Thursday, 30 October 2014 16:00

Australian businesses benefiting from DevOps: survey


Medium to large businesses in Australia have a high awareness of DevOps practices, and are gaining benefits from adopting the approach.

The idea behind DevOps is that closer links between development and operations can result in higher-quality software being delivered more quickly.

Cloud provider Rackspace surveyed IT decision makers at businesses with at least 250 employees in the US (350 respondents), UK (250) and Australia (100).

50% of Australian respondents said their company had already implemented DevOps, with another 36% saying they planned to do so. 72% of businesses without a current DevOps strategy plan to implement one by the end of 2017.

The most common goals associated with the introduction of DevOps were increased business efficiency (81%), increased customer satisfaction (61%), increased value to the business through new capabilities (61%), increased customer conversion or satisfaction (54%), increased customer engagement (50%), and reduced IT infrastructure spend (48%).

Despite this divide in managing the initial stages of DevOps, the research found that Australia is ahead of other locations when it comes to integrated practices. More than half (56 per cent) of Australian businesses with a DevOps strategy said they have fully integrated the development team with the operations team, compared to 53 per cent in the US and just 36 per cent in the UK.

In Australia, DevOps is being driven largely by the IT operations team or the CIO (70%), with the development team or CTO taking the lead at 24% of companies.

"What we're seeing is that once businesses understand what DevOps entails, there is a realisation that taking a synchronised approach within the operations and development teams can transform a business' approach to IT," said Rackspace ANZ director and general manager Angus Dorney.

"Businesses are streamlining, standardising and automating processes to increase innovation and efficiency, which makes them more profitable and able to focus on the business objectives, rather than the processes."

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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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