What surprises will emerge in the fourth annual State of Database DevOps Survey?


Kendra Little, DevOps Advocate at Redgate Software, today urged database professionals to participate in the fourth annual State of Database DevOps Survey. The largest of its kind, the authoritative survey was first conducted in 2016 and the results, announced in January 2017, revealed some surprising facts that helped to shape the understanding and future of database development.

It showed, for example, that 75% of developers work across both applications and databases, highlighting a requirement for cross-platform database development tools to enable developers to work with their favored IDE.

In the 2018 survey, the imminent enforcement of the GDPR and a succession of news stories about data privacy breaches brought data protection to the fore. The survey revealed that two thirds of organizations used production data in their development or test environments, and 57% recognized that the data needed to be modified or masked before use in development or test environments.

In 2019, the survey revealed the increasing acceptance of cloud services, with 19% of organizations hosting their servers mostly or wholly in the cloud, and 31% using a combination of cloud and on-premises servers. Again, this brought up a requirement that tools and solutions should be able to be used in the same way, whether on-premises or in the cloud.

For Kendra Little, this is the real value of the survey. “Every year, the survey reveals the current zeitgeist around database development in general and DevOps in particular. It shows businesses the broad trends that are happening that they need to be aware of in order to keep up with their peers and then digs deeper so they can see how their database development practices compare.”

A new focus feature has now been added to the study to dig deeper into a particular area. This year, the spotlight is on learning more about the effect of Change Approval processes on database development. Are they onerous or useful? Do they help speed up development or slow it down? The answers will give organizations a clearer understanding of whether currently accepted business practices are contributing to or hindering their desire to adopt DevOps.

Kendra Little is also keen to hear from as wide a pool of respondents as possible. As she concludes: “If you do DevOps, we want to hear from, if you don’t do DevOps, we want to the hear from you. Whether you work with SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL or whatever, we’d like your opinions. That way, we’ll all get a clear picture of the challenges that database professionals are facing everywhere.”

The survey takes around 15 minutes to complete, and for every completed entry, Redgate will donate $1 to UNICEF. Everyone who participates will also be entered into a prize draw to win a new iPad Air 64GB.

The survey is open until the end of December and can be accessed online at Redgate.com/DevOpsSurvey.



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