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Cloud Automation Increases Agility

In April 2017, we sponsored an online survey focused on cloud automation in order to understand if—and how—corporate IT departments are using automation to develop and deliver new workloads and applications. More than 1,000 IT professionals from US companies with at least 1,000 employees participated in the survey. The majority of respondents (56%) said that at least half of their deployment pipelines are now automated, and 63% said they can deploy new applications in less than six weeks.

According to the results of the survey, companies that have embraced cloud automation can deploy new applications and workloads faster and more frequently, while recovering from failures with more agility than organizations that struggle to adopt automated processes, ing and monitoring. Furthermore, per the survey results, 41% of corporate IT departments are producing more than 10 new cloud workloads every year, and 56% have automated at least half of all their artifact creation and deployment pipelines. Another 66% said that at least half of all their quality assessments (lint, unit s, etc.) are automated.

“The survey results reiterate what we’re hearing from clients and prospects: automation, driven by cloud technologies, is critical to the rapid delivery of new workloads and applications,” says Jeff Aden, EVP of Marketing & Strategic Business Development & Co-Founder at 2nd Watch. “Companies are automating everything from artifact creation to deployment pipelines and process, which includes metrics, documentation and data. The result is faster time-to-market for new applications, and less application downtime.”

More survey results:

  • 63% said that deploying new applications takes less than six weeks
  • 44% said that deploying new code to production takes a day or less
  • 54% said they are deploying new code changes at least once a week
  • 50% said it takes a day or less to recover from application failure
  • 55% said they are measuring application quality by ing everything


Download the infographic highlighting the results of the Cloud Automation survey here.  For questions about how 2nd Watch can help you embrace cloud automation, please contact us today!


-Katie Laas-Ellis, Marketing Manager, 2nd Watch


New Survey: Enterprise IT Procurement Patterns Favor Cloud Technologies

We’re back with more survey results! Our la survey of more than 400 IT executives shows that enterprise IT procurement patterns favor cloud technologies, although most execs polled still see themselves as operating “Mode 1” type IT organizations – we’ll get into an explanation of this below. Our Public Cloud Procurement: Packaging, Consumption and Management survey sought to understand the organizational emphasis and strategic focus of modern enterprise IT departments based on the tech services they’re consuming and how much they’re spending.

Gartner refers to Mode 1 organizations as traditional and sequential, emphasizing safety and accuracy and preferring entire solutions over self-service, while Mode 2 organizations are exploratory and nonlinear, emphasize agility and speed, prefer self-service and have a higher tolerance for risk. Going into the survey, we expected most enterprise IT organizations to be bimodal, with their focus split between stability and agility. The results confirmed our expectations – bimodal IT is common for modern IT organizations.

Here are some of our findings:

  • 71% of respondents reported being a Mode 1 IT organizations.
  • 72% of respondents emphasize sequential processes and linear relationships (Mode 1) over short feedback loops and clustered relationships (Mode 2) for IT delivery.
  • 65% said plan-driven / top-down decision making best represented their planning processes – a Mode 1 viewpoint.

However, respondents also showed considerable interest in public cloud technologies and outsourced management for those services:

  • 89% of respondents use AWS, Google Compute Engine or Microsoft Azure.
  • 39% have dedicated up to 25% of total IT spend to public cloud.
  • 43% spend at least half of their cloud service budget on AWS.

Many respondents found the process of buying, consuming and managing public cloud services difficult. A large majority would pay a premium if thatprocess of buying public cloud was easier, and 40% went so far as to say they’d be willing to pay 15% over cost for the benefit of an easier process.

Read the full survey results or download the infographic for a visual representation.


Survey Shows Cloud Tech Driving Digital Business, Customer Service

In an effort to better understand the relationship between cloud computing and digital business in large enterprises, we have just completed a survey of 498 IT and business executives in the US, our most comprehensive research to date. The survey uncovered a stronger than expected connection between cloud technologies and digital sales and marketing programs. Half of all persons responding to the survey said that moving to the cloud would be their most important digital initiative in 2015.

Digital business has come to define a wave of applications and services that, in Gartner’s words, “blur the physical and digital worlds.” Millions of Internet-connected devices have created new ways for companies to engage customers and prospects, from social marketing campaigns to mobile loyalty apps. Cloud technologies, with their flexibility and affordability, are considered foundational to digital business, and yet many companies are still struggling with operational blockades like inflexible systems.

Nevertheless, cloud computing seems to be driving the digital enterprise. Nearly 59% of respondents to this la survey reported they’re using a combination of on-premise and cloud technologies to power digital business initiatives, while 22% of companies follow a “cloud first” methodology. The survey also asked about specific initiatives. The majority (36%) of persons responding said that between 25% and 50% of their digital sales and marketing services will leverage cloud-computing technologies this year, and almost a quarter (24%) will leverage cloud technologies for 50% to 75% of digital sales and marketing programs. Many companies are also using cloud-based tools to measure time to deployment for new digital programs (54%), the cost of said programs (48%), ROI (43%), and automation (33%).

Other digital business survey highlights:

  • 60% said cloud tools will support digital sales and marketing programs this year
  • 36% said understanding cloud was their most important consideration when going digital, followed by creating a roadmap of business and tech initiatives (25%) and cultural change (20%)
  • 38% said improving customer service was their company’s top driver for leveraging new cloud technologies, while 27% said the top driver was increasing revenue
  • 35% said more than half their budget this year would go toward digital campaigns
  • 44% said it takes up to three months to provision new infrastructure for complex applications
  • 52% said developing and deploying new digital programs rapidly and to scale was the primary advantage to using cloud technologies; 50% said cost savings was the primary advantage (respondents could select multiple answers to this question)

The results of the la survey show pretty clearly that companies are thinking about cloud technologies more strategically than just a year or two ago.  Enterprises are also seeing private cloud not providing the benefits it claimed in the last few years and thus are more likely moving to the public cloud.

Cloud computing is no longer simply an infrastructure play but a set of business-oriented capabilities that companies are using to better serve customers, be more agile and grow sales.  Enterprises are also requiring that the providers they are selecting must have critical capabilities for common workloads.  To view Gartner’s report on how providers stack-up, download the full report here.

-Jeff Aden, EVP BD & Marketing