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Tripwire founder and The Phoenix Project author Gene Kim took the stage at DOES16 in San Francisco to energize an audience of 1,300 attendees by sharing the real successes organizations that adopt a DevOps approach to software development are experiencing. Confirming what those in the crowd likely already know, Kim asserted that it is with good reason that DevOps continues to be a trending topic. Not only are organizations that embrace a DevOps transition seeing results, but there are empirical numbers that back up the assertion that DevOps actually works. And what's more, "the impact is far larger than we ever thought," Kim said.
The tangible benefits of DevOps adoption
According to survey data collected from attendees of the DevOps Enterprise Summit, enterprises are seeing measurable improvement across a variety of metrics. Deployments are 200 times more frequent, and lead times for change deployments are 2,555 times shorter. Furthermore, these changes are reportedly three times less likely to fail and issues that do arise are corrected 24 times faster.
And the benefits extend into the nonfunctional arena as well. The statistics Kim has gathered indicates that those who have embraced DevOps spend 50% less time remediating security issues; a testament to the benefit of having teams working together, promoting greater visibility across projects, and subsequently delivering higher software quality. And continuing on the nonfunctional theme, organizations that embrace DevOps are twice as likely to exceed profitability, gain market share and achieve productivity goals.
Gene Kimfounder, Tripwire
Furthermore, DevOps participants are over two times more likely to state that they enjoy working for their employer, a sentiment that inevitably will help attract and maintain top talent.
And while it's standard at conferences like the DevOps Enterprise Summit to hear about the successful transitions of the big Bay Area behemoths like LinkedIn and Google, there are far more unsung successes taking place in the small and medium-size organizations that make up the vast majority of the global IT workforce. Internal development teams in a vast variety of sectors are capturing the benefits of a DevOps transition, which often leads to a greater Agile transformation for the organization as a whole.
Making DevOps transitions a reality
Of course, the objective of DOES16 is not to simply promote the benefits of DevOps, but to help attendees gain insights into how they can either instigate a DevOps transition of their own, or to acquire tips and best practices that will help smooth out any bumps they may have hit in the road. As a result, the conference itself has developed four key tracks for attendees, namely leading change, designing organizations around DevOps, filling security and compliance gaps, and finally a track to explore modern DevOps architectures. And with insights into these key areas, attendees will leave ready to leave with new skills that will help their organizations move forward with DevOps transformations of their own.
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