The majority (around 88%) of DevOps users have participated in some form of digital transformation exercise or project in recent years. That demonstrates just how important transformations are in this sector.
Moreover, these transformations are happening right across the board. CHEF conferences and workshops are becoming more and more careful about providing beginners classes to get new developers and coders into using recipes and eventually creating their own cookbooks.
Now is the time for sustained transformation effortsDev0ps has now substantially matured as a discipline, and as such there are plenty of data to analyse. This analysis can guide us in deciding how to transform our operations. True transformation, it may be argued, was not possible until now as we did not have access to the abundance of relevant data that we needed.
Skewed perceptions of the need for transformation
A recent webinar entitled "Digital Transformation and the Competitive Edge" found that developers and employees in IT companies are likely to have an overly positive view of their company's performance.
Whether this due to unawareness of the true possibilities for transformation that are out there, or some other factor, is not clear. Nevertheless, this webinar demonstrated that when they are informed about the ways in which Dev0ps can transform their business, employees' initial ratings of their business as 'High' performing sunk rapidly to 'Medium' or 'Low'.
At the start of the webinar, before relevant data was presented, around half of the participants ranked their company as either 'High' or 'Medium'. Once they were in possession of more data, however, none of the participants ranked their company as 'High'.
How is transformation defined in the digital sphere?
Transformation in the digital world is primarily about speed and efficiency. A company's operations can be said to have transformed when their software ships much more quickly than before. However, it is also about quality and risk management.
A transformation is only worthwhile if it makes the quality of your business operations better than previously. Additionally, and especially in the initial periods of transformation, companies will likely experience moments of disruption. This could take the form of physical downtime or it could be more of an ideological shift, where employees are getting to grips with a new system or attempting to wrangle with a particularly complicated recipe in a custom made CHEF cookbook.
Such periods of disruption should be looked upon as fruitful opportunities rather than setbacks in the life of your business. As every creatively minded developer knows, challenging moments are the moments where a company has most opportunity to grow.
Gathering data has been our strength so far, and so we should not stop this process now. Just our transformations rest on the vast amounts of data that we have gathered, so we should record and analyse data about these transformations themselves.
This process of quantification will help us to see just how well our transformations are progressing, and also to identify the effects that they have been having on our company's business operations.
Executives and other management personnel may even be wise to employ a separate person or team to focus on the quantification of data in this way.
Transforming through CHEF
Cookbooks and recipes have totally transformed the DevOps world - and in a positive way. 2017 looks likely to be a year in which more and more companies focus their efforts on effecting transformations in the digital sphere and exploring all of the possibilities that Dev0ps has to offer.
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