There are plenty of real-world motivations for businesses to take a keen interest in adopting DevOps, but even a long list of benefits means nothing if your CFO isn’t shown in concrete financial terms.
The good news is this: your CFO loves DevOps. The bad news is that they just don’t know it yet. Keep in mind, approaching a CFO with DevOps using tech language isn’t going to sway them one bit – unless they are one of the few who is savvy enough to “get it.”
The best language to use when talking to a CFO about DevOps is one that includes dollar signs and bottom lines. But “dollars and cents” isn’t exactly in the native lexicon of tech/IT folks, so we’ve got a quick primer to get you started.
We can’t guarantee that you’ll be fluent in “CFO” after reading this, but you’ll be on-track to making a decent pitch for it.
DevOps Generates Revenue For Companies That Adopt It
You don’t have to tell your CFO that dollar bills will rain down from the sky, but you need to be clear that DevOps means cash when it’s integrated in the right way.
Of course, the CFO will want to know how that will happen, so be ready to explain that DevOps means customers will get better products faster. This means it takes less time to generate revenue because products aren’t just ready to be bought – they’re also a perfect match for the intended market. That also translates into more sales, which every CFO loves.
DevOps also allows for the release of products with increased stability, too. On the surface, this really means nothing to a CFO, but when you dig a little and explain that more stability equals less downtime – and happier customers who aren’t demanding refunds for buggy products – CFOs start to come around and realize that DevOps creates happy, loyal customers who want to give you their money.
DevOps Keeps Costs Down
CFOs are constantly looking for ways to rein-in costs, and IT seems to almost always been on the list o things that CFOs want to pull back on. DevOps is a great way to overcome this tendency, and your CFO needs to know how – and why DevOps will cut costs.
One of the core advantages of DevOps is automation. Automation reduces the number of employees or contractors required for certain IT tasks. If the result is that a company needs fewer people for these tasks, great. But, it also could mean that employees whose tasks become automated are able to take on more important projects that may also have a positive impact on the bottom line.
Regardless, DevOps lets IT departments be more productive while also dedicating time, energy and resources to some of the more crucial problems in an organization. It’s important that you articulate ways that DevOps will keep costs down in your business.
There’s no room for broad statements here – your business isn’t just an example, it’s THE example you need to use for your CFO to see the reality of adopting DevOps.
DevOps Means Stable Profits
Revenue is great, but when you’re a CFO, stable revenue is better. When DevOps is adopted, steady revenue typically follows thanks to more predictability in the areas of product expenses and demand from consumers. When those two things become predictable, profits become reliable.
CFOs love it when revenue and costs are managed and DevOps is an ideal way to ensure long-term stability for both. All you have to do is explain it using your business operations as the example with real-world figures and realistic projections and expectations.
DevOps Spurs Business Growth
Yes, we mentioned that DevOps means more stable profits, but there’s growth to be had, as well. Companies that adopt DevOps solutions can expect to see increased product sales as well as the development and introduction of new products and solutions. All of which mean growth, which leads to more profit, which leads to more growth, which probably leads to your CFO signing off on DevOps adoption.
Explaining that DevOps frees up the resources needed to quickly identify, develop and release products that customers want and need is very attractive to the CFO – who is always looking for things that will contribute to a company’s growth.
The Bottom Line: Your CFO Wants DevOps
As you know, CFOs have a lot of fiscal responsibility within a company or organization. When you approach the subject of DevOps from a fiscal standpoint, as opposed to an IT one, your chances of success go up dramatically. Think about this before your next budget meeting, and plan your approach so that your CFO can fully understand, and buy into, DevOps.