Digital Transformation Highlights Need for DevOps

Digital transformation and cloud migration are on the To-Do lists of business leaders worldwide. It’s also important for them to recognize the ever-present need to adopt DevOps.

Development and Operations, or DevOps, is a relatively new-ish concept in the world of technology. Combining development with traditional tech operations helps streamline business on a number of levels. With so many businesses undergoing digital transformation, or at least discussing the prospect, it is more important than ever for businesses to adopt not just DevOps teams, but DevSecOps teams as well. 

We’ve talked about the benefits of having DevOps in your business, the most common mistakes when adopting DevOps and how it makes your business efficient. When you add in the security piece, now you’re not only streamlining business and making it more efficient, but you’re also securing things along the way. We’ve always said how security needs to be reviewed and that it cannot be put off until later, and this is one of the ways that businesses can ensure security is part of developing new products and features.

Now you’re probably asking, “Okay, you’ve told us all of this before. What’s different now?” The difference is in a recent report published by CloudHealth by VMWare. The report, titled How 2020 Changed The Way We Use The Cloud, looked at spending data from almost 500 organizations worldwide. The data was collected over a five-month period, and suggests that more businesses are utilizing cloud-native technologies. They are being used to develop new applications as well as to make it easier to move legacy applications to the cloud.

Based on other spending trends outlined in the report, CloudHealth by VMWare CTO Joe Kinsella says the report shows that IT environments are diversifying at a faster rate, which is creating complexities that IT organizations are struggling to manage. Because internal IT teams continue to manage on-premise IT environments while other lines of business move farther into the cloud, managing both IT environments is increasingly difficult. Kinsella also says that this may go on for years before the two environments merge into one.

Internal teams will continue to struggle to keep pace with the rest of the business, which is why DevOps must be utilized across all lines of business. Those practices must be used consistently, in the same manner and with the same processes in each department. Standards are important, consistency is important. Each department should operate at the same level as the rest. 

Developers tend to use cloud-based tools and processes in their work as a preference, it’s a space they’ve become accustomed to. Which is why business will continue to trend in more cloud-based solutions than toward internal IT teams. That is not to say those internal teams aren’t needed, more that they will have to learn how to operate inside the cloud. But this is also where security comes into play because public cloud services must be properly configured. 

Based on this report and the evidence supporting the trends of digital transformation and cloud utilization, if you haven’t already adopted DevSecOps in some fashion, your business is rapidly falling behind. If you’ve already adopted DevOps, it’s time to throw the security piece into it for full adoption and protection. Even small, locally owned shops and businesses are undergoing digital transformation in order to stay competitive. If you haven’t started the process, now is the time. Bring in an expert to ensure proper, efficient and effective transitions.

About the Author

Pieter VanIperen, Managing Partner of PWV Consultants, leads a boutique group of industry leaders and influencers from the digital tech, security and design industries that acts as trusted technical partners for many Fortune 500 companies, high-visibility startups, universities, defense agencies, and NGOs. He is a 20-year software engineering veteran, who founded or co-founder several companies. He acts as a trusted advisor and mentor to numerous early stage startups, and has held the titles of software and software security executive, consultant and professor. His expert consulting and advisory work spans several industries in finance, media, medical tech, and defense contracting. Has also authored the highly influential precursor HAZL (jADE) programming language.

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