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EMA explore how DevOps is redefining application delivery in the enterprise for faster, lower risk digital transformation
By: Automic Blog
Mar. 19, 2016 12:00 PM
Five Factors for Continuous Delivery Success
Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) has recently published fascinating new research into release automation and its impact on Continuous Delivery. The study reveals that over 80% of organizations are already engaged in digital transformation initiatives, with the top focus being on improved speed of delivery, improved quality of services and tighter business/IT alignment.
The top technology-related digital transformation initiative is Continuous Delivery automation: accelerating the roll-out of new services so the organization is more lean, agile and innovative.
However, IT organizations report challenges in delivering this digital transformation. According to EMA, the primary barrier is organizational silos that make it difficult to cross-functionally execute transformation initiatives. This helps explains why DevOps has become such a popular methodology: working across silos, IT teams can support the technology and the application more efficiently. That support leads to faster, lower risk digital transformation.
DevOps grows revenue
The bottom line? Companies that excel at DevOps interactions are 11 times more likely to see double-digit annual revenue growth. It doesn't stop at revenue growth either. According to EMA, 49% of organizations also agree that accelerated delivery frequency leads to higher customer satisfaction. And 35% find it enables them to be more agile and competitive.
Automating DevOps and Continuous Delivery
Organizations are waking up to the value of automation. Asked which area they would most likely invest in within the next 12 months, 35% would invest in ‘deployment/release automation supporting continuous delivery'. This makes sense: automation can help ensure Continuous Delivery processes are reliable and safe, time after time. It enables organizations to control what is deployed where, by whom and when. And it cuts the lead time needed to push changes into production.
Five key success factors for Continuous Delivery
1. Executive buy-in.
2. Recognition that DevOps benefits the business, it's not just an ‘IT thing'.
3. Adopt well-defined, governed and enforced organizational processes.
4. Be willing to replace silo processes with cross-functional processes and silo tools planning with cross-functional planning.
5. Aim for automation across the development lifecycle.
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