The payoff of having a mature, streamlined and high-tech IT infrastructure is that your business is well positioned to take advantage of emerging opportunities, can get to market quicker and has the potential to be more successful. But to be in the place to take advantage of those benefits, your IT infrastructure also needs to be compliant and secure so that it can fully support your business, allowing you to focus on what you do best.
This is especially true for DevOps, which is something more and more businesses are focusing on, particularly enterprises. In fact, according to a RightScale report, DevOps adoption is highest in enterprise (81% versus 70% in SMBs) and overall it increased from 66% to 74% in 2016.
The drivers for using DevOps are fairly obvious; a desire for better quality and improved customer experience, and a need to reduce overall costs and complexity. These then tie into the benefits that having a DevOps environment brings to business; these include improved collaboration, better quality of applications and software, less time spent fixing and maintaining apps and, ultimately, increased revenue.
However, there are challenges inherent in the DevOps process, especially when it comes to security. And it is here that compliance, both achieving it and maintaining it, really comes into play. Having the right processes, procedures and frameworks in place to meet your regulatory and security requirements will benefit your development environment.
All too often projects are delivered within a business and then secured — almost as an afterthought. From development and testing, to deploying in the cloud, there are a number of areas where something can go wrong, where security flaws can put the project at risk.
But with the right security and compliance approach in place, for example, using efficient tools, technologies and automation, security becomes integrated into design in DevOps. As part of this process, any issues can be flagged and fixed along the way, instead of only being noticed at the end, by which time significant re-engineering is needed to make the app or software is fit for purpose.
In today’s highly competitive market organisations are doing all they can to get ahead of their opponents. While many see innovation, solutions portfolio and service as a way to do this (yes, these are all valid approaches) many more businesses don’t realise the role that IT compliance can actually play. Going forward and looking at the significant benefits that DevOps, for example, can deliver, the role of continuous compliance becomes a little clearer.
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