What is DevOps?
At its core, DevOps aids in coupling a tighter alignment between business and IT Operations. It is a vital practice for any business struggling to achieve faster delivery in an environment that demands frequent scope changes with higher efficiency, and uncompromised quality. Typically, majority of projects and initiatives are plagued with release failures and last minute bug fixes prior to go-live dates. DevOps can support IT programs in overcoming these hurdles. It facilitates better coordination among operations, development and testing functions by automating and streamlining the integration & deployment processes.
DevOps Cost Perspective
DevOps is often described in terms of collaboration between the development and operations teams. However, it also has a major contribution in cutting costs.
Research states that:
- More than half of the people who have adopted DevOps practices experienced faster delivery of new features and 46% reported a more stable operating environment.
- Simultaneously, innovation increased while IT costs decreased for 43% and 32% of DevOps users, respectively.
- 59% of the organizations that currently use DevOps realized the cost-effectiveness of this practice.
- DevOps drives better productivity from less staff, thereby curtailing the expenditure on development and operations personnel.
- This continuous delivery model enhances the process or product quality, thereby resulting in less application / infrastructure / production failures and subsequent cost reduction.
As evident from the above details, DevOps is capable of reducing time-to-market of new and enhancing capabilities while ensuring high quality and financial benefits from both revenue increase and cost savings. The State of DevOps Survey highlights two major ways in which DevOps is most likely to contribute better cost savings.