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Rebel Labs recently released a productivity report indicating DevOps is a key initiative for 2013 with tangible benefits for engineers, managers, and businesses. The report includes findings in the following categories: the work week, application failures/responses, tools, and software releases. Rebel Labs' message is summed up as follows in the report:

DevOps as a cultural and technological methodology should be a pure win for most organizations--although how painful the path will be getting there depends on different factors.
According to the report, DevOps cultures win because of the following:
  • DevOps teams spend more time than traditional IT Ops automating repetitive tasks, improving infrastructure, working on self improvement, and doing social activities. 
  • DevOps teams are twice as likely to recover from failures in less than 10 minutes when compared to traditional IT Ops.
  • DevOps teams release software in half as much time as traditional IT Ops.
Rebel Labs also pointed out the productivity tools DevOps teams are using in their tactics. The most reportedly used tools include the following in their respective categories:
  • Test Automation: Selenium, Junit
  • Infrastructure Configuration: Puppet, Chef
  • Monitoring: Nagios
  • Scripting Languages: Bash Shell Script, Python, Ruby, Perl
  • Popular Editors: Vi/Vim/Gvim
Rebel Labs generated the above statistics and comparisons by surveying 620 self selected contacts with an acknowledged bias towards the java platform.
Oliver white presented findings from the report in a 5 min presentation at DevOps Days Austin 2013. His message was clearly about DevOps winning over traditional IT Ops. In addition to the report itself, rebel labs has posted a short video with a graphical summary of each report section.

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