DevOps Holds Potential for Federal IT, but Roadblocks Remain
The MeriTalk report indicated that many agencies, though gaining some momentum with cloud migration, are finding it difficult to fully shift gears.Approximately two-thirds of federal IT workers say development operations (DevOps) will help agencies shift into the cloud fast lane, improving IT collaboration and migration speed, according to a MeriTalk survey of 152 federal IT managers familiar with their agency’s cloud adoption. DevOps is a software development and IT management model that integrates software engineering, quality assurance, and IT operations teams to collaboratively manage the full application lifecycle. However, help is needed, with 66 percent of respondents saying that their agency needs to move IT services to the cloud faster to meet mission and constituent needs. While DevOps is a growing focus in the private sector, just 22 percent of federal IT managers are very familiar with it. In addition, four out of five IT managers (78 percent) said they believe their IT department needs to improve collaboration to enable a more streamlined move to the cloud.
Based on the survey results, just one in 10 federal IT managers would describe the collaboration between software and applications developers and systems administrators as highly collaborative. They cite with a lack of understanding and shared vision as key roadblocks. To fully implement a model like DevOps, Feds say agencies should train current personnel (55 percent); establish a new vision for the future (41 percent), and incentivize a change in culture (40 percent).