As we near the end of 2014 there is one tech management term that you will have heard over and over again – DevOps!

I can guarantee that every conference, vendor, tech analyst, tech journalist and I&O professional will have used the term DevOps at least a dozen times this year. If you haven’t –  then why not? DevOps is the pot of gold over the rainbow, the promise of a better world in which development and operations pros work together in perfect harmony making the world a better place. In fact, DevOps is the only thing that should be on your wish list this Thanksgiving and festive season! ok, ok, I am going over the top a bit – sorry, sometimes my British sarcasm takes over!

The reality is that during 2014, we have seen a lot of talk about about DevOps but not that much walk or actionable recommendations. Every ‘DevOps expert’ likes to give and discuss their own point of view but while these discussions are interesting, they are not really moving our industry forward.

We want to change this – hence we are currently working on The Modern Service Delivery Playbook which will be released in 2015. This will provide guidance on what DevOps really means for Ops professionals and provide practical actions that you can take to move to a modern service delivery approach (note: not a DevOps approach as the required practices are bigger than the sum of development and operations).

As part of this research we want to benchmark the current state of modern service delivery and so we are inviting you to take our survey which should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete:

All responses will be completely anonymous and in exchange for contributing to this research, you will be offered a free complimentary copy of the October 2, 2014 report, “The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective DevOps”. Written by Amy DeMartine and Kurt Bittner, this report presents the seven main principles of DevOps that have been proven by some of the most dominant technology innovators in the world.  

As always, we welcome any comments or questions as to this research or Playbook.

John, Amy and Eveline