State of DevOps 2019 Survey, Sponsored by CloudBees, Shows Higher Percentage of Top-Performing DevOps Teams Use Open Source Software

2019 Accelerate State of DevOps Report Shows that Highest Performing DevOps Teams Use Open Source Software More than Others

CloudBees logoSAN JOSE, CA. – September 17, 2019 – **** CloudBees , the enterprise DevOps leader powering the continuous economy, highlighted recent findings in the 2019 Accelerate State of DevOps Report . The survey was conducted by DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA), a pioneer in helping organizations achieve high DevOps and organizational performance with data-driven insights, and Google Cloud, and sponsored by CloudBees and others. The results showed that a higher percentage of top performing teams in enterprise organizations are using open source software. Additionally, the proportion of Elite performers (highest performing teams) nearly tripled from last year, showing that DevOps capabilities are driving performance.

These findings reflect organizations’ increased willingness to embrace investments in technology to deliver value and the use of open source – even in highly regulated, traditionally cautious industries such as financial services. Openness provides vendors with a strong community for benefits like information sourcing, recruiting, and improved security, and since organizations get access to the source code with open source, they can freely customize software applications to fit their specific business requirements.

“The survey results bear out what we have always known. The use of open source software in DevOps has become strategic for organizations of all sizes,” said Sacha Labourey, CEO and co-founder, CloudBees. “At CloudBees, open source is in our DNA and is the premise of the CloudBees products. Open source provides a jumpstart in developing applications and accelerating time to delivery. It also enables organizations to benefit from the innovation of a larger community, as well as contribute their own innovation back to the community. Everyone benefits.”

Labourey himself is an open source advocate, having served as a leader of Red Hat’s JBoss middleware division prior to founding CloudBees in 2010. CloudBees is an open source pioneer, providing Jenkins-based, continuous delivery solutions that are secure, open tool chain-enabled and scalable across IT environments. CloudBees, along with Google Cloud, is also a founding member of the Continuous Delivery Foundation , a vendor-neutral home for leading open source continuous delivery-related projects.

The 2019 Accelerate State of DevOps Report showed that Elite and High performing teams report strong use of open source software. This echoes findings from earlier research, showing that Elite performers were 1.75 times more likely to make extensive use of open source than low performers, and were 1.5 times more likely to plan to expand their use of open source software.

“The strongest concentration of fully proprietary software is seen in low performers, while the lowest concentration is seen in high performers,” said Dr. Nicole Forsgren, lead research scientist for the 2019 Accelerate State of DevOps Report. “Proprietary software may be valuable, but it comes at great cost to maintain and support. It’s no surprise that the highest performers have moved away from this model. Companies should be thoughtful about which software provides strategic value to organizations, and which is merely utility. By addressing their utility needs with COTS solutions and minimizing customization, high performers save their resources for strategic software development efforts.”

HSBC, one of the world’s largest banking and financial institutions, is a good example of an innovative, forward-thinking organization using open source and CloudBees’ technologies to transform its business and deliver value to customers. A longtime customer of CloudBees , HSBC is creating new applications and services in a multi-cloud environment using the latest versions of CloudBees Core and Jenkins.

“Financial services organizations like ours see open source and the cloud as strategic opportunities to embrace, rather than a risk to shy away from,” said Dinesh Keswani, Chief Technology Officer, Shared Services, HSBC. “The use of open platforms for our DevOps teams enables us to innovate on new applications, especially in the banking retail space, and rearchitect legacy applications to be more agile in the cloud. Creating new services that can be deployed on demand and easily updated are less of a risk than maintaining monolithic applications that can’t be changed.”

CloudBees reinforced its commitment to open source and open development practices recently through its partnership with Google Cloud . The two industry leaders announced plans to collaborate on the delivery of a modern DevOps platform based on open source technologies powered by Google Cloud’s Anthos hybrid and multi-cloud platform.

Other organizations also see the benefit to open source software. “All companies are now software companies. In the race to out-innovate competitors they’ve put open source software at the core of their digital transformations as the only way to truly keep up in today’s world,” said Derek Weeks, VP and DevOps advocate at Sonatype. “But, open source doesn’t come without the need to consider quality across suppliers. As the need for open source in the enterprise grows, companies must understand what open source they’re using and where it is being used."

“In an effort to address and overcome complexities, we are seeing a dramatic shift in the future of the modern application stack as companies look to multi-cloud and open source technologies, like Kubernetes,” said John Coyle, VP of business and corporate development. “Open source empowers our customers to scale and build at the rate they need, with the support of the community as opposed to a siloed approach that limits the growth that could be achieved otherwise.”

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