Insights From the State of DevOps Report 2021

DevOps practice an intrinsic part of any organisation.

DevOps the masterstroke is an amalgamation of software development and IT operations. It has the supreme potency in reducing the time taken in the software development cycle. Accompanied with this, DevOps endorses an agile working environment, enhanced quality of the product, and renders reliable, rapid, and continuous delivery of niche software.

Since DevOps practice is a viable part of an organisation’s exponential growth, some powerful insights have been stated in a credible state of the DevOps body of research report released by Puppet.

They have a team of scholarly researchers who have proven to be at the top of their game. Their team exudes dynamism, diligence and has an inherent knack to find the best-researched data on DevOps as a whole.

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From their groundwork in this informative report released this year, some observations have been deduced.

To start with the report encompasses how organisation’s behaviors towards integrating DevOps practices in their services have evolved. Then, the possible reasons behind this change taking place.

What led to the organisation’s greater profitability and lastly the outcomes ascertained from not adopting advanced DevOps practice.

Few insightful facts derived from the state of DevOps report

A keen observation established in their profound research on companies adopting DevOps practices is that many companies have restricted their DevOps evolution to mid-level advancement. We could extract from their valuable research in the report that:

  • Only 78% of organizations from the total pie have only reached the middle-level DevOps practice. Followed this these organizations have not incorporated the latest DevOps features.
  • Another eye-opening discovery that the report had discovered was that out of these whopping 78% organizations: 30% of companies are high-mid, 39% are true-mid. The remaining 31% are low-mid.
  • The next observation in line with the report is that only a minor 8% of high evolving organizations use high-end DevOps practices for building their efficient, rapid, and seamless software.
  • A drooping 4% of the organizations are still integrating low-evolving strategies and technology in DevOps practices.

As per the report, an intermediate degree of DevOps evolution will act as a roadblock for these organizations in developing their robust software offering niche quality.

Therefore, a gateway for these mid-level evolution organizations to prosper will commence once they start adopting high-valued and sophisticated technology. Eventually, the remaining 4% of low-evolving DevOps organizations will implement high-evolving DevOps practices.

Once, they start realizing the power which quality DevOps practice holds.

Mid-evolution DevOps Organizations and their ways:

The extensive reports indicate that somewhere around 60% of the high-level organizations have been promoting a top-down approach. In this approach, the commands start at the top and work their way down at the bottom.  

Also, only a minor two percentage of the organizations show resistance towards adapting the modernized, high-tech level of DevOps practice. On the contrary, in the case of high mid, mid, and low-mid level organizations the reluctance in embodying DevOps has been 2, 3, and 5 percent actively and 13, 21, and 31 percent passively.

These statistics shown are a clear indication of why growth has been hindered in the mid-level organizations that are refraining from assimilating DevOps practice in their software development.


A suggestion mentioned in the reports is that organizations with higher DevOps evolution focus on inculcating advancements in their organization. That is why they believe in the integration of the latest cloud version and persuasive automation.

This ultra-modern technology facilitates agility and offers a vivacious user experience like never before. Highly-evolved companies have implemented extensive automation to a great extent and have thus secured a high-notch position in DevOps expansion. Whereas, 65% of mid-level organizations have incorporated automation in DevOps evolution, out of which only 20% have put the cloud potentials to its optimum use.

Automation and cloud

DevOps and cloud are a lethal combination that is joint at the hip. Deploying the cloud in DevOps projects has been touted to be a booster of software quality and efficiency. The gamut of benefits which this duo offers are firstly application development speed to delivery to meet the fast-growing demands of businesses. Secondly, clouding-based DevOps helps in lowering the costs for development, testing deployment, and operations. Lastly, this integration facilitates the fulfillment of user demands with agility.

How is clouding paving the path towards success for DevOps?

  • Centralized nature of Cloud computing: Cloud computing extends a standard platform for testing, deployment, and production provided for DevOps automation. Using such a centralized software platform eradicates the issues of distribution complexity and promotes uniformity.
  • DevOps and clouding, go hand-in-hand:  DevOps automation has emerged to be cloud-centric. This suggests that most public and private cloud computing service providers support DevOps on their platforms. Along with this, a dynamic feature of continuous delivery and integration is also provided by cloud providers for DevOps automation.
  • Lowered cost is always a bonus: Integration of cloud computing and DevOps automation lowers the cost of on-premises automation technology. Following this laying down a conducive environment of centralized governance which enhances the functioning of DevOps working.  Cloud computing propagates centralized governance in automation companies is welcomed by all companies. The reason being it keeps the functioning and regulation in an orderly manner.
  • Reduces the burden to account for all the resources being used: In cases where Cloud-based DevOps are used, cloud computing services can leverage usage-based accounting. This helps in keeping a precise track of resources used by applications, developers, users, and data. With the help of cloud-based tracking of leveraged resources, the data of the costs discharged in using these resources is more organized.
  • Speed it, till you make it: This benefit is imperative for DevOps to use its application technology to its full potential. Since the process of application development speeds up and gets simplified through cloud computing. This feature also aids lagging companies in combating the application development backlog. The worries for developers making capital purchases of hardware and software will stop now because latency issues will be dealt with by cloud computing.

Considering these exquisite benefits that cloud-based automated DevOps offer to an organization, this is the reason why adopting pervasive computing has proved beneficial to the high evolving organizations. Therefore, mid-evolving organizations should integrate cloud computing and automation to optimize their DevOps practice.

Adopting such advancements will help organizations deliver robustness, quality and derive the best out of DevOps. Only a little push is required for mid-evolving and low-evolving organizations to transform their software’s niche better. This will help these organizations in creating an abode of success, growth, and sustenance for themselves.

Exclusivity of the reports

To begin with, Puppet, being in the DevOps researching industry for ten years now, giving them a decent period to understand the nitty-gritty of DevOps practices.

In addition to this, near-around 40, 0000 adept technicians contributed to conducting a deep-rooted state of the DevOps body of research. This experience has helped them attain a position of the longest-running and widely preferred research organization.

Based on these power-packed, knowledge-inducing reports, certain prime observations have been mentioned that will help you gain clarity on the current pattern of DevOps practices in various organizations. These report insights will also provide you with an understanding of the evolutions emerging in DevOps and the reasons behind implementing automation coupled with cloud computing in DevOps.