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Weekly WiT (9/13/17): Nicole Forsgren, DevOps Research and Assessment

Woman in Tech of the Week (9/13/17)

Nicole Forsgren, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientist, DevOps Research and Assessment

Can an academic approach to analytics predict the best efficiencies for developer operations?

Fact: Seventy-one percent of businesses have adopted some form of DevOps to streamline software development and deployment, according to VersionOne Inc.’s 2017 “State of Agile Report.” The most popular DevOps tool is container technology from Docker Inc., according to a separate report from RightScale Inc., with 35 percent of respondents employing the virtualized method for running distributed software applications.

Do statistics like these give businesses a roadmap to an effective DevOps strategy? No, they don’t, according to Nicole Forsgren, chief executive officer and chief scientist of DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA). A peek into companies’ playbooks can be “interesting,” Forsgren said; but who knows if they’re scoring or not? DORA’s academically rigorous research is different, because it predicts which DevOps methods will yield business outcomes.

“We don’t say things like, ’27 percent of the industry is using configuration management,’” Forsgren said. Instead, DORA studies finer details of how companies perform DevOps, and most importantly, it measures their success rates. “Those other reports cannot say what is predictive of improvement,” she added.

Forsgren spoke with Jeff Frick (@JeffFrick), host of the theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile livestreaming studio, during the recent PagerDuty Summit in San Francisco, California.

This week, theCUBE spotlights Nicole Forsgren in our Women in Tech feature.

Read more about Nicole here and here.

Be sure to follow Nicole (@nicolefv) on Twitter, and check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of PagerDuty Summit.

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