DevOps: It’s Not Just For WebOps And We Have The Metrics To Prove It

Gene Kim ("The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win" ), Jez Humble (DevOps Research and Assessment LLC), James Turnbull (Glitch), John Willis (Enstratius)
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In December 2012, we surveyed over 4000 professionals from IT Operations and Engineering organizations, with the intent of gaining a better understanding of the state of DevOps. Our goal was to benchmark the demographics, psychographics, cultural beliefs, behaviors and performance of practitioners across the spectrum of DevOps adoption.

What we found astonished us: The data shows that DevOps has moved far beyond conversations about culture to actual real world implementations. Large and small organizations have adopted DevOps practices and tooling. Here are some interesting statistics from the survey:

  • 65% of respondents have implemented or are currently implementing DevOps in their organization
  • 45% of respondents are doing deploys once per week or more frequently
  • 25% of respondents take less than a day to go from code commit to production
  • 83% of respondents use version control, of which 67% use git

In this talk, we’ll discuss the implications of these findings and identify practices that set high performers apart from the pack. We will share the common characteristics of high, medium and low performers, the business value DevOps has brought to their organizations, and their demographics and psychographics.

We will share the results of our analysis, including which DevOps practices correlate most with measurable performance improvement, which practices don’t, describe how the research supports and contradicts some of the prevailing wisdom in the DevOps community. This forms the basis for best practices that deliver results: fast deploy rates, short lead times from “code commit” to “working successfully in production delivering value to customers,” and most importantly, helping the business win in the marketplace.

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Gene Kim

"The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win"

Gene is a multiple award winning CTO, researcher and author. He was founder and CTO of Tripwire for 13 years. He has written two books, including “The Visible Ops Handbook,” and is now writing “When IT Fails: A Business Novel” and “The DevOps Cookbook.” Gene is a huge fan of IT operations, and how it can enable developers to maximize throughput of features from “code complete” to “in production,” without causing chaos and disruption to the IT environment. He has worked with some of the top Internet companies on improving deployment flow and increasing the rigor around IT operational processes. In 2007, ComputerWorld added Gene to the “40 Innovative IT People Under The Age Of 40” list, and was given the Outstanding Alumnus Award by the Department of Computer Sciences at Purdue University for achievement and leadership in the profession.

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Jez Humble

DevOps Research and Assessment LLC

Jez Humble is a Principal at ThoughtWorks Studios, and co-author of the Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler’s Signature Series (Addison Wesley, 2010). He has worked with a variety of platforms and technologies, consulting for non-profits, telecoms, financial services, and online retail companies. His focus is on helping organisations deliver valuable, high-quality software frequently and reliably through implementing effective engineering practices.

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James Turnbull


James Turnbull former IT executive in the banking industry and author of six technology books, James has been involved in IT Operations for over twenty years and is an advocate of open source technology. He joined Puppet Labs in March of 2010. James is the VP of Business Development, Community and Evangelism for Puppet Labs.

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John Willis


John Willis has worked in the IT management industry for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Enstratius, Willis was the VP of Solutions for DTO Solutions where he led the transition to a new suite of automated infrastructure and DevOps solutions. Prior to DTO Solutions. Willis was the VP of Training & Services at Opscode where he formalized the training, evangelism, and professional services functions at the firm. Willis also founded Gulf Breeze Software, an award winning IBM business partner, which specializes in deploying Tivoli technology for the enterprise. Willis has authored six IBM Redbooks for IBM on enterprise systems management and was the founder and chief architect at Chain Bridge Systems.


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