Protocol for a literature review in investigating the potential of DevOps for public sector Information Technology delivery
The United Kingdom (UK) public sector has spent more than £3.2bn on digital, data and technology services since 2012. The UK public sector borrowing year ending March 2018 was at £41bn. The debt at the end of February 2019 was at £1785bn (Office of National Statistics, 2019) and because of this spiralling debt, the UK government had to implement austerity. Therefore, there was a need to address solutions to help the government implement austerity. For example, the NHS Digital (NHSD) annual report and accounts 2017 to 2018 reported an increase in expenditure for permanent staff, software development, IT maintenance and IT support. It is evident there is an increase in expenditure compared to their 2016 to 2017 report. This provides scope for reduction in expenditure.
This literature review aims to investigate if DevOps has the potential to transform public sector IT delivery and provide value for money to the taxpayer by reducing expenditure in software development, IT maintenance and IT support. We will also be reviewing the maturity of DevOps in its current form and address the benefits and downsides from a public sector perspective.
Our literature review will apply the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis Protocol (PRISMA-P). We will accomplish a two-part study and apply thematic organisation of our literature. We will use databases recommended by the University of Portsmouth Library. Grey Literature will be included, but we will exclude untrustworthy literature, social media, broadcasting, and press media. Only literature with confirmed validity will be included for further research.