Don’t let Netflix envy cloud your devops judgment

There is a lot of talk about devops these days, particularly how its a Trojan horse for slower IT shops that have struggled to digitize at a fast-enough pace. But at what cost do you place speed over upholding the integrity and soundness of your software? I recently spoke on a panel at the MIT CIO Symposium called Running IT Like a Factory. One of my co-panelists, the CIO of a major bank, talked a lot about cloud-native companies, and how Netflix does 3,000 releases per month and Amazon does 11,000 releases per year. He also referenced the robustness of AWS and how companies like this can create a ton of value very quickly. Netflix and Amazon both have a market cap thats the envy of any large enterprise. Feedback from the media and analysts isnt helping. By comparison, many enterprise executives are made to feel that the work their IT organization is doing just doesnt measure up to what Silicon Valley startups can build with small teams of pimply teenagers in their garages.

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