January 28, 2014

Continuous Delivery is the New Normal

Continuous Delivery

Continuous Delivery is getting a lot of media play these days. Yet a number of industry analysts are holding firm to the belief that only a handful of companies are actually practicing it.

We beg to differ.

From our unique vantage point, we’ve seen a quite a number of companies that have been practicing Continuous Delivery for several years. A few examples are Salesforce.com, New York Stock Exchange and our many gaming industry customers like CCP Games. In fact, we had more than 150 nominations in the category of “Best Practice of Continuous Delivery on Perforce” for our 2013 Versionary Awards.

To find out how broadly adopted Continuous Delivery is, we commissioned an independent research firm, Evans Data, to field a survey of 600 developers, development managers and executives. The study indicates that Continuous Delivery has really taken off.

  • 65% say their companies have migrated at least one project/team to Continuous Delivery practices.
  • While 28% say their company is practicing Continuous Delivery across ALL projects and teams, 46% think their competitors are already doing it. Companies are feeling a lot of competitive pressure to release better products faster.
  • 80% of SaaS companies are doing Continuous Delivery, compared to 51% of non-SaaS companies (like boxed or on-premise software, embedded systems or hardware, industrial goods, etc.)

What’s the hardest thing about Continuous Delivery? Depends on whom you ask. SaaS companies think the biggest obstacle is a lack of skilled personnel. For non-SaaS companies, it’s getting automation technologies to integrate.

Nearly everyone agrees on the vital role of the collaboration platform (version management, build automation, code review, etc) in achieving Continuous Delivery. 96% said it’s important and 40% said it’s extremely important. No argument here, of course.

To see all the findings from our survey, get the full report here.