DevOps Drives the Move to a Cloud-First World

By Eileen McCooey
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    DevOps Drives the Move to a Cloud-First World

    DevOps Drives the Move to a Cloud-First World

    With the majority of enterprises opting for a cloud-first strategy, IT must adapt to a new role as a broker of cloud services, and DevOps is fueling this shift.

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.

This article was originally published on 2016-12-07
Eileen McCooey, a New York-based consultant and Baseline contributor, has extensive experience covering a wide range of business and consumer topics, including digital technologies and consumer electronics of all kinds.
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