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CDF Report Reveals Lack of DevOps Maturity

A global survey of nearly 26,000 DevOps professionals published today by the Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF) at the cdCon + GitOpsCon event found 84% of respondents are involved in some type of DevOps activity. However, the report also found just under half 49% are using a continuous integration (CI) or continuous delivery (CD) platform and only 22% are using CI and CD approaches to automate all building, testing and deployment of code in a production environment.

The report, conducted in collaboration with SlashData, found the number of developers using CI or CD platforms only increased two percentage points year-over-year, with the use of self-hosted CI/CD tools dropping from 32% in the first quarter of 2022 to 23% in the same period this year.

The survey also noted that only 7% of respondents this year described themselves as a DevOps engineer or specialist.

Overall, medium-sized businesses have the highest involvement in DevOps practices (94%), followed by small businesses and large enterprises at just over 90%. More than three-quarters of developers (79%) are now using DevOps practices.

The most common DevOps activity is monitoring software or infrastructure performance (47%), followed by application security testing and using CI to build and test code, tied at 37% each, and approving code deployments into production environments at 36%, the survey found.

The average number of DevOps-related technologies used by developers (4.5) has, meanwhile, remained stable over the last year. The most widely used tools address issue tracking (39%), source code management (38%), test automation management (34%), collaboration and knowledge-sharing tools (32%) and application performance management/observability and agile project management tools tied at 31%.

The survey also noted that the percentage of top performers—defined as those with lead times of less than one day—now stands at 15%. Survey results for top performers over the years continue to fluctuate between 13% and 17% of the survey total. On the plus side, 40% of developers have lead time changes of less than one week, the second-highest ranking for this survey.

More than a third of all DevOps practitioners (34%), however, take longer than a week to restore service. Only 12% of DevOps practitioners take less than an hour to restore service.

In general, the survey finds that organizations that use 10 or more DevOps tools are twice as likely to be high performers.

Fatih Degirmenci, executive director for the CDF, told conference attendees the consortium, which now oversees nine projects, including the open source Jenkins CI/CD platform, continues to make progress as additional projects are added.

However, while it’s clear that many organizations have adopted multiple DevOps tools and platforms, far too many of them still have a long DevOps journey ahead. Each organization will need to decide whether DevOps workflows need to be adopted to fit their needs, even as the pressure to build and deliver software faster continues to mount. In fact, at a time when more organizations than ever are dependent on software to drive mission-critical digital business transformation initiatives, time may be running out to adopt DevOps workflows at a deeper level if organizations hope to stay competitive.


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