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State of DevOps Report 2016 Review

State of DevOps Report 2016: All the News from the Most Comprehensive DevOps Report Yet Released

For five years running, the State of DevOps team has taken the pulse of the business software development industry, feeding back its results in the form of its prestigious report. Of course, 2016 is no different; in fact, this year’s fifth annual report is perhaps the most eagerly awaited to date.

This year, the authorial team surveyed over 4,600 professionals from a range of different global markets. This brings the total number of respondents up to 25,000 across the report’s five year history. To put it simply, no one is covering the world of DevOps with as much insight, with as much scope, or in as much depth as the State of DevOps team.

But to get to the bottom of such a report requires scrutiny. DevOps teams now make up 22% of all the personnel working in IT, up from 19% in 2015 and only 16% in 2014. This is a growing field, and one which is vital to the software development industry. Join us as we take a closer look at the findings.

What did the report find?

Increasing Gulf Between the Big Performers and the Strugglers

Organisations which perform at a high-level with a positive DevOps structure can expect to deploy 200 times more frequently than their poorer performing counterparts, and enjoy lead times which are 2555x faster.

These high performing organisations enjoy benefits across the board, including higher employment loyalty rates and 24x faster recovery. Employees for these organisations were more than twice as likely to recommend a job to friends, and almost twice as likely to describe their team as providing a great working environment.

Quality Should Be Everyone’s Focus

The study found that a concerted effort towards quality is not only desirable within an organisation, but necessary. By bringing team members together in a DevOps environment, and bringing operational insight to bear on design jobs and other planning tasks, organisations are finding themselves spending 22% less time on ad hoc work and revisions.

By eliminating this additional hassle, development teams can boost the time they devote to new product features and other new work by 29%.

The State of DevOps Report CIO, Nigel Kersten, explained more; “The DevOps movement was about operations folks getting involved in the design phase,” he said. “For example, we are starting to see security people getting involved in the design phase, which ultimately produces a much more secure design.”

Automation Cuts Down on Time Spent Remedying Security

Businesses simply cannot afford not to automate their development processes anymore. Companies which fail to do this are spending 50% more time remedying security issues than their more tech-savvy rivals.

Conversely, businesses who invest in automation are finding that their security teams become far more efficient and proactive, working on new secure designs rather than cleaning up old messes.


Experimenting Is Good for Product Development

This will be music to the ears of some and inspire trepidation in others but the report’s findings indicate that experimenting with all components of the product development process is the only way to secure success. Bringing everyone up to speed in the early stages enables organisations to predict difficulties and streamline the entire development cycle.


Transforming Technology Allows You to Reap Big Rewards

It is natural for business owners and upper management to want to acquire detailed ROI information before undergoing technology transformation. With this in mind, the report’s authors have provided a range of metrics, benchmarks and formulas to help business owners quantify their returns and make a decision on whether or not to go ahead. These formulas also show that advancements in technology at all stages of development tend to provide significant cost reductions.

What are you most excited about from this latest report? Has anything surprised you? Don’t forget to let us know.

Here is an infographic summarising the results of the DevOps Report 2016. Click on the image to download.