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TRANSFORM: DevOps

Our TRANSFORM program is intended as the core resource for driving business transformation through enterprise cloud computing, and in this section we explore the benefits specifically for ‘Agile DevOps’.

In their white paper ‘State of DevOps report Puppet Labs introduce the broad aspects of DevOps, such as the organizational and personnel aspects, and how they can be improved through the right tools that encourage ‘high performance’ workflow patterns.

In particular this is headlined by ‘Continuous Integration’ and ‘Continuous Deployment’, the much faster software development and deployment cycles that DevOps focuses on, to achieve the higher throughput rates with fewer code failures.

From research they conducted with the IT Process Institute, they benchmarked over 1,500 IT organizations and concluded that high-performing IT organizations were on average:

  • 5-7x times more productive than their non-high performing peers.
  • They were making 14x more changes, with one-half the change failure rate with 4x higher first fix rates, and 10x shorter Severity 1 outages times.
  • They had 4x fewer repeat audit findings,
  • they were 5x more likely to detect breaches by an automated internal control, and
  • had 8x better project due date performance!

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Our TRANSFORM program utilizes the Robert Gold maturity model for enterprise transformation, where most notably in the Agility section Gold describes:

“Methods are applied to reduce development cycle time”.

We can see therefore that for transformation planning purposes, this is the high level goal to state, and the report findings above provide a series of example points that can be used as specific deliverables to be achieved.

 

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