DevOps Adoption: The Fast Lane to Innovation and Better Service Delivery [New Report]

“The most significant business benefit of DevOps is faster delivery of features.”

If most of the people you asked about DevOps told you that, wouldn’t it be worth a try?

Think of how much innovation DevOps adoption could introduce to your company. By delivering features faster, you could more quickly address your customers’ needs, your internal development process and your competitive environment.

In fact, a new report finds that faster delivery of features is twice as compelling as the next-most-popular business benefit: stable operating environments. And those stable environments are more than twice as compelling as the benefit of less risk, as shown below.

We’ve created an infographic based on the results of that report by Unisphere Research called The Current State and Adoption of DevOps. Its findings reflect the experience of companies in many industries that are using DevOps to bridge the gap between application development teams – traditionally focused on change – and IT operations – traditional focused on stability.

It’s not always easy to get those groups to work together, but on the upside, benefits like faster delivery of features and more innovation are too big to ignore.

DevOps adoption, trends and survey results

What else are people saying about making DevOps work? Here’s a sampler:

DevOps momentum (p.6 of the report)

Most respondents reported that they are not using DevOps exclusively. Let’s face it: DevOps is still relatively new, and adopting it is not like picking up a new smartphone. A lot of organizational gears have to mesh, and processes must change, and that can take some heavy lifting.

Still, one-third of those using DevOps are using it on up to 20% of their projects, and 10% are using it on more than 75% of their projects. The momentum is there: As they look out over the next two years, one in four respondents believe 75% of their projects will be utilizing DevOps.

Traditional development processes (p.8)

Many organizations see a complementary relationship between the growth of DevOps and the progress in and popularity of cloud computing. They regard three areas of the traditional development mindset as significant drawbacks:

  • Difficulty in responding to changing business requirements (36% of respondents)
  • Lack of communication between development and operations (26%)
  • Longer release cycles (25%)

Even if they are entering the world of DevOps at a measured pace, they are ready for a change.

Technical benefits of DevOps (p.9)

Besides the business benefits noted above, respondents named several technical benefits they have already seen or anticipate seeing from DevOps:

  • Continuous software delivery (46%)
  • Improved success rates in deployments (33%)
  • Faster resolution of issues (25%)
  • Less-complex issues to fix (10%)

Those benefits also set the stage for increased innovation. It’s what you focus on when you don’t have to be so worried about quality and reliability in service delivery.

Database deployment and cross-functional teams (p.13)

How does DevOps affect your world of database development? Three out of four respondents said that their database developers and DBAs work side-by-side to facilitate application development, showing that the database is closer to DevOps than often thought. In fact, 61% of respondents reported that their database developers also play the role of DBA in non-production environments and nearly half said they are responsible for operations and/or front-end app development.

Only one in eight respondents said database developers in their organizations do not have other database-related responsibilities.

In my next post I’ll go into more of the report’s findings on DevOps and database development.

Get your copy of “The Current State and Adoption of DevOps”

Have a look at our infographic on the current state and adoption of DevOps to find out more about how your peers are doing with this approach to development. If DevOps is still in its infancy in your organization, download the report and see how you can build a case for for DevOps. If you’re already moving in this direction, you can use the report to gauge your progress against that of your peers in various industries.

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