More than half of Australian enterprises are expected to make multiple investments over the next year to implement a DevOps strategy, according to new research.
Fifty-eight per cent of the 100 senior IT executives responding to a study – completed by Vanson Bourne on behalf of CA Technologies – said they would invest in adjusting the processes and structures to accommodate demand in the application economy.
The same number were training new people with the right skills, while 55 per cent said they would work with new partners with DevOps expertise or practice.
DevOps is a concept aimed at improving interaction between app developers and IT operations staff.
CA’s findings support Gartner’s recent assertion that DevOps would evolve from being a niche strategy to a mainstream practice implemented by 25 per cent of Global 2000 firms.
The researcher expected the market for DevOps tools to reach $2.3 billion in 2015, up 21.1 per cent from $1.9 billion in 2014.
More than 30 per cent of respondents to the Vanson Bourne research said that they recognise the need to improve the quality and performance of applications is driving the push to create a DevOps strategy.
Most respondents said DevOps helps them reduce time spent fixing and maintaining applications, makes software available across more platforms, and helps increase the number of customers using software services.
“DevOps is a critical methodology for organisations in today’s application economy,” said Jason Pope, director, pre-sales, CA Technologies Australia and New Zealand.
“It is encouraging to see the majority of Australian business taking heed and reaping tangible business benefits,” he said.
In November last year, Dick Smith’s IT chief, Paul Keen, said DevOps is an uphill battle for an IT team but one that is ultimately worth it.
“It’s a really painful journey, it’s a thing you get a little bit better at each time,” said he at the time.
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