When the pattern of interest in DevOps at Australian organizations is compared with Gartner’s Hype Cycle, a graphical representation of the life cycle stages a technology goes through from conception to maturity and widespread adoption, it’s impossible not to notice how similar they are.
Following the global financial crisis of 2008, organizations around the world were forced to adapt by becoming leaner in order to survive. Digital transformation was the buzzword of the era, and the interest in DevOps, a software engineering culture and practice that aims at unifying software development and software operation, was at its peak.
In Australia, however, the initial high interest quickly flattened out as many organizations struggled to translate their digital transformation aspirations into action. In 2014, a global study of 1442 senior IT and business executives commissioned by CA Technologies revealed that Australian organizations were lagging behind the global average in terms of implementing measures to achieve successful DevOps strategies, with only 33 percent of respondents claiming they had achieved their goals.
“While 47 percent of Australian organizations are trying to implement DevOps, this research indicates they have a long way to go if they are to realize the full potential DevOps has to offer. There are no ‘magic bullets’ and you cannot ‘buy’ DevOps capability. Success is dependent on having all necessary pieces of the puzzles in place,” said CA Technologies vice-president of DevOps solutions strategy, Ashok Vasan, at the time.
A recent study of 1,850 senior managers at large organizations commissioned by cloud computing company ServiceNow reveals that slightly more Australian IT managers reported they were involved in DevOps than the global average, 96 percent compared with 94 percent globally. The rise of DevOps was a major factor driving the move to a cloud-first approach, and, when global consultancy Contino investigated how organizations in Australia are approaching their 2018 digital strategies for its The State of Digital Transformation in Australia report, 83 of respondents said they would use public cloud to support their projects in 2018.
“For years we’ve talked about an enterprise shift from traditional data center computing to cloud computing and this research confirms that business reality has caught up. Looking forward, cloud-first consumption will continue to accelerate at a break-neck speed with Australian organizations leading the way globally,” said David Oakley, Vice President and Managing Director at ServiceNow.
When Contino asked Australian organizations what technology innovations would most impact the Australian market over the course of 2018, the most common answers were big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. More than a third of respondents said IoT (Internet of Things) would be part of their 2018 strategy, and it will be interesting to see how the marriage of IoT and DevOps pans out because many organizations are still new to DevOps, and they don’t understand its connection to IoT.