ROI of DevOps


“We’re not prepared to retool from “old IT” to “cloud IT” and DevOps.”
“I can’t find the budget to learn whole new domains of technical knowledge, new processes and approaches to solving problems.”

ROI Of DevOps

“I’m concerned about the ongoing costs of CI/CD.”

Sound familiar? As per the estimation, around half of enterprises are planning to initiate a continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) in the near future, but significantly fewer are making concrete steps towards it because of the scary leap from SysOps to DevOps. It doesn’t matter where we start, but we must start. There’s an old programming adage that goes “Make it work, make it right, make it fast.” All we have to do to start is step 1. — make it work. That’s plenty to bite off, it’s enough.

Even though it’s starting to sound like a hard sell, well… lets discuss the major benefits of DevOps.

It’s a solution to the slow, sequential approach. It unifies development with the release process and pulls all the participants into a closed loop of collaboration and cooperation.The pace of software releasing can pick up significantly.

The gift of speed: One-click Access to the Entire Application Lifecycle

Each and every project has its own unique way of working and it’s reflected in that project release cycle. The best thing about investing in DevOps is that it not only just integrates seamlessly with release cycles but also accelerates them. CI/CD process in application development, which we term as shifting left, offers a faster return on investment by allowing developers to catch errors earlier in the software development lifecycle.

Statistics show that

  • 8% of defects originated in earlier lifecycle activities
  • 30-40% of all IT work is re-work.

This approach provides Quality Improvements and Lower Development Costs. Shift Left philosophy is defect prevention rather than defect detection in the delivery of a project or program of work and contributes to lower costs of software delivery. This entails a faster return of revenue. As per data, there is a greater improvement with this approach, including improvements of approx. 19% on collaboration between departments and a reduction in the time spent maintaining and fixing applications, as well as a 15% improvement in terms of increased revenue.

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Calculating DevOps ROI

  • ROI for DevOps is tricky
    • “Investment” is continuous.
    • Developer and IT staff size may stay the same after DevOps is introduced or even go up.
    • “R” has a lot to do with the value of increased productivity.
    • The “I” has two-parts:
      • Initial investment in getting DevOps onboard, which includes tooling and training
      • Ongoing re-investment in the newly formed DevOps team
Madhavan Srinivasan