7 key findings from the 2018 Accelerate State of DevOps Report

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For many organisations and technology professionals, transitioning to DevOps will be completely new. But it’s something that carries huge benefits.

DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) has spent five years tracking these benefits, amongst other DevOps trends, and details these findings in their annual State of DevOps report.

This year, DORA teamed up with Google Cloud to explore the ways DevOps is helping organisations to accelerate business growth and unlock key competitive advantages in today’s interconnected world.

The latest report, Accelerate: State of DevOps 2018 – Strategies for a New Economy, provides an exciting insight into the constantly growing DevOps space. Here are seven key things you’ll learn from the report:

1.  DevOps drives business growth

One of the focal findings of the report is that DevOps is synonymous with business growth. In particular, maintaining a robust software delivery and operability function increases productivity, profitability, and market share.

2. Cloud is king

Having the capability to deliver and operate software with both speed and stability can really set your organisation apart, and clearly this is enabled by reliable and sustainable cloud infrastructure.

But doing cloud alone is not enough. To get all the benefits, you must leverage the five core characteristics that differentiate cloud: on-demand self-service, broad network access, resource pooling, rapid elasticity, and measured service. Organisations harnessing these are 23 times more likely to be classed as “Elite Performers”.

3. Open source software improves performance

Over the past decade, adoption of and attitudes towards open-source software have evolved massively.  When combined with the cloud, it can accelerate technology performance.  The report shows that high-performing IT teams are 1.75 times more likely to use open-source applications, and they’ll continue to commit and contribute to them over the coming years

4. Outsourcing isn’t all that

Outsourcing is another topic that’s covered extensively in the report. DORA’s research shows that functional outsourcing can be detrimental to software performance, and Elite Performers are rarely using it.

Although outsourcing can help organisations save money and gain access to specific talent pools, it can increase silos and hand-off processes within companies. Low-performers are outsourcing an array of IT areas, including testing and operations.

Functional outsourcing contributes to the slow performance and slow recovery from downtime experienced by misguided performers, too. By character, misguided performers not only have slow release cycles and long testing phases but believe that stability over speed is key.

5. Technical practices are key

Developing a high-performing IT team has obvious benefits for organisations, and while it’s not something that can be achieved overnight, there are a number of key technical practices that can enhance organisational performance. They include monitoring and observability, continuous testing, database change management, and the early integration of security in software development.

6. Industry doesn’t matter

When it comes to achieving High-Performance IT, industry doesn’t matter. DORA identified high-performing organisations in a range of profit, not-for-profit, regulated, and non-regulated industries, all of which see vast improvements across the board. Sectors include financial services, insurance, government, manufacturing, education, and retail.

7. Diversity is improving

Gender diversity is a prevailing issue in the technology industry, but DORA claims that more women are working within DevOps. In fact, 25 per cent of these teams have women in them. While this is still a major challenge for organisations, things are improving – and it’s clear that teams with improved diversity demonstrate higher performance than those that don’t.

There’s no denying that DevOps is producing great results for a wide range of organisations, and this year’s DORA report certainly emphasises that. Our team of experts have been discussing the report in the DevOps Discussed series of webinars which you can view here.

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