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8 Business Benefits of Adopting DevOps

Embracing DevOps approaches can help organizations improve agility, increase revenues, lower costs, and become more competitive.
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Many of the arguments in favor of adopting DevOps approaches focus on the benefits that the IT department can experience as a result. But a recent study found that DevOps can have a much bigger impact.

CA Technologies and Coleman Parks Research have published a report titled “Accelerating Velocity and Customer Value,” which analyzed the effect of DevOps on key metrics that business leaders use to track their organizations' success overall. Based on a survey of 1,770 senior business and IT executives worldwide, the study identified eight key business benefits that organizations experienced after adopting DevOps practices.

For the purposes of the study, DevOps was defined as "The culture, practices, and automation needed to facilitate closer collaboration among development and other IT-related functions to ensure faster delivery of high-quality software." Historically, the DevOps movement arose out of a desire to apply the principles of agile software development to IT operations. DevOps typically involves practices like continuous integration and continuous delivery, automated testing, proactive monitoring, automated configuration management, and agile development.

Most of those surveyed — more than four out of five — said that their companies were using DevOps on at least a limited basis. In addition, 81% of those surveyed said they believe that agile and DevOps are critical to successful business transformation.

The eight benefits highlighted in this slideshow are a key part of the reason why so many IT and business leaders are getting on board with DevOps.

Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio

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