If you are a CIO or a CISO of a large enterprise, you experience first-hand those board-level conversations on strategy and detailed work plans on how to enable Digital Transformation. In particular, board-level conversations focus on how Cloud-native development, Agility and Developer productivity will drive business results.
In fact, I was fortunate enough to meet with Satya Nadella after Microsoft acquired my previous startup Aorato, and to listen to his cloud-first and Digital Transformation vision.
Two things I learned while talking with executives like Satya and other board members:
- Most of the executives and board members already acknowledged that their business will be disrupted in the next two to five years.
- Digital transformation is the key element for achieving competitive advantage, and driving constant growth with greater efficiencies.“Speed is required to stay competitive” GitLab
What we’ve noticed is that enterprises that allow developers to be responsible for the end-to-end delivery are at the forefront of Digital Transformation. In these environments, development teams take the end-to-end ownership across architecture, business logic, data flows, infrastructure and security controls.
They don’t need to “open a ticket” for IT, or manually open the cloud provider UI to fire-up a compute resource, change network structure, add roles or policies, or change the API gateway configurations whenever they introduce a new API - it is all code.
Development ownership is one of the fundamental cultural changes in enterprises, and it's what drives growth.
This culture change fundamentally affects the way most enterprises work, creating an inherent friction between development, security, and compliance teams, which is challenging the entire security and compliance paradigm.
One of the smartest CISOs I've met told me “developers need speed and agility while cybersecurity teams need controls and risk management”. There is no better way of describing this challenge.
The faster developers go - the deeper the problem gets.
“Nearly 83% of our 2020 Global DevSecOps Survey respondents said they’re releasing code faster than ever with DevOps. With the pace of work accelerating, some important details are easily overlooked or underestimated – like security” GitLab