Half of organizations struggle with DevOps startup

Half of organizations struggle with DevOps startup

High-performance teams work with cloud solutions, engineering teams need space for experiments, almost every second company can improve its practices with the help of DevOps. These and other findings emerge from a survey by Nagarro. […]

With the new State of DevOps Report 2021, Nagarro presents the results analysis of a survey in which 180 companies participated and anonymously shared their feedback.  The approach, which has been pursued for some time in insider communities, has arrived in the mainstream. Today, DevOps is a topic of corporate culture. In the interplay of lean, agile principles with technical tools and practices, DevOps is an indicator of innovation and performance, as the survey confirms.

The survey, designed by Nagarro Quality DevOps Practice Lead Jürgen Pointinger, combines the methods of the well-known DORA reports with the experience from Nagarro DevOps practice. Around 63 questions were answered by international participants from large companies (65 percent with more than 1,000 employees) and SMEs (approx. 30 Percent with more than 10 employees). Three quarters of the respondents have engineering teams with 5 to 19 people in use. The evaluation focused on the areas of culture, organizational and team structures, architecture, automation, test methods and cloud. “In summary, we see from the survey that more than two-thirds of respondents are still at the beginning or in the middle of their DevOps development. The industry needs a DevOps kickstart,” Jürgen Pointinger is convinced.

Few high performers, a lot of potential

The criteria speed and stability defined in the DevOps approach provide a picture of the unused potential. According to the Nagarro survey, deployment frequency, the indicator of software renewal, time-to-market and willingness to experiment, is in the middle range for 28 percent of respondents. Around 42 percent have either not started yet, or are having difficulties with it. Only 30 percent are high performers in terms of a successful software deployment frequency.

On the time axis, in terms of the duration until the commissioning of new software products (Lead time for change), around 18 percent state that it takes up to 6 months. In the middle evaluation field, around 46 percent of companies require between one and four weeks to start a new release. “There is a lot of optimization potential left by the wayside and you could save time, which is needed for more experiments,” points out Pointinger.

In terms of lack of stability (change fail rate), a very important aspect of software quality, disproportionate failures and complications occur in around a quarter of companies (more than 15 percent of releases). Around 65 percent of the companies surveyed say they can restore their software within one day (time to restore).

Autonomy, Automation and Cloud

The Nagarro DevOps Report also paints an interesting picture of current wishes in the team and work culture. For example, concerns such as the freedom to explore new topics, trust and autonomy in teams and the desire for time-saving processes are classified as important. For example, 90 percent are in favor of collective code access and the automatable provision of software products is also very popular: “The survey shows that in high-performance teams, the use of fully automated deployments is 89 percent and they have a cloud acceptance rate of 100 percent,” says the Nagarro DevOps expert.

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