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DevOps in Focus

Posted on 9.02.2015

A new study from Delphix is shedding light on the DevOps (development and operations) industry.

The study, which surveyed more than 2,000 DevOps leaders and practitioners across North America and Europe, found that 44 percent of respondents report a DevOps budget of $1 million or more.

That said, the research found that the definitions of DevOps varied widely, with it being described by 84 percent of respondents as “developers and system administrators collaborating to ease the transition between development and production,” while 69 percent defined it as “using infrastructure automation to facilitate self-service provisioning of infrastructure by development teams,” and 60 percent defined it as “evolving operations to meet the demands of agile software development.” Moreover, 42 percent defined DevOps as “developers taking full responsibility for all operations tasks” and 35 percent defined it as “increasing frequency of deployments to uncover defects earlier in the development lifecycle.”

Aside from the varying definitions of DevOps, the study addresses challenges in the industry, revealing that 46 percent of DevOps leaders report data issues as the biggest challenge to enabling their organizations to use DevOps in testing environments. The study also shows that the top three reasons for starting DevOps initiatives are to deliver software faster (66 percent), identify bugs earlier (44 percent), and deliver software more frequently (43 percent).

It is also important to note that the study found that 48 percent of DevOps leaders reported that DevOps initiatives resulted in more defects being identified earlier in the software development cycle. This is good news because the data also suggests that teams spend less time recoding and more time delivering value when defects are found earlier in the software development cycle.

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