Redgate Highlights Who is Adopting
January 20, 2017
its newly published State of Database DevOps survey, Redgate Software
offers some fresh insights into who is adopting DevOps, and how many of
them are including the database. 1,000 companies and organizations from
around the world participated in the survey, over half of which employ
500 people or more. With an equal split of respondents at developer
level and manager level or above, the results present the most accurate
picture ever gathered of the true state of DevOps for the database
Chief among the findings is that 47% of respondents have already adopted
a DevOps approach to some or all of their projects – and a further 33%
plan to adopt it during the next two years. Notably, rates of current
adoption increase with company size, reaching 59% among companies with
over 10,000 employees. However, only one fifth of respondents are
applying DevOps practices like continuous delivery to their database, as
well as their application.
A deeper analysis of the results provides some fascinating details about
the sectors where DevOps is particularly favored. The highest levels of
adoption are in IT Services and Retail, with Finance and Healthcare not
Unsurprisingly, perhaps, there are lower levels of adoption in the
Government, Education, and Non-Profit sectors, where a higher number of
respondents also thought it unlikely they would adopt this new way of
working within the next two years.
Among those heading towards DevOps, the biggest barrier they face is a
lack of appropriate skills in the team, highlighting a need for more
education and training. For those respondents with no plans to move
towards a DevOps way of working, a lack of awareness of the business
benefits of DevOps is cited as the main obstacle, followed by a lack of
budget to spend on new tooling.
When it comes to integrating database changes into a DevOps process, the
main driver is to increase the speed of delivery of database changes.
However, as to be expected, priorities vary according to the role of
Developers want to be freed to do more value-added work, for example,
whereas database administrators are driven by a desire to reduce
application downtime and improve collaboration between development and
operations teams. IT directors and C-level executives are more concerned
with the need to minimize the risk of losing data.
the greatest challenge to database DevOps is seen to be applying
consistency across application and database development, 68% of those
who have already adopted DevOps practices say it would take less than a
year to move to a fully automated database development process.
The results of the survey are particularly useful for Redgate, which has
already helped many major companies and organizations extend DevOps
practices to SQL Server databases.
“We’ve been helping our customers to improve the way they make changes
to their databases for over 17 years now,” says Kate Duggan, Redgate
Product Marketing Manager. “This survey has highlighted that our
customers are facing increasing pressure to speed up the delivery of
software, and include the databases in the same processes they use for
their applications. It means we can ensure we’re in a good position to
help them overcome the particular challenges the database brings.”