Trends Report

Software Application Release Frequency Is Getting Faster Worldwide

June 22nd, 2020

Summary

Developers and operations professionals take note: Release speeds are increasing, suggesting the influence of DevOps. Looking at Forrester’s release frequency data for 2016, 2018, and 2019, it’s clear that release frequencies are getting faster, with decreases in annual and vendor-locked cadences; today, the most common frequencies are quarterly and semiannual, while daily or faster frequencies are still rare. The most rapid frequencies are growing the fastest; the relative proportion of organizations claiming to deploy daily or multiple times a day has doubled over the past four years. If you’re considering or in the process of adopting DevOps, decide which applications in your portfolio would benefit most from an increase in release cadence.

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