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DevOps: Collaboration makes all the success

Richard Gerdis, vice president, DevOps, Asia Pacific & Japan, CA Technologies | May 4, 2016
Richard Gerdis of CA Technologies talks about the benefits of engaging a collaborative approach for DevOps.

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 respondents who have implemented DevOps in APJ have a well-defined DevOps strategy and objectives. Also, with 44 percent of practitioners in the region still working on security and compliance, most DevOps activity is still not well supported from an enabling platform and risk management perspective.

Furthermore, while 87 percent considered business stakeholder education to be important, and 85 percent recognized the importance of aligning IT and business priorities, only 31 percent of adopters in APJ had completed these steps.

Successfully fostering teamwork perhaps remains a large barrier to DevOps success, as 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.

Leveraging DevOps for a Successful Tomorrow
Of course, it will take more than mutual back-slapping and collaboration high-fives to drive DevOps success. We also need our senior management to lead - those who can drive tough cultural change initiatives. There is a big need for these leaders, folks who can align an organization around shared goals, getting everyone-from business analysts to operations engineers to fall in love with business problems-and then work collectively to solve them.

This move will ensure that the generative culture and continuous improvement so closely associated with DevOps always remain firmly in sight and can never be distorted.


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