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Puppet's_company_logoHigh-performing IT organizations deploy apps and software updates 200 times more frequently than low performers, with lead times that are 2,555 times faster, according to the just-released fifth annual State of DevOps Report, from Portland-based software-automation firm Puppet and research firm DevOps Research and Assessment LLC.

“The DevOps mantra of continuous improvement is both exciting and real, pushing companies to be their best and leaving behind those who do not continuously improve,” the pollsters wrote in the free 56-page survey. “The high performers are really pulling away from the pack.”

Puppet CIO Nigel Kersten added in a statement, “There’s a huge delta between organizations that ‘get it’ and are able to ship software on demand, and those that take days, weeks or even years to ship simple upgrades. We hope the report helps organizations identify inhibitors to change.”

High performers recover from failures 24 times faster than low performers, according to the survey, which included responses from 4,600 technical professionals. And high performers do less unplanned work — work that arises because of an emergency or adoran unanticipated failure. Only 20 percent of their work is unplanned, versus 30 percent among low performers.

Most of the respondents had used as their server OSes some strain of enterprise Linux (69 percent), Windows 2012 (53 percent), Windows 2008 (44 percent) or the Debian or Ubuntu variants of Linux (44 percent). About 78 percent of respondents are using as many as four operating systems.

“DevOps is no longer a mere fad or buzzword but an understood set of practices and cultural patterns,” the survey concluded.

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