Continuous delivery tops IT execs’ priority list

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Continuous Delivery EMA study DevOpsInnovation is undoubtedly all around us, from advancements in AI to quantum computing. Who wouldn’t want to capitalize on the value of digital transformation?

But what’s truly driving these big moves? It’s due in no small part to the ability of IT organizations to speed software delivery.

Enterprise Management Associates’ latest research report, derived from a survey of 600 executives conducted in October 2015, lists best practices for DevOps and continuous delivery at high-performing companies. It likewise evaluates the role of automation and release management tools in promoting digital transformation.

According to the report, businesses are indeed making the connection between accelerated delivery of software services and business growth. In fact, they are overwhelmingly making “automation of the continuous delivery process” their top technology-related initiative for supporting digital transformation this year.

This sentiment bodes well for automated release management solutions such as IBM UrbanCode Deploy, which helps companies reduce — if not completely eliminate — the potential pitfalls typically associated with the software deployment process.

Not just IT’s problem

As the momentum of innovation ramps up, IT and departments focused on business transformation are increasingly reliant on DevOps and continuous delivery.

What may be surprising is that the drivers for continuous delivery are not purely an IT problem to solve. In many cases, they are business and consumer-related, according to EMA, which has been spearheading research on these topics over the past two years.

Companies that have been able to accelerate software speed by 10 percent are more likely to double their revenue growth than companies who aren’t focused on delivery frequency, EMA Research Director Julie Craig points out in this summary video:

Craig points out:

If you aren’t able to deliver software faster, then your competition is going to continue to outpace you in terms of growth. It’s when you get automation in place that you can seamlessly deliver software releases in a way that supports speed at scale, and both speed and scale support quality.

More key findings

  • Ninety-seven percent of respondents have DevOps teams within their companies with dedicated personnel, 60 percent of whom are considered dedicated employees.
  • Companies in which DevOps interactions were rated as excellent or above average were 11.5 times more likely to have double-digit revenue growth than those who rated these interactions as average or poor.
  • Production troubleshooting was the biggest bottleneck to accelerating continuous delivery.

Download the 17-page report summary, “Automating for Digital Transformation: Tools-Driven DevOps and Continuous Software Delivery in the Enterprise.”


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