Singapore enterprises turn increasingly to DevOps: CA survey
By Digital News Asia February 26, 2015
- DevOps methodology fosters collaboration between developer and ops teams
- 81% of Singapore respondents already have or expect to adopt DevOps
A NEW study by CA Technologies titled, DevOps: The Worst-Kept Secret to Winning in the Application Economy reveals that DevOps is seeing steady growth and delivering tangible business value for Singapore enterprises in the application economy.
According to the study, 81% of Singapore organisations already have or plan to adopt a DevOps strategy, CA Technologies said in a statement.
This 22-point increase from last year’s figure of 59% points towards the trend of more Singapore businesses turning to DevOps in response to the demands they are facing in today’s application economy.
Some of the key drivers for DevOps include the need to improve quality and performance of the applications (35%), the increasing use of mobile devices (33%), and a greater need for simultaneous deployment across different platforms (31%).
DevOps is a methodology which helps foster collaboration between the teams that create and test applications (Dev) with those that maintain them in production environments (Ops).
About 650 senior IT and business leaders from six Asia Pacific countries – Australia, China, India, Japan, Singapore and South Korea – participated in the global survey conducted by Vanson Bourne, CA Technologies said.
According to the study, up to 85% of Singapore respondents who have already deployed or are planning to deploy DevOps report that they have either seen or are anticipating to see various quantifiable business benefits from their DevOps efforts.
These benefits include the ability to reduce time spent fixing and maintaining applications (cited by 85% of respondents), increased collaboration between departments (84%), and availability across more platforms (84%).
“Singapore enterprises are faced with increased pressures in today’s application economy to attract customers in an always-on, always engaging manner,” said Chua I-Pin (pic), vice president, Asia South, CA Technologies.
“Despite these mounting challenges, we see encouraging signs that Singapore businesses are moving in the right direction with some even starting to reap tangible business benefits from their DevOps implementation,” he added.
While the majority of Singapore enterprises are no longer questioning the need for DevOps, some still report various obstacles to implementing DevOps, including the difficulty in justifying its implementation from an ROI (return on investment) standpoint (34%), organisational complexity (27%), and alignment of roles and responsibilities across development and operations (26%).
To address these obstacles, and as part of their implementation of a DevOps methodology, Singapore enterprises are expected to make several savvy investments over the next year, including investing in more training (66%), redesigning processes (66%) and hiring new resources with the necessary skills (66%).
Furthermore, in a new observation that did not feature in previous years’ studies, 31% of Singapore respondents revealed that they will be investing in a consulting firm with a DevOps practice to assist them with their implementation, underscoring the pressure businesses are facing to deliver better software faster than ever before.
Other key Singapore findings include:
42% of respondents indicate release automation to be the most critical tool to enabling DevOps, followed by Functional Testing (40%) and Application Development Lifecycle (38%). These are some of the highest figures in the Asia Pacific region.
- 40% of respondents have seen an improvement in new software and services that would otherwise not be possible or explored, as well as a reduction in time spent fixing and maintaining applications (34%).
- To measure the success of their DevOps implementation, 43% of Singapore enterprises look primarily at external business factors such as increased revenue, faster time-to-market, and improved competitive positioning; and
- On the other hand, 40% measures success by looking primarily at internal factors such as lower costs, fewer application defects, improved application performance, and better collaboration across departments.
This was part of a global survey involving nine other countries in the Americas, and EMEA (Europe/ Middle East/ Africa). Click here to download the whitepaper and learn more about the study.
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