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Exceeding Profitability and Productivity Goals with DevOps

Posted on 6.04.2014

IT automation software Puppet Labs released its 2014 State of DevOps Report and it reveals that high-performing IT organizations are twice as likely to exceed their profitability, market share and productivity goals.

The analysis shows that IT performance strongly correlates with well-known DevOps practices such as use of version control and continuous delivery. According to Puppet Labs Nigel Kersten, organizations practicing DevOps benefit from a cycle of continuous learning and improvement that helps them move ahead of the competition.

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"This year's survey is the first rigorous study to confirm that DevOps practices and strong IT performance can drive real business value," said Nigel Kersten, CIO of Puppet Labs. "Now we have the data to back up our contention that IT should be treated as a strategic asset to the business, not a cost center. Organizations that get this are going to pull ahead of competitors, getting their products to market faster and responding more quickly to customer feedback."

Additional findings from Puppet Labs' 2014 State of DevOps Report include:

- Organizational culture and climate for learning: Open information flow, cross-functional collaboration, shared responsibilities, learning from failures and new ideas are at the heart of DevOps, and correlate strongly with high organizational performance.
- Job satisfaction: A surprising finding was that job satisfaction is the number one predictor of organizational performance and that DevOps practices increase employee satisfaction, leading to better business outcomes.

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