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Greasing the skids for DevOps planning in 2017

Article Written by Shashi Kiran, Quali

Several practices of webscale companies are now penetrating mainstream enterprise organizations. The practice of DevOps is perhaps one of the most important. Driven by the adoption of cloud and modernization of application architectures, DevOps practices are fast gaining ground in companies that are interested in moving fast - with software eating everything -  between "write code and throw it across the wall" to creating more pragmatic mechanisms that induce and maintain operational rigor. The intent behind DevOps (and DevSecOps) is quite noble and excellent in theory.

Where it breaks down is in practice. Greenfield deployments remain innocent. Starting out with a clean slate is always relatively easy. Preserving or integrating legacy in brownfield environments is where it becomes both challenging and interesting. For the next several years that's where the action is.

Enterprises that have invested in technology over the past few decades suddenly find that they can now actually create tremendous legacy inertia to move forward. So, while many have adopted DevOps practices, it has begun in pockets across the organization.

Being focused on the area of Cloud and DevOps Automation, over the last two years Quali has conducted an annual survey that captures the trends at a high level from different vantage points.

A survey fielded among 2,000 IT industry executives both online and during events such as VMWorld, Delivery of Things, Cisco Live, DevOps Summit, AWS re:Invent and Jenkins World provided several insights.  Many of these were consistent with our customers experiences during the course of our business. Other insights continue to surprise us.  

It is remarkable that many enterprises continue to be dependent on infrastructure to make applications move faster. Infrastructure continues to be a bottleneck, particularly in on-premise environments. Software defined architectures and NFV have taken root, but the solutions are still scratching the surface. Adoption of automation, blueprinting and environments-as-a-service are happening and greasing the skids, but clearly these need to happen at a faster pace.

The survey also demonstrated some clear patterns on the top barriers inhibiting the rapid adoption of DevOps practices. The rankings were published in this infographic:

quali-infographic 

Organizations that are planning to accelerate their DevOps initiatives in 2017 should heed these barriers and set up a clear plan to overcome them.

So, how do you grease the skids for DevOps? We're sharing some of these insights and more in an upcoming webinar on March 22nd that will discuss these barriers in a greater amount of detail. You can register for the webinar here.

Finally, our 2017 DevOps and Cloud Survey is underway. Please consider answering the survey, if you do you may win a $100 Amazon gift card.

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About the Author

About Shashi Kiran:

Shashi Kiran joined Quali in June 2016 to serve as its Chief Marketing Officer and brings a wealth of marketing, technology and business experience in a career spanning 20+ years. Previously he was head of worldwide marketing at Cisco responsible for its multi-billion-dollar data center and cloud networking portfolio. He spearheaded the launch and scaling of key initiatives including Cisco ACI, Intercloud Fabric and aspects of UCS integrated infrastructure. During his nine-years he was marketing leader for its ~$14 billion switching portfolio, enterprise routing, WAN optimization and data center security - targeting a majority of the Fortune 500 and scaling to tens of thousands of global enterprise and service provider customers. Prior to Cisco he was a PLM leader at Shasta/ Nortel and startup Euclid (acquired by e4e). He began his marketing career at the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), a Dept. of Electronics initiative for HPCC solutions. Shashi was most recently the CMO at Appcito, a March Capital funded Silicon Valley startup till its acquisition by a publicly traded company. He is currently an advisor to the Fabric - an early stage Silicon Valley venture firm co-creating next-generation infrastructure startups. Shashi holds a Bachelors degree in Electronics Engineering and an MBA in marketing from India with executive education leadership stints at Harvard and Stanford Universities. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, avid blogger and an active CISSP professional. 

Published Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:01 AM by David Marshall
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