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Organizations implementing a cloud strategy to support the future of work can face challenges in managing IT complexity, security risk, and operational efficiency. This blog will highlight the role of DevOps in managing cloud operations and its ability to bring development teams and other IT stakeholders together to deliver a higher-quality product faster, at a regular cadence, and in a collaborative manner.1
As organizations continue to adapt to remote work in a cloud environment, DevOps can play a major role in streamlining remote collaboration to facilitate agile development practices and provide application and infrastructure flexibility in today’s complex, uncertain, and competitive environment.2 According to a recent study, 74% of surveyed organizations expected an increase in DevOps budget in 2020 as they plan to automate processes to support seamless remote working environments.3 DevOps and cloud, when paired together, lead to significant IT transformations that directly affect business objectives and goals. As organizations think about how to use DevOps to support new ways of working, there are several key areas to consider.
DevOps strategies are enabling new ways of working
To sum up, DevOps can help firms achieve the necessary coordination, speed, and flexibility to operate their cloud development programs by breaking down silos, delivering automation, and encouraging collaboration, whether through agile development, automated testing, internal and intraorganizational ChatOps, or the operating model as a whole. Organizations that can take advantage of strong and evolving DevOps principles will have an advantage when implementing and evolving their cloud infrastructure programs and in factoring security as part of their operations for the future of work infrastructure.
Read the related research “The future of cloud-enabled work infrastructure,” including IT complexity around cloud migration, federated security, and DevOps, on Deloitte Insights.
1. Deloitte, Enterprise Agility and DevOps: Building blocks for delivery transformation, 2017.
2. Raj Singh, “Why DevOps Is Important During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” InterSystems, September 20, 2020.
3. Dan Garfield, “Survey Says: COVID-19 is Threatening On-prem Environments,” codefresh.io, August 18, 2020.
4. Netapp.com, “What is lift and shift?”
5. Deloitte, DevOps: Automated provisioning for your organization, 2016.
6. Kim Weins, “Cloud Computing Trends: 2020 State of the Cloud Report,” Flexera, May 21, 2020.
As the chief cloud strategy officer for Deloitte Consulting LLP, David is responsible for building innovative technologies that help clients operate more efficiently while delivering strategies that enable them to disrupt their markets. David is widely respected as a visionary in cloud computing—he was recently named the number one cloud influencer in a report by Apollo Research. For more than 20 years, he has inspired corporations and start-ups to innovate and use resources more productively. As the author of more than 13 books and 5,000 articles, David’s thought leadership has appeared in InfoWorld, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, NPR, Gigaom, and Lynda.com. Prior to joining Deloitte, David served as senior vice president at Cloud Technology Partners, where he grew the practice into a major force in the cloud computing market. Previously, he led Blue Mountain Labs, helping organizations find value in cloud and other emerging technologies. He is a graduate of George Mason University.
COVID-19 has created tectonic shifts in how and where we work. The ratio of full-time employees working remotely versus from the physical workplace has almost flipped in a matter of a few months—from merely 3 percent of employees working from home in January to more than 80 percent in May.