The current economic landscape has been a cause for concern across many industries and, as a result, businesses are looking for any and all ways to be more efficient and optimized.\n\nRocket Software recently conducted a survey of U.S.-based IT directors and vice presidents in companies with more than 1,000 employees and found that due to the economic landscape, 62% of IT leaders have a much greater focus on efficiency today than ever before. They\u2019re finding ways to work that maximize resources, including time, money, and manpower.\n\nAs IT leaders feel pressure from the C-Suite to be more efficient, as well as cut costs and optimize resources, respondents of the survey ranked faster DevOps processes, automated processes, and increasing overall output as the top three measures that would be most impactful to increasing efficiency.\n\nFaster DevOps processes\n\nDevOps tools increase efficiency by helping eliminate the siloes between the development and operations teams, empowering IT teams to evolve and improve products at a faster pace than those using traditional software development. DevOps helps with automating workflows, reducing errors, increasing productivity, and fulfilling compliance requirements\u2014all while meeting the needs of an organization\u2019s specific environment.\n\nFifty-eight percent of IT leaders from Rocket Software\u2019s survey consider DevOps to be a top priority. The benefits of DevOps include increased speed, improved collaboration, and the ability to scale with ease. Web and mobile developers typically follow agile practices, and many focus on continuous integration and delivery (CI\/CD). It is critical that DevOps supports these multiple ways of working to be the most efficient. \n\nAutomated processes \n\nThe goal when implementing automation into IT processes is to reduce the amount of human time spent on repetitive, manual tasks, and enable employees to focus on creative, strategic work that only humans can do. In Rocket Software\u2019s survey, 57% of respondents said automation is a top priority.\n\nEnterprises are often working with and storing vast amounts of data, so effective processes for accessing and handling this information are critical for overall efficiency. Automation can be used to help all members of a company, regardless of IT prowess, understand and leverage data with minimal effort and time. Incorporating automation reduces the workloads of IT professionals, improves data usability for C-Suite execs, and streamlines overall workflows across the organization. When asked where their greatest need for tools is to help modernize their IT infrastructure, 22% of respondents from Rocket Software\u2019s survey said automation with legacy applications, and 17% said workload automation and orchestration. \n\nIncrease overall outputs\n\nBy definition, increasing efficiency is about increasing overall output with the same resources. DevOps and automation are tools to get there. The ability to produce more within the same time and budget is an obvious indicator of increased efficiency. But in the current economic landscape, organizations need to think about what that output is and who it\u2019s going to\u2014such as customers.\n\nModernization tools allow enterprises to serve their customers with maximized efficiency and this competitive advantage contributes to client retention, as end users also value optimized use of their time and resources. This strategy of retention allows companies to best weather the economic uncertainty and emerge on the other side with minimal damage.\n\nWhile prioritizing maintaining existing customer relationships, 52% of IT leaders said they manage customer relationship management (CRM) systems on their mainframe. Hence, mainframe efficiency is crucial for the optimal customer relationships needed to retain business.\n\nIT leaders prioritize efficiency \n\nOrganizations need a competitive advantage. To do so, they need to prioritize efficiency, and the IT leaders surveyed agreed: 71% said increased efficiency is the number one measurement of success within IT organizations.\n\nLearn how Rocket Software helps IT organizations be more efficient by modernizing without disruption.