Three Prerequisites for Jumping on the DevOps Bandwagon

The recent article on by CollabNet’s Kartik Raghavan outlines three key prerequisites IT organizations should consider before embarking on its DevOps journey. The site offers a wide range of great content focused on DevOps, and how it is emerging as the new “Agile” for effective software delivery. Kartik rightfully points out that, 1) alignment around organizational commitment, 2) using automation with discipline, and 3) having the right tools and infrastructure, are key elements of success. He also points out how DevOps is not just a plug-and-play proposition, but a strategic commitment that takes fortitude and stamina to achieve.  Also on site is a comprehensive survey conducted by Puppet Labs, IT Revolution Press and ThoughtWorks called “2014 State of DevOps Report.” Good reading and I recommend it highly. (Also check out this video summary at:

Both Kartik’s article and the DevOps Survey Report provide great insight into the emerging world of DevOps.  What’s great about the survey report is that it breaks down the processes, methods and approaches that are proving effective in both smaller organizations and the enterprise. The four main themes that the survey revealed are: 1) Strong IT performance is a competitive advantage, 2) DevOps practices improve IT performance, 3) Organizational culture matters, and 4) Job satisfaction is the No. 1 predictor of organizational performance. With more than 9,200 respondents from 110 countries, the survey provides a global perspective. Interestingly, it reveals that larger organizations are taking the lead with DevOps, with 21.8 percent of respondents in the 500-to-9,999 employee range, and nearly 16 percent coming from 10,000-employee-or-larger organizations. Also of interest is 57 percent came from IT operations, and 33 percent coming from development departments. Outside of technology-focused organizations, education and financial services industries lead the way in DevOps adoption.   

These survey results are not surprising as it is the largest organizations that are hit by the need to create global standards for development and operations of applications across the greatest degrees of interconnected applications, distributed and varied software development approaches, and a myriad of deployment infrastructure inside and outside of the company.  As I look at CollabNet’s own customer segmentation, I see a similar profile of customers embarking on these enterprise DevOps initiatives, as well as themes consistent with those outlined in the survey.

Check out Kartik’s article and the DevOps survey for yourself at

Also be sure to read out how Deutsche Post achieved enterprise agility through DevOps.


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Bill Portelli

Bill Portelli is Chairman of the Board and cofounder of CollabNet. Bill has been a business innovator in open source, globally distributed software development and on-demand provisioning since the late '90s. Bill's background includes 30+ years of experience in creating businesses and driving startups to rapid growth through to successful IPO and acquisition, as well as executive staff leadership in billion dollar companies. He has consistently conceived of and led teams to deliver client-enabling IT strategies, products and services in both the hardware and software industries. In recognition of his accomplishments as a leader in global software development, Bill was honored at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, with the Technology Pioneer Award in 2010.

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