If you want to make this work, you can’t treat DevOps as a side project. It can’t be something that only a few of your teams embrace. It has to be a top-down, strategic initiative.

This isn’t simple. You’ve got to take a holistic look at everything from organizational structure … to individual roles and responsibilities … to training and development … to performance metrics, incentives, and rewards. You’ll probably have to navigate some politics, too – because you must ensure that everyone is on board (more on that in our ebook).

Sound like too much to bite off at once? It is.
At the end of the day, DevOps will impact the entire culture of your organization. But that’s too much change to tackle all at once. So where do you start? Pick a smaller, shorter initiative. Treat it like a pilot project. Then, publicize the success widely.

This lets your organization see the value of DevOps before having to jump in with both feet. Generating this early buy-in will be extremely helpful later down the line (when you’re doing the hard work of integrating teams and changing organizational practices).

What happens when you get it right?
According to the Vanson Bourne survey, IT leaders that implement DevOps are seeing double digit improvements in time-to-market, software quality, and frequency of deployments. That’s impressive. And it’s exactly what makes DevOps worth the extra effort required to shake up old habits and legacy structures. [Can’t decide if we need this last line or not: This adds up to a direct impact on the business’s ability to drive sales and meet customer needs.]

For more tips and insights, download our free ebook: Making DevOps Doable.

*What Smart Businesses Need to Know About DevOps – Vanson Bourne and CA Technologies

By Randall McCroskey March 5, 2015
Tags: EnterpriseIndependent Software VendorMobile