Google publishes its 2021 Accelerate State of DevOps report

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The report shows a significant increase in public cloud use. Also, companies with a multi-cloud strategy perform much better.

This week Google released the results of its Accelerate State of DevOps report on Tuesday. The key take-aways from the report target “burnout” and “team performance”. In addition, the report showed that people who use hybrid or multi-cloud were 1.6 times more likely to exceed their organizational performance targets. 

Google assembled the report over the past seven years. During that time, they surveyed more than 32,000 professionals worldwide. This makes their Accelerate State of DevOps reports the largest and longest-running research of its kind.

Focus on “elite” software delivery professionals

Dustin Smith, research lead with Google Cloud’s DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) team, commented on the results in a blog post. “Our research continues to illustrate that excellence in software delivery and operational performance drives organizational performance in technology transformations,” he writes.

“This year we also investigated the effects of SRE best practices, a secure software supply chain, quality documentation, and multicloud—all while gaining a deeper understanding of how this past year affected team’s culture and burnout.”

Google used four metrics to classify teams as elite, high, medium or low performers. The classification was based on their software delivery. That means deployment frequency, lead time for changes, mean-time-to-restore, and change fail rate.

“This year we saw that elite performers continue to accelerate their pace of software delivery,” Smith says. This group decreased their lead time for changes from less than one day to less than one hour. Moreover, elite performers deploy 973x more frequently than low performers, according to the report. They also have a 6570x faster lead time to deploy, a 3x lower change failure rate, and a 6570x faster time-to-recover from incidents when failure does happen.

Cloud adoption drives performance

Teams continue to move workloads to the cloud, Smith writes. And those that leverage all five capabilities of cloud see increases in SDO performance, as well as in organizational performance. Multicloud adoption is also on the rise, according to the survey. This is so that teams can leverage the unique capabilities of each provider.

Indeed, Google found that respondents who use hybrid or multicloud were 1.6 times more likely to exceed their organizational performance targets.