DORA research reports big improvements in DevOps

The latest research in IT practices has revealed that DevOps is continuing to have high-performance levels and big impacts on technology transformation.

In the largest and longest-running research of its kind, the report surveyed 31,000 IT professionals over 6 years, analysing the results annually. The report was named Accelerate State of DevOps Report and was conducted by the DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) group, which was acquired by Google in December 2018.

The investigation was sponsored by the software company, Redgate.

Main findings

Key findings from Accelerate highlight the continuous improvements that the DevOps industry is making.  One of which is that 20% of all teams looked at in the report are classified as “elite” performers, up from 7% last year. It was also found that the highest performers are twice as likely to meet work goals, including profitability, productivity and customer satisfaction.

“Over the past six years the Accelerate State of DevOps Report has become the benchmark for good practice in DevOps, demonstrating the business benefits adoption delivers,” says Kendra Little, DevOps Advocate, Redgate Software. “In 2018 it highlighted the importance of the database to DevOps success, and in 2019 has invaluable advice on the impact of good culture, the cloud, creating communities and change approvals on improved organizational performance.”

Improvements to be made

The Accelerate report also researched what companies needed to do in order to improve. It found the main benefit to companies would be to change approval practices. This is because searching for approval for changes from a higher level resulted in a negative software delivery performance. It was also revealed, however, that approving processes are not associated with lower change failure rates.

The findings of the Accelerate report also imply the need for a change in the role of data professionals. To make improvements to the stability of production systems and to increase the performance of the software delivery process, specialists need to move away from the role as ‘gatekeepers’ in the production environment, the report encourages.

It’s further suggested that to deal with these issues, those in specialist roles should transform into consultants and advisors, who can inspire development teams early in the software development lifecycle and create communities at all levels.