No, not you. You. Executives aren’t nearly as giddy over DevOps as those in the trenches, and the answer may be found in one of these three key concerns.
High-performing organizations have not just adopted, but embraced, DevOps. Puppet Labs’ seminal State of DevOps report has shown us this for the last two years, and I imagine it will once again reinforce that relationship in the coming year. Organizations are, according to a number of industry surveys and studies, adopting DevOps. But just as they adopting agile, lean app development methodologies in the past, adopting doesn’t always mean what we think it means. It turned out that what organizations really mean by “adopting agile” for app dev was that a relatively minor percentage of their projects were using agile. It did not mean that they’d gone whole hog and taken the polar plunge by embracing it for every project.
The same seems to be true for DevOps, where respondents are adopting with enthusiasm – and realizing results – but executives on the whole seem to still be lukewarm to the approach, rising only two percentage points in “strategic impact” year over year – from 15% in 2016 to 17% in 2017 according to our State of Application Delivery survey. While cloud architects and self-identified “DevOps” roles might be full bore with their DevOps initiative, and even over the wall in production, executives are still lagging behind in embracing the approach. Which really means that “organizations” are not necessarily all-in (embracing) DevOps.
There are three key concerns that are likely responsible for holding back IT and business leadership from giving DevOps the truly warm welcome it deserves.
There are other concerns, of course, but primarily these three key concerns resound throughout data centers and across time when it comes to technology and methodology adoption. It takes time, it can be disruptive, and there’s a very good chance of lock-in. Due diligence, and a thoughtful approach to implementation, along with an invest now, benefit later attitude can ease those concerns and engender a better chance at successfully laying a firm but flexible foundation that not only enables but accelerates the digital transformation necessary for business to grow now and in the future.