[Updated on 11 February 2015 at 3:16 PM (Singapore Time) to include quotes and insights from CA Technologies' spokesperson]
DevOps is gaining momentum in the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region, suggests CA Technologies' study, titled "DevOps: The Worst-Kept Secret to Winning in the Application Economy."
DevOps is software development approach that focuses on fostering collaboration between the teams that create and test applications (Dev) and those that maintain them in production environments (Ops).
CA Technologies' study — which surveyed 1,425 senior IT and business leaders globally — found that 82 percent of APJ firms have embraced or are planning to adopt a DevOps strategy, a 12 point increase from last year. Among these respondents, 78 to 90 percent of them claimed to have gained or expect to see benefits from their DevOps efforts.
Why adopt DevOps?
According to the respondents, DevOps enabled them to expand software availability across more platforms (90 percent), and increase collaboration between departments (88 percent). They also spent less time fixing and maintaining applications (88 percent) after embracing DevOps.
Besides the benefits of DevOps, key drivers of DevOps adoption include the need to improve the quality and performance of their apps (39 percent) and shorten the time taken to release an app (32 percent).
So what's holding back the adoption of DevOps?
When asked about the difficulties of implementing DevOps, respondents in APJ cited organisational complexity (31 percent) and the difficulty in justifying its implementation in terms of return on investment (28 percent).
To overcome these challenges, firms in the region plan to offer more training for development and operations personnel (64 percent), and redesign processes to drive DevOps approach (59 percent).
"The implementation of DevOps requires breaking down the silos between the development and operations teams, and this requires a cultural shift within the organisation," said Ashok Vasan, vice president, application delivery, Asia Pacific & Japan, CA Technologies.
The end goal of DevOps training for development and operations personnel is therefore to increase their collaboration and output, while at the same time reducing operating redundancies and bottlenecks, he added.
In terms of redesigning processes to drive a successful DevOps approach, Vasan advised organisations to start with defining the desired business outcomes from such an implementation, and identifying the key talents who will help to shape and communicate the strategy to the entire organisation. This includes communicating a common goal, and determining concrete internal and external measures for DevOps success.
After which, organisations should look at creating the appropriate context and framework for both the development and the operations team to collaborate, develop, "fail-fast", and rapidly improve the product, said Vasan.
Telcos most enthusiastic about DevOps
The telecoms industry was revealed to be most enthusiastic when it comes to DevOps. While 30 percent of the firms are already adopting DevOps, 49 percent of them plans to do so within the next two years. According to CA Technologies, this is the highest figure in the region globally.
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