Technology Forecast: DevOps: Solving the engineering productivity challenge

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08/01/2013 by Center for technology and innovation
Technology Forecast: DevOps: Solving the engineering productivity challenge

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This issue of the Technology Forecast quarterly investigates how web-based companies maintain continuity amid continuous changes to production systems and explores what large enterprises can learn from them.

Large enterprises take too long to deliver infrastructure and application changes needed to support process changes. A major culprit is how IT manages change and the risks that system changes create for stable operations. IT reaches for stable operations by minimizing the frequency of code changes.

Contrast that approach with the continuous delivery capabilities of web-based companies. These cloud-native online services strive for continuity of operations by embracing change and seeking more and more improvement with the help of DevOps methods. Some introduce new code to their production systems many times a day. The outcomes for web-based companies are systems that are much better aligned to what the business needs today and more responsive to what the business needs tomorrow. What lessons are established enterprises learning from these cloud-native companies?