In today\’s competitive world, Software organizations are expected to constantly innovate and deliver exceptional user experiences. Moreover, they are required to deliver on the key competitive advantages at a disruptive pace. Hence, enterprises are turning to DevOps, which is often touted as the best means to champion innovation.
However, DevOps is easier said than done. There are implementation challenges, and the continuous innovation that you plan on delivering might actually take a lot of time to be considered ‘continuous’. Things might not pan out as you thought. Building your DevOps capacity could be an extremely time-consuming process. Challenges such as people’s resistance, meeting technology needs, and skilled workforce requirements, etc. are common. Moreover, even if your DevOps implementation has been successfully completed, you might struggle to get the desired tangible results out of it. Well, good luck, if your management wants you to deliver on your DevOps initiative in the first six months!
Want some stats and numbers to get a better picture of this scenario? Here’s a sneak peek into the study conducted by Embotics and Ponemon. As per this study, lagging in DevOps could cost an average enterprise of around $34 million per year. However, with almost 70% of IT leaders showing little confidence in their ability to manage risk in the cloud, and only 33% capable of quickly deliver DevOps enablement, can organizations escape the humongous loss as quoted by Embotics and Ponemon? This is where DevOps Managed Service Providers come into the picture.
How DevOps Managed Service Providers can accelerate Your DevOps Transformation
To state things in the simplest words, it can be said that MSPs accelerate DevOps to meet the pace at which technology changes. It’s unimaginable for IT companies to complete DevOps transformation at the maddening and disruptive pace at which technology evolves. In times when solutions become obsolete extremely quickly, you need something that can help you transform the otherwise cumbersome DevOps implementation process. Enter DevOps Managed Service Providers or MSPs.
MSPs eliminate the entire process (and the stress) of DevOps implementation. They also help organizations set up DevOps automation tools, train employees, and even initiate a cultural transformation. If required, an MSP will also help you with cloud maintenance, workload management, infrastructure, security, and 24/7 support.
As such, a DevOps Managed Services provider significantly speeds up your DevOps initiatives. By helping you create fully automated continuous delivery processes, MSPs help achieve the desired, direct impact on business efficiency, performance, and innovation. Moreover, as a result of automation, your company witnesses considerable cost-reduction and improved speed in solution delivery.
How Managed Service Providers (MSPs) Add More Value to Your Business
We’ve established that DevOps is time-consuming and its implementation can be too much of a task. For small and medium-scale companies, it could spell a lot of expenditure too. Therefore, for SMB’s it is wise to outsource their IT operations.
On the other hand, companies who have already adopted a DevOps culture needn’t do away with it. Instead, you can still utilize MSPs to pace up DevOps transformation for your business. And, in case you think this would mean surrendering all control over your IT culture to a third-party, think again. Not all MSPs work that way. Termed as DevOps-friendly MSPs, these professionals find a middle ground and operate with complete transparency, working in-sync with your in-house IT team.
Your business is likely to get more value and benefits out of managed service providers in terms of:
Reduced cost: You lower your labor spend, minimize turnover, don’t have to invest in training, and get to leverage automation. All this helps you reduce your cost tremendously. So, if your technology budget is unpredictable, you don’t have skilled IT personals to invest in or are scarce on resources, hire an MSP. In such a scenario when security and down-time can become serious problems for your organization’s growth, MSPs can help you keep up on delivering innovative solutions.
Improved processes: With a cloud-managed service partner by your side, attaining DevOps solutions like continuous integration and continuous deployment becomes simple and quick. With solutions like these software development steps such as testing & deployments can get automated which would have taken months to complete. Moreover, if you don’t have the right people in-house, errors are highly likely to be reported even post the testing phase.
Another key area that MSPs are proficient in data management. Precious data, once lost or stolen, can be very hard to recover. But if you are storing all your data on the cloud, you’ll be able to manage and protect your data better. You will experience minimal to zero downtime, which is a big advantage considering that an hour of downtime costs a small business about $8000 and large business an approximate of $700,000.
Automated processes and updates: From documentation to optimizing business processes, DevOps automation has added speed and accuracy to every single task. With automation to your rescue, you complete every work in fewer steps, less time, and with high accuracy. That’s how leveraging automation, DevOps managed service providers lend their clients the needed flexibility and scalability to deliver innovative solutions at a lightning pace, with minimum error rate. Tweaks and customizations don’t need to keep waiting either.
Improved speed: One of the first things that will catch your attention when you hire an MSP is the significant increase in speed at which things get done. As everything runs on the cloud, even the provision of servers is quick. Your cloud service provider can tackle any issue from any network. All this wasn’t possible in the case of traditional services. This way, MSPs also ensure better protection from outages.
Focus on Core Business: A professional and reputed DevOps managed service provider will always work towards helping you meet your business challenges. Top DevOps managed service providers focus on building the right mix of private and public cloud and on-premise IT. With MSPs taking up the majority of work related to IT planning, implementation, etc., you can channelize your time and effort towards strategic business growth.
Businesses of any size who are looking for DevOps transformation must think about leveraging the many benefits that an MSP can bring in. However, you need to exert the utmost care while selecting the right DevOps managed service provider who understands your exact challenges and requirements.
At Rapyder, we believe that first understanding the key requirements of DevOps is core to building strong solutions. This is why we start by measuring past performance and establishing future goals based on KPIs and your business vision. Thereon, we help you fill the performance gaps that exist. Alongside ensuring fast performance, error minimization, and improved efficiency in your DevOps initiatives, we pay much importance to bring down the humongous IT costs related to DevOps implementation.
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