Redgate says ‘database teams increasingly turn to DevOps’

According to the 2018 State of Database DevOps Survey, conducted by Redgate Software with SQL Server professionals, organisations are increasingly turning to DevOps within their development and database teams.

Out of 700 organisations surveyed, 82% said they have adopted DevOps or are planning to do so in the next two years, while more than 50% of respondents said they have implemented the DevOps process on some, or all, of their projects.

However, the survey found a significant number of “laggards” are turning their backs on DevOps, with 36% of respondents admitting they have no plans to implement DevOps within the next two years.

‘DevOps has a positive impact on GDPR’

While 60% of respondents in retail and IT services are already using DevOps, less than 40% of those in the government, education and not-for-profit sectors have adopted it.

The research also pinpoints that DevOps has a positive impact on regulatory and compliance requirements – a vital issue regarding the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) which is to come into place on the 25 May 2018.

The survey found that DevOps is increasingly seen as a business priority – just 12% cite lack of awareness of the business benefits as the main obstacle to adoption, a fall of a third from 17% in 2017.

‘Key cultural requirements’

However, 40% of the laggards who have no plans to adopt DevOps blame a lack of awareness of the business benefits as their main challenge, demonstrating a need to educate management on the advantages that DevOps brings.

The survey also found that traditional barriers between developers and database administrators (DBAs) are breaking down a key cultural requirement for DevOps to succeed.

Mary Robbins, Redgate product marketing manager, commented: “It’s heartening to see how DevOps adoption is accelerating, with organisations moving forward significantly since our last research a year ago.

‘An increasingly data-driven world’

“This is changing the challenges they face – having demonstrated the business benefits of database DevOps, organisations are now looking to overcome implementation challenges, such as skills gaps and changing how they operate.

“However, while the majority are pushing forward with DevOps, a significant proportion risk being left behind, missing out on the advantages this new way of working delivers in an increasingly data-driven world.”

The 2018 State of Database DevOps Survey was based on a survey of 700 SQL Server professionals from around the world.

Written from press release by Leah Alger