Product Development Is the Lynchpin Between Digital Transformation and DevOps

Product Development Is the Lynchpin Between Digital Transformation and DevOps
April 21, 2017 LawrenceHecht

Originally published in The New Stack Update.

Digital Transformation and DevOps are overused buzzwords. Yuck. But that doesn’t mean you should use them. In fact, they should be used together because are directly related to product development. DevOps Research and Assessment’s (DORA) ongoing research with Puppet Labs says that some of the most statistically significant benefits of DevOps relate to factors association with lean product management. This conclusion is supported by a survey of IT decision-makers conducted by 451 Research on behalf of Microsoft earlier this year. At 72 percent, product development and R&D are by far the most likely business processes affected by digital transformation projects. Product development is for both existing and new products. Looking at both completed, current and planned digital transformation projects, 46 percent said the project’s primary purpose was to grow their existing business, 28 percent identified entering new markets or developing new products/services. Only 24 percent point to optimization of business operations as the main reason behind their digital transformation initiative. So, the next time you are debating the value of DevOps, remember to tell everyone that its ability to shorten product development lifecycles is key to the CEO’s digital transformation.

Also published on Medium.

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