DevOps Drives the Move to a Cloud-First World
Fulfilling predictions made 20 years ago, cloud computing has reached the tipping point, with the majority of enterprises now opting for a cloud-first strategy. Just over half of the 1,850 mid- to senior-level managers participating in "The 2016 Cloud Computing Tipping Point Survey," commissioned by ServiceNow, said they prefer to host new apps and services in the cloud rather than in a traditional data center. That number is expected to climb to three out of four within the next two years. The study reveals that DevOps is fueling the shift to a cloud-first world, uncovering data center bottlenecks that could be resolved with cloud computing. In a worrisome indication for IT, nearly nine out of 10 survey participants reported that their IT staff doesn't have the skills to help them make the shift to a cloud-first strategy. Just as many survey respondents feel the cloud could replace a formal IT department in some cases. That doesn't mean IT is irrelevant—far from it. Almost three-quarters of those surveyed said that a shift to the cloud actually increases IT's relevancy. However, to realize that, IT must evolve from a builder of computing infrastructure into a broker of cloud services—and deal with challenges such as achieving 360-degree visibility and predicting the cost of computing. "This presents a real opportunity for visionary IT organizations that can become strategic partners to the enterprise during this shift to cloud-first," said Dave Wright, chief strategy officer for ServiceNow. The study was conducted by ReRez Research of Dallas, which surveyed IT and DevOps managers and the line-of-business owners at enterprises in seven countries, including the United States.