Replay Solutions Releases DevOps 2011 Trends Survey
Redwood City, CA. - April 5th, 2011

1000+ IT Professionals Indicate DevOps is in Full Swing; Cite Better Communication, Increased Efficiency and Higher Quality as Major Benefits

Redwood City, CA. April 5, 2011 —Replay Solutions (www.replaysolutions.com), a leader in continuous application monitoring, software debugging and defect resolution technology, today released the results of a new member of the Software Development Trends survey series covering the adoption of DevOps practices in large enterprises. The survey, DevOps 2011, was conducted in January in collaboration with HP and follows an in-depth survey of Java Platform trends released in mid-2010.

This is the first DevOps study to combine both technology and management perspectives, providing an integrated look at DevOps motivation and adoption in organizations from less than 100 people to the Global 100.  According to Wikipedia.org, DevOps “is a set of processes, methods and systems for communication, collaboration and integration between departments for Development (Applications/Software Engineering), Technology Operations and Quality Assurance (QA).”  Surprisingly, given both the technology and organization challenges in executing DevOps, the study’s major finding is that almost 25% of the responders now have a formal DevOps process with dedicated staff.   In addition, another approximately 25% practice DevOps with personnel from shared teams.

“DevOps, in all of its prior incarnations, has been a fundamental element of every QE effort I’ve led through the years,” said Eric Matson, director of engineering services for Zazzle, Inc. “No matter the size of the organization, a commitment to building strong collaborative ties to Software Engineering and Net Operations is essential for growing a successful business and closing quality gaps quickly and efficiently.  Given the importance of developing and maintaining a consistent release cadence, I am very excited to see DevOps’ momentum building industry-wide as more companies see the inherent value of real-time customer data.”

In addition to comprehensively covering a range of organization sizes, the survey represents a wide mix of industries including retail, manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, education, and consulting. The study also highlights the connection between DevOps and organizational support while also illustrating how trends such as migration to the cloud featured in the Java Platform 2010 survey are also driving its adoption.   For example:

  • Almost 50% of the responders claim an active DevOps program with the majority ranking “culture” and “management directives” more important than technology in driving DevOps adoption.
  • Despite the emphasis on organization, over 90% indicated that software tools were either “important” or “somewhat important” to DevOps success.  Tools cited ranged from defect tracking and source code control systems to agile workflow tools and automated defect resolution tools.
  • Large organizations are more likely to have dedicated DevOps teams.  Smaller organizations tend to implement DevOps with resources borrowed from other teams.
  • The three major DevOps benefits that were cited are: faster mean time to resolution for defects; team communication; and smoother software upgrades, echoing key DevOps  objectives of collaboration and communication.
  • DevOps seems to be having the desired effect.  Survey responders report that DevOps uniquely helps challenges with the software upgrade and release management process.  60% indicated that they can now do releases or major patch releases at least every 30 days.
  • Consistent with the Replay Java Platform Trends 2010 survey, data center automation and cloud computing are ranked high in importance in facilitating DevOps.
  • Not surprisingly, Agile Development is also a key DevOps driver.  Over 60% said they use Agile in at least some part of their organization.

 

 “As we continue to have in-depth conversations such as our Trends survey with the IT community, several reinforcing themes are becoming clear,” said Larry Lunetta, president and CEO of Replay Solutions. “The Java Platform 2010 survey highlighted the wholesale push toward virtualization and the cloud and the DevOps 2011 survey illustrates how organizations are using those technologies and combining that with new processes to increase the velocity of software development and deployment using the DevOps framework.”     

The DevOps 2011 Trends Survey is available at http://replaysolutions.com/2011-DevOpsSurveyResults.

About Replay Solutions
Replay Solutions reduces the time, labor and capital required to find and fix even the most difficult application defects by pinpointing the root cause of any bug, performance, or security issue with 100% accuracy.  Its product, ReplayDIRECTOR™,  is the industry’s only instruction-level continuous application recording and replay solution , enabling enterprise application teams to be more productive by taking the guesswork out of defect resolution in development, test, and production environments. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, the company was founded in 2004 and is backed by Hummer Winblad, Partech Ventures, Sigma Partners and Pelion Venture Partners. For more information, please visit www.replaysolutions.com.

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Kickstart for Replay Solutions
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