Top Five DevOps and Ops Team Challenges for 2015

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Budget Constraints

Challenge #5 – Marginalized and Changing Budgets

Shrinking budgets paired with increasing demands on DevOps and operations is nothing new. The big change is that the budget structure is also morphing, and most organizations are struggling to align that with the massive technology shifts we explored earlier. While capital expenses may be separate from operational ones, CapEx spends are now often mirrored by OpEx ones. Trying to quantify spend on an on-premise project management tool with a SaaS application is a major headache that can no longer be left solely in the hands of the CFO.

This shift impacts the structure of IT budgets – it could even take away IT's control if OpEx spend becomes more distributed.

DevOps and operations teams are always focused on problem solving. They are not only under increasing pressure from tech-savvy, app-centric business users to collaboratively solve challenging business problems with IT, but also trying to keep up with a rapidly changing landscape of tools, technologies, processes and adoption. So, as we head into 2015, it is important to take stock of all the potential new challenges ahead … as well as some ways to get ahead of them.

IT infrastructure used to be a service published to the rest of the organization – all new requests were made to and executed by the operations team. However, the process is becoming more democratized and collaborative. And while that is certainly a good thing for business, it shifts the dynamic and responsibilities considerably.

Luckily, knowing what is coming will help DevOps and operations teams better prepare to overcome it. In this slideshow, operations expert Dr. Trevor Parsons of Logentries explores the five challenges teams need to address – from cultural changes and shifting ownership to hybrid environment complications. He also shares steps to take now to overcome future challenges and save some headaches along the way.


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