DevOps is enabling IT to achieve higher levels of throughput and stability. Recently, data has been collected and released that supports the belief that the movement has gained traction and is becoming a key model for IT professionals.
At the IBM Relay Conference in November 2015, Forrester Principal Analyst John Rymer presented the findings from a recent survey that highlighted the link between cloud computing and DevOps. The study, which surveyed 200 IT leaders in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, inquired about the leaders’ current cloud computing deployments and plans for the next two years. Nearly 90% of respondents indicated that they have already begun migrating their systems to the cloud. Of those IT decision makers surveyed, 65% are currently using or implementing cloud platforms, 26% are evaluating cloud platforms and 9% are piloting cloud platforms.
Moreover, it turned out that “the advantages of more quickly implementing and iterating applications—with the focus of better engaging customers—trumps all, including security, in deciding to move more systems of record to the cloud within the next eight quarters.”
Each year, a leading software vendor and DevOps thought leader, PuppetLabs, carries out a survey on the state of DevOps in conjunction with IT Revolution and the accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers. The 2015 report, based on over 4,000 responses, found that high-performing IT organizations deploy code 30 times more frequently and 200 times faster than their lower performing peers. They also have 60% fewer failures and recover 168 times faster.
A November 2014 survey of 700 IT decision-makers sponsored by Rackspace3 polled tech and business managers in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. They were companies that have between 250 and 3000+ employees. Of the respondents who said they hadn’t yet embraced a DevOps approach, 79% said they were planning to begin that journey before the end of 2015.
DevOps is relatively new; however, a large number of organizations have dipped their toes in, if not completely transitioned. Over 55% of the surveyed companies reported they are already using DevOps practices or approaches. U.S. companies are leading that charge — 66% of companies have implemented DevOps as opposed to 40% in the U.K. and 50% in Australia.
A number of federal organizations are already seeing the potential of DevOps too. DISA and USCIS have embraced DevOps to become more agile and more efficient, and agencies like the Veterans Administration are exploring the model as well. One of the best examples comes from NASA, which used a DevOps approach to migrate more than one million pieces of content and more than 100 websites and applications to the cloud.
A survey in 2015 by MeriTalk looked at perceptions of federal IT managers involved with their agencies’ cloud adoption. Many of them report difficulty in gaining cloud momentum, in spite of the fact that 66% believe that their agency needs to move IT services to the cloud faster to meet mission and constituent needs. Fewer than half of federal agencies have made process or policy changes to facilitate successful transitions to the cloud and only 30% has made necessary cultural changes. In total, just 28% have made organizational changes. What’s more just 12% of federal managers report their departments have all the tools they need for a cloud transformation. However, 57% believe DevOps holds the key to help them succeed in the cloud, and 63% say DevOps will help them speed up application delivery and migration.