You’ve heard the usual arguments for why practicing DevOps is good for your IT department – faster time to market and increased innovation are just two. A recent Rackspace-sponsored survey shows that DevOps can deliver business benefits, too, such as an increase in sales and customer conversions. The infographic below highlights just some of the survey’s data, including these wider – and measurable – business benefits tied to DevOps tactics.
At its core, DevOps is about understanding the end-to-end process of delivering business value and ensuring development and operations are working together to deliver solid business outcomes and optimise this cycle, reducing time to market. It’s a tearing down of silos that will encourage innovation and collaboration to open up new opportunities for businesses looking to find an edge in an aggressive Internet centric market. And according to our recent survey, organizations around the globe are finding real value and real business benefits by adopting DevOps practices.
A lot of companies and startups view DevOps as an option for the future. At Zipline Labs, however, we took an unconventional approach to DevOps. We’ve leveraged Rackspace DevOps Automation Service from our inception. We know that a company without a clear vision is a company without a future; and we see our technology as the loudest voice of our vision. Your technology can’t speak on a second-rate platform. We didn’t want to wait and then have to migrate all of our previous work, including any mistakes we made, to a new platform. Instead, we chose to speed development and deployments across our dev, demo, staging and production environments.
Appboy makes a marketing automation platform for mobile apps and it works with some of the largest brands in app stores, such as Shape Magazine, Urban Outfitters and many more. The problem Appboy solves for its customers is app abandonment, or app engagement – keeping users engaged and coming back to apps.
Among the presentations this week at Rackspace::Solve New York, one clear theme emerged: the power of collaboration. More than 300 attendees, including business leaders and developers from dozens of companies, spent a day in lower Manhattan sharing strategies for solving some of the toughest challenges in IT and technology.
The globe was gripped with World Cup fever this past summer. But more impressive to me was the monumental shift in the talent and performance of the US National Team. Since we hosted the World Cup in 1994, our team has matured from a ragtag group to one that can compete against top talent. There are three main drivers for this change: an inspiring leader, players in the right network and performance measurement.
Last year, Rackspace noticed a shift in the market – a growing demand from customers for the ability to continuously deploy and efficiently expand their applications to keep up with their fast-growing business. In December 2013, we answered this call by launching the DevOps Automation Service, the industry’s first “DevOps-as-a-Service” offering.
Teamwork may seem like a given in many tech companies. After all, one department relies on another to build or deploy the software being delivered. Yet when strict boundaries exist between departments, such as those dividing Development and Operations, this teamwork is more like handing off a baton in a relay than legitimate collaboration. Any effort to become more agile will be difficult, if not impossible, when those boundaries remain in place.