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06/05/2015 03:31 pm ET Updated Jun 03, 2016

Another Reason to Reach for the Cloud

Lots of people are talking about cloud computing.

Even if the term is a misnomer, cloud computing is a big deal. That's because organizations can do anything in the cloud that they can do on-premises. So why are Federal agencies still investing just a fraction of their IT budgets on cloud computing?

DevOps Trending Up

A new study, "The Agile Advantage: Can DevOps Move Cloud to the Fast Lane?" helps connect the dots. Agencies want to move more quickly, and 66 percent say they need to move IT services to the cloud faster to meet mission and constituent needs. DevOps can help agencies move to the cloud and improve efficiency by streamlining IT management.

What is it?

Speeding Up with DevOps

DevOps is about speeding up software development.

Conventional development cordons off software developers from IT operations and quality assurance. Each team does their thing serially, one after the other. DevOps speeds everything up. It's automated and collaborative. Management consultant Accenture believes DevOps can result in a 50 percent increase in speed to market, according to its "DevOps: Services Overview.""A DevOps model brings software engineering, quality assurance, and IT operations together as an integrated team," explained Tim Hoechst, Accenture Federal Services' chief technology officer (CTO). "Federal agencies can start up new projects more quickly, improve resource utilization, and reduce downtime - ultimately driving the innovation needed for real change."

By the Numbers

Just 22 percent of Feds are very familiar with DevOps today, but 60 percent say they can see DevOps in their agency's future.

That's not all - 63 percent say DevOps will speed up application delivery and migration, and 68 percent see DevOps as a viable path to improve collaboration between IT development, security, and operations teams.

The Secret is Out

So here's a question - can DevOps help agencies migrate to the cloud faster?

Maybe DevOps and cloud computing go hand in hand. Like peas and carrots, apple pie and ice cream, or B.B. King and blues (RIP, B.B.). According to the new study, few Federal agencies have embraced DevOps, but the majority sees it in their future.

Read the full report about DevOps to learn more about how it can help Federal agencies.

And learn more about Federal cloud.