Big Data by the Numbers: DevOps and the Need for Speed

The demand for speed and agility are among the key drivers of the growing DevOps movement, which seeks to better align software development and IT operations. Yet, challenges still exist.

As organizations embrace new models such as DevOps, a requirement for greater visibility and operational efficiency is also driving tool consolidation.

Organizations are using between 4 and 10 tools to manage their growing portfolios of custom apps

  • 42% are deploying and updating apps more frequently than in the past
  • 68% plan to adopt DevOps practices, or are already doing so on a limited or trial basis

Source: “The New Normal: Cloud, DevOps, and SaaS Analytics Tools Reign in the Modern App Era,” from Sumo Logic with UBM Technology (March 2017)

Workloads are growing  faster than headcount.

  • 63% of respondents see their workloads increasing
  • 44% expect to see an increase in the size of their development teams
  • 33% expect to see an increase in the size of their operations teams

Source: Chef Survey 2017: Community Metrics

DevOps requires organizational, cultural, and technical changes. Key elements to successfully implementing a DevOps approach include:

  • Support from executive leadership - 39%
  • Flexible, available resources - 39%
  • Cross-business, cross-functional teams
    spanning operations, development, and infrastructure personnel - 34%
  • Inclusion of infrastructure as part of the continuous delivery process -11%

Most significant technical benefits of the DevOps approach?

  • Continuous software delivery - 46%
  • Improved deployment success rates -33%
  • Faster resolution of issues  - 25%
  • Less complex problems to fix - 10%

Source: “The Current State and Adoption of DevOps,” Produced by Unisphere Research, a Division of Information Today, Inc. and sponsored by Quest Software (September 2016)

Companies are struggling to bring DevOps to their databases.

  • 47% of respondents have already adopted DevOps practices across some or all of
    their IT projects
  • 33% plan to adopt a DevOps approach  within the next 2 years
  • Only 20% of respondents are already applying DevOps practices such as continuous integration, automated testing, or automated deployment to their databases

Source: Redgate Software’s State of Database DevOps Survey (January 2017)

Most significant barriers to DevOps Success are:

  • Company culture - 14%
  • Challenges of testing automation - 13%
  • Legacy systems - 12%
  • Application complexity - 11%
  • Budget constraints - 11%

Source: Quali’s 2016 DevOps Survey (March 2017)


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