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DevOps adoption rises to meet business, data privacy demands

DevOps adoption is increasing and spreading across organizations, bringing together application and database development, delivering business benefits, and helping companies comply with data privacy regulations.

That is the finding of new research from database software company Redgate Software. The 2019 State of Database DevOps Survey, based on a survey of more than 1,000 IT professionals worldwide, showed that 85 percent have either adopted DevOps or have plans to do so in the next two years.

Organizations are rolling out standard DevOps practices such as version control, continuous integration, and automated provisioning across both application and database teams, helping speed development and avoiding the database becoming a bottleneck.

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Joseph Galo, application support engineer at MobiTV, Inc., along with other engineers run the daily maintenance and procedures in the network operations center at the company's headquarters in Emeryville, California, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010. Photographer: Tony Avelar/Bloomberg

More than half of the organizations (57 percent) have already adopted DevOps across some or all of their projects, an increase of more than 20 percent since the first study in 2017. Furthermore, 52 percent think they can move to fully automated database DevOps within a year, a figure that rises to 83 percent for those organizations that have already adopted DevOps across all their other projects.

Some organizations are failing to move forward with DevOps, however, with 15 percent of those surveyed having no plans to introduce DevOps within the next two years. Of those, 40 percent cited a lack of awareness of the business benefits as the main obstacle to adoption.

For those organizations that have already embarked on the DevOps journey, the main challenge is disruption to existing workflows. Across all respondents, a lack of skills (22 percent) and disruption to business (21 percent) are the largest obstacles to success.

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