Majority of Asia Pacific & Japan Enterprises with a DevOps Strategy Report Positive, Quantifiable Business Results

CA-Technologies-logoBangalore, India, January 29, 2015: A new study released today by CA Technologies titled, “DevOps: The Worst-Kept Secret to Winning in the Application Economy” reveals that 82% of enterprises in Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) already have or plan to adopt a DevOps strategy, a 12 point increase from last year’s figure of 70%.

DevOps is a methodology which helps foster collaboration between the teams that create and test applications (Dev) with those that maintain them in production environments (Ops). Vanson Bourne conducted the survey with 1,425 senior IT and business leaders worldwide, including 650 respondents from six APJ countries: Australia, China, India, Japan, Singapore and South Korea.

According to the study, 78% to 90% of respondents, who have already deployed or are planning to deploy DevOps, report that they have either seen or expect to see business benefits from their DevOps efforts.

These benefits include the ability to expand software availability across more platforms (cited by 90% of respondents), increased collaboration between departments (88%), a reduction in time spent fixing and maintaining applications (88%), an increase in the number of customers (87%) and revenue (78%).

“DevOps is as a critical methodology for organizations in today’s application economy. It is encouraging to see the majority of APJ businesses taking heed and reaping tangible business benefits,” said Ashok Vasan, vice president, application delivery, Asia Pacific & Japan, CA Technologies.

“If you look at the results of the previous survey CA Technologies announced about the application economy, you will find another interesting fact: 43% of the “leaders” in the application economy in APJ have adopted DevOps, far ahead of the “laggards[1]”, among whom the corresponding rate is only 4%;

While the majority of APJ business and IT leaders are no longer questioning the need for DevOps, some still report various obstacles to implementing DevOps, including organizational complexity (31%) and the difficulty in justifying its implementation from an ROI standpoint (28%).

To overcome these challenges, and as part of their implementation of a DevOps methodology, APJ enterprises are expected to make several savvy investments over the next year, including more training for development and operations personnel (64%) and redesigning processes to drive DevOps approach (59%).

Furthermore, 59% of respondents revealed that they will be investing in a consulting firm with a DevOps practice to assist them with their implementation. This underscores the pressure businesses are feeling to deliver better software faster than ever before.

Other key APJ findings include:

  • To measure the success of their DevOps implementation, 48% of APJ enterprises looks primarily at external business factors such as increased revenue, faster time-to-market, and improved competitive positioning. On the other hand, 42% measures success by looking primarily at internal factors such as lower costs, fewer application defects, improved application performance, and better collaboration across departments. But the leaders of the application economy are tending to use external factors, with a rate of 68%, compared to 28% among the laggards.
    • 39% of respondents cite the need to improve the quality and performance of their applications as a key driver in the adoption of DevOps. This is followed by:
      • Pressures to release applications more quickly to meet customer demand or enter new markets (32%);
      • The need to improve end user experience (32%); and
      • A greater need for simultaneous deployment across different platforms (28%). 
  • In APJ, 30% of enterprises in the Telecoms industry have already adopted DevOps, while 49% aim to do so within the next two years. This is the highest figure in the region and globally. 
  • 45% of respondents indicate Performance Testing to be the most critical tool for enabling DevOps, followed by Application Performance Monitoring (39%) and Functional Testing (34%). 

Survey Methodology

Vanson Bourne conducted the CA Technologies-sponsored study of 1,425 senior IT and line-of-business executives at enterprise organizations with revenues of $500 million or more in financial services, healthcare, retail, telecommunications and media/entertainment industries. The study was conducted in 13 countries around the world, including United States, Canada, Brazil, U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Australia, China, India and Japan.

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