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85% on board with DevOps, Redgate's third annual survey finds

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Simon Galbraith, CEO at Redgate Software, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
Simon Galbraith, CEO at Redgate Software, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

The adoption of DevOps practices to develop databases and applications is becoming increasingly widespread - but a hardcore of organisations are stubbornly refusing to take them up, according to a report from Cambridge-based Redgate Software.

Its third annual State of Database DevOps Survey, which questioned more than 1,000 organisations across the world, found that teams were now collaborating more closely to enable compliance and faster code deployment.

DevOps describes a methodology by which software development is combined with IT operations to shorten the system development life cycle, and help roll out fixes and updates more rapidly.

It is increasingly adopted across many applications but Redgate, a leading provider of software for professionals working on the Microsoft data platform, has been at the forefront of pushing for DevOps practices to be applied to databases, which traditionally have been less rapidly developed.

Its 2019 survey found:

85 per cent of the those surveyed have adopted DevOps or have plans to do so in the next two years, up from 82 per cent in 2018;

standard DevOps practices, such as version control, continuous integration and automated provisioning are being rolled out across both application and database teams, helping speed development and avoiding the database becoming a bottleneck;

57 per cent of organisations surveyed have already adopted DevOps across some or all of their projects, a rise of over 20 per cent since the first study, published in 2017.

23 per cent see traditional database practices increasing the risk of failed deployments, and 20 per cent citing slow development and release cycles as major issues with non-DevOps approaches.

52 per cent believe they can move to fully automated database DevOps within a year - and that rises to 83 per cent for those that have already adopted DevOps all other projects.

15 per cent have no plans to introduce DevOps within the next two years, with 40 per cent of these citing lack of awareness of the business benefits

a lack of skills (22 per cent) and disruption to business (21 per cent) are highlighted as the largest obstacles to success.

Mary Robbins, Redgate product marketing manager, said:: “Our third annual survey finds that DevOps adoption is maturing across many leading organisations, with developers, DBAs and other stakeholders working together and adopting common DevOps practices to drive business benefits. However, the picture is also becoming more nuanced – some organisations and sectors seem to be turning their back on the advantages of DevOps, affecting their competitiveness and productivity.”

In the foreword to the full report, which can be downloaded from red-gate.com, Donovan Brown, principal DevOps manager at Microsoft, notes: “The time to debate whether you should or should not implement DevOps is over. You either implement DevOps or you lose. And that includes the database too.”

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