Embotics and Ponemon Institute released a study on the cost and impact of falling behind on the DevOps movement. This study surveyed over 600 IT leaders responsible for cloud management at their organization. It explores the gap between expectations of value from public cloud, DevOps, containers, and microservice and what their organizations can do today.
Lack of confidence in internal cloud ability
Public clouds can be difficult to manage internally, and this is clearly evidenced by this survey. 58% of respondents felt they were ineffective at managing the cost of using public cloud services. 67% of respondents didn’t feel confident in their ability to manage risks in the cloud.
The lack of confidence comes from a lot of different issues. This includes no visibility into the purpose or ownership of virtual machines in the cloud, lack of a single user interview to view the cloud environment, tracking digital and virtual assets, and more. Each of these issues was prevalent in 60% to 70% of respondents.
These issues aren’t as difficult to resolve as many organizations may think. Public clouds like AWS or Azure are so powerful when optimized properly, but this is difficult to accomplish without the help of outside companies like an MSP or a hybrid cloud management tool. Additionally, proper DevOps implementation can prevent many of these problems from becoming detrimental.
Where DevOps comes in
As difficult as it is for these organizations to manage their cloud, implementing DevOps seems to provide trouble as well. 74% of respondents recognized the importance of DevOps enablement capabilities, and 80% saw the importance of microservice or container-based application enablement capabilities. Where does this gap come from then? If 74% of respondents see the importance of DevOps, then why do most of the respondents feel ineffective at managing a public cloud?
Although the recognition is there, the respondents did not have the ability to deliver DevOps related services. Only 33% were able to quickly deliver DevOps enablement capabilities.
There could be a lot of explanations for this, but the research points to a “lack of resources and application complexity are barriers to the successful move to DevOps.” 53% of respondents said they lack resources and/ or skills to move to DevOps methodologies. This can be combatted with hiring a professional DevOps engineer or working with a managed service provider.
40% of respondents said that DevOps has made a positive impact on their organization. 25% said it has not made an impact or it has made a negative impact. The remaining respondents have not evaluated the impact of DevOps. Since less than half of respondents have an immediately positive review of DevOps, it’s important to evaluate what may be going wrong.
Solutions for DevOps and cloud management
74% of respondents recognized the importance of DevOps. Meanwhile, only 40% had a positive view of DevOps within their organization. This disparity is odd but it’s clear as to why, the tools, employees, and cloud management capabilities are not there.
Most respondents recognized that DevOps can improve delivering projects on schedule, keep projects within budget, and maintain service quality. The benefits of DevOps are apparent and staggering, but the resources need to be there for enterprises.
Managing a cloud along with implementing a DevOps IT culture can be difficult. Managed service providers and cloud managed platforms can help. CMP reduces the friction and complexity teams may find when using microservices, containers, and cloud-native apps. They can also help with provisioning, automation, workflow orchestration, and more.
Many people preach DevOps as being a culture change first, but tools, services, management, and consulting can make it a lot easier and more efficient.