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Time Is Running Out To Take The Puppet Labs DevOps Survey

This is a guest post written by Nigel Kersten, CTO of Puppet Labs, a Rackspace partner that makes IT automation software enables system administrators to deliver the operational agility and efficiency of cloud computing at enterprise-class service levels, scaling from handfuls of nodes on-premise to tens of thousands in the cloud.

There are only a few days left to have your voice heard in Puppet Labs’ 2013 DevOps Survey.

So far, we’ve had more than 6,000 responses, and we’re excited about the rich data we’re gathering.

Last year, we at Puppet Labs partnered with IT Revolution Press to survey more than 4,000 IT professionals across a wide range of businesses to better understand how the collection of practices we call DevOps had evolved since the term was first coined by Patrick Debois in 2009.

We also spent the month of December 2013 publishing great content from all around the DevOps community.

We heard from good friends like Gene Kim, who explained why we need DevOps now, and Mitch Hashimoto, who talked about how to build a stronger DevOps culture with Puppet and Vagrant. We also contributed our own content, including a post from Max Martin on how our tools and practices align (or not) with DevOps culture and practices. We even got a configuration management carol comic from Patrick DeBois.

The survey was a great success, and we learned quite a few things from this data. For me, the most interesting result was the undeniable fact that actual adoption of DevOps practices had accelerated significantly, that this acceleration was no longer primarily restricted to web operations, and that these practices enabled companies of all sizes to ship code faster and with fewer failures.

Given all this, it was a no-brainer to run the survey again this year.

We just concluded our second annual DevOps December, during which we publishing blog posts, held webinars and shared podcasts about DevOps culture and practices. And we are excited to be joined again by Gene Kim, John Willis and James Turnbull, as well as contributors from inside Puppet Labs, including our project management team and community lead Dawn Foster.

The survey is available now, and we’re offering a great incentive to participate: When you complete the survey, we’ll enter you in a drawing to win a PlayStation 4 and XBox One (you read that right: both). Also, as an added incentive, this week we’re raffling off $100 Amazon gift cards each night among those who have completed the survey. So if you want to fill out your survey, or complete one that’s incomplete, now is the time. Winners will be announced each night at 8 p.m. PT

Join us in taking the Puppet Labs DevOps Survey. The survey closes on Friday, so hurry if you want your thoughts on DevOps to be heard.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Nigel Kersten.

Nigel came to Puppet Labs from Google HQ in Mountain View, where he was responsible for the design and implementation of one of the largest Puppet deployments in the world. He's been a sysadmin for Linux and Mac deployments since before Mac OS became a UNIX, and was voted one of the 25 Most Influential People in the Mac Technical Community in 2006.


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