IT Revolution Research supports both qualitative and quantitative research projects with various partners, including DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA)Puppet, and others. Our goal is to discover the characteristics—and quantify the impact—of high-performing technology organizations. Through the DevOps Enterprise Forum and the State of DevOps Report, we gather real-life stories of transformation and statistical evidence to support DevOps methods.

For research inquiries, please contact us.

State of DevOps Report

For the past five years, we have participated in the State of DevOps Survey and the ensuing State of DevOps Report, with partners Puppet and DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA), gathering data on over 20,000 respondents to better understand the health and habits of organizations using DevOps principles and patterns. Below you can read about some key takeaways from each year's report. You'll also find links to further reading.

  • 2017 State of DevOps Report

    Over the past six years and more than 27,000 State of DevOps survey responses, we’ve found clear evidence that DevOps practices yield remarkable results for IT teams and organizations.

    This year we also discovered new findings about transformational leadership, automation practices, continuous delivery, lean product management, and DevOps in not-for-profits and organizations that use off-the-shelf software.

    Here are a few things you’ll learn in this year’s report:

    • How DevOps practices affect deployment frequency, lead time, change failure rate and MTTR
    • The influence leadership has on DevOps transformations
    • How high- and low-performing teams automate differently
    • The impact of architecture and team structure on IT performance
    • How DevOps helps organizations reach both their financial and non-financial goals
  • 2016 State of DevOps ReportThe fifth annual State of DevOps Survey addresses some of the most pressing issues for the DevOps community today. These include concerns about understanding the ROI of DevOps; the role of experimentation and its value; how to integrate security into DevOps; and the relationship between employee engagement and organizational success.

    • High-performing organizations are decisively outperforming their lower-performing peers in terms of throughput.
    • High performers have better employee loyalty, as measured by employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS).
    • Improving quality is everyone’s job.
    • High performers spend 50 percent less time remediating security issues than low performers.
    • Taking an experimental approach to product development can improve your IT and organizational performance.
    • Undertaking a technology transformation initiative can produce sizeable cost savings for any organization.
  • 2015 State of DevOps ReportThe fourth annual State of DevOps Survey confirms that IT performance provides real business value. High-performing IT organizations have a strong and positive impact on the overall performance of the organizations they serve. This year’s report also tells us:

    • High-performing IT organizations deploy 30x more frequently with 200x shorter lead times; they have 60x fewer failures and recover 168x faster.
    • Lean management and continuous delivery practices create the conditions for delivering value faster and sustainably.
    • High performance is achievable whether your apps are greenfield, brownfield, or legacy.
    • IT managers play a critical role in any DevOps transformation.
    • Diversity matters.
    • Deployment pain can tell you a lot about your IT performance.
    • Burnout can be prevented, and DevOps can help.
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  • 2014 State of DevOps ReportThe third annual State of DevOps Survey introduced more questions so we could gain a better understanding of the impact IT performance and DevOps practices have on overall organizational performance, using metrics that matter to the business: profitability, market share, and productivity.

    • Strong IT performance is a competitive advantage.
    • DevOps practices improve IT performance.
    • Organizational culture matters.
    • Job satisfaction is the No. 1 predictor of organizational performance.
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  • 2013 State of DevOps ReportThe second annual survey results revealed accelerating adoption of DevOps practices in IT organizations across companies of all sizes. Sixty-three percent of respondents have implemented DevOps practices, a 26 percent increase in adoption rate since 2011.1

    Respondents from organizations that implemented DevOps reported improved software deployment quality and more frequent software releases. Our findings substantiate the business value of DevOps too: it enables high performance by increasing agility and reliability.

    We found that high performing organizations:

    • Ship code 30x faster
    • Complete those deployments 8,000x faster than their peers.
    • Have 50% fewer failures and restore service 12x faster than their peers.

    Respondents of both the 2011 and 2012 survey are likely to be early adopters, making the increase in DevOps adoption rate much more telling of the overall growth of DevOps during this time period. Not surprisingly, organizations that have implemented DevOps practices are up to five times more likely to be high performing than those that have not. In fact, the longer organizations have been using DevOps practices, the better their performance: the best are getting better.

DevOps Enterprise Forum

For three days at this private event, we gather 60 of the best thinkers and doers in the DevOps space to tackle the community’s toughest challenges. How do we determine these challenges? At the conclusion of our DevOps Enterprise Summits, we ask all attendees and speakers to answer a simple question: “As you return home from DevOps Enterprise, what is still your biggest challenge going forward?” We compile the responses and ask our gathering of thought leaders to collaborate and generate a piece of guidance with their best solutions to the challenges. The guidance is provided free to the community. See all the free white papers on our Forum Papers page.

Gene KimThe DevOps Enterprise Forum’s mission is to bring together technology leaders and facilitate a dialogue that solves problems and overcomes obstacles in the DevOps movement. Our goal is to create guidance on the best-known methods for overcoming these obstacles and to share that guidance with the technology community at large.

—Gene Kim, author, researcher, and founder of IT Revolution