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Maturing DevOps adoption increasingly embraces the database, new Redgate research finds

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DevOps adoption is increasing and spreading across organizations, bringing together application and database development, driving business benefits, and having a positive impact on compliance with data privacy regulations. These are the key findings of the third annual State of Database DevOps Survey, carried out by Redgate Software.

The 2019 survey reveals that 85% of the 1,000+ organizations surveyed have either adopted DevOps, or have plans to do so in the next two years, up from 82% in 2018. Standard DevOps practices, such as version control, continuous integration and automated provisioning are being rolled out across both application and database teams, helping speed development and avoiding the database becoming a bottleneck. Overall, 57% of organizations surveyed have already adopted DevOps across some or all of their projects, a rise of over 20% since the first study, published in 2017.

This progress over the past three years backs up other research like the 2018 Accelerate State of DevOps Report, which called out database development for the first time as key to high performance in DevOps. Leading organizations in the Redgate survey understand this, with 23% seeing traditional database practices increasing the risk of failed deployments, and 20% citing slow development and release cycles as major issues with non-DevOps approaches.

Showing the increased appetite for change, over half of organizations (52%) believe they can move to fully automated database DevOps within a year, a figure that rises to 83% for those that have already adopted DevOps across all their other projects.

However, a hardcore of organizations are failing to move forward with DevOps. 15% of those surveyed have no plans to introduce DevOps within the next two years, with 40% of these citing lack of awareness of the business benefits as the main obstacle to adoption. For those who have already embarked on their DevOps journey, the main challenge is disruption to existing workflows. Across all respondents, a lack of skills (22%) and disruption to business (21%) are highlighted as the largest obstacles to success.

The importance of meeting increasingly strict compliance requirements is also a key driver for database DevOps. 61% of organizations think it has a positive impact on meeting regulatory requirements, rising to 66% amongst those who have already adopted it.

Commenting on the findings, Mary Robbins, Redgate Product Marketing Manager, says: “Our third annual survey finds that DevOps adoption is maturing across many leading organizations, with developers, DBAs and other stakeholders working together and adopting common DevOps practices to drive business benefits. However, the picture is also becoming more nuanced – some organizations and sectors seem to be turning their back on the advantages of DevOps, affecting their competitiveness and productivity.”

This is disappointing because those organizations which are adopting DevOps are seeing the introduction of common practices across both application and database development. Version control is now used by 83% of respondents for application development, and 55% for database development, rising steadily from 81% and 53% respectively in 2018. And the use of continuous integration in development has increased even more, from 40% (application) and 21% (database) to 53% and 27%. This in turn is leading to increased usage of third party tools across DevOps processes.

This closer collaboration between developers and DBAs is essential to successful DevOps, and the survey found that traditional barriers are continuing to break down. 62% of respondents said that collaboration between DBAs and developers was ‘Great’ or ‘Good’, rising to 76% amongst those that have adopted DevOps across all projects. 77% of organizations have developers responsible for both database and application development, although this varies by industry and company size, with larger businesses and those in financial services, healthcare and government more likely to have dedicated database developers.

The 2019 State of Database DevOps Survey was based on a survey of over 1,000 IT professionals from around the world. 59% were based in North America, with 24% in Europe and Russia. 48% worked for organizations employing up to 500 staff, with 10% of respondents working for companies with 1,000+ employees.

To download the full 2019 State of Database DevOps Survey, which includes a foreword from Donovan Brown, Principal DevOps Manager at Microsoft, please visit Redgate online. Donovan Brown will also be discussing the findings of the survey in a special webinar on Tuesday 19 February at 4pm GMT. More details can found on the GoToWebinar page.

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Cubic’s Trafficware Upgrades City of Cupertino with Central Transportation Management System

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Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB) today announced that Trafficware, which operates within its Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) business division, was selected by the city of Cupertino, Californiato deliver its ATMS Transportation Management System to manage traffic across the city. The agreement includes services to install as well as integrate existing and new intersection traffic controllers citywide.

As the world’s most advanced central management system, ATMS distinguishes itself by offering intelligent, data-rich intersection management and the most complete set of functionalities across its two dozen modules. It is the only system of its kind with a business intelligence layer. The system incorporates a flexible architecture, supporting multiple manufacturers’ devices as well as integration with other transportation systems.

ATMS brings traffic network data into a single repository for a real-time, 360-degree view of network traffic operations and is a powerful performance and engineering tool that features capabilities developed from direct input from hundreds of ATMS customers from all over the world.

“Trafficware has been fortunate to be the technology provider of choice for innovative cities such as Cupertino,” said Jeff Spinazze, vice president of sales – Trafficware, Cubic Transportation Systems. “We are pleased that Cupertino is joining Silicon Valley ATMS customers, such as Palo Alto and Santa Clara County as well as the three dozen others across California, and we welcome them into the Cubic family.”

The City of Cupertino will be able to leverage its investment for years after its implementation. ATMS is a platform for Smart Cities technology and future expansion into connected/autonomous vehicles; SynchroGreen adaptive signal control; transit signal priority for buses; and Internet of Things (IoT) edge technologies to measure and improve the overall flow of traffic. It is designed to scale as an agency expands its specific needs.

Cubic’s Trafficware has more than 300 major ATMS installations with equipment deployed at more than 50,000 intersections globally. Cities such as HoustonJacksonvilleOklahoma City, New Haven, Orlando and Cairo, Egypt rely on the ATMS system for complex transportation networks as do the states of New YorkLouisiana and South Carolina and some of the largest counties in the U.S.

 

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Global Survey Shows Travellers Still Struggle With Lack of Information About Delayed and Cancelled Flights, Says Cirium

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  • New survey reveals well over a third of travellers have had to pay more to make alternative travel plans following a delayed flight
  • Nearly two thirds would be likely to use an app which alerted family, friends and work colleagues if their flight was disrupted
  • Cirium, the aviation data and analytics experts, say flight delays and cancellations cost airlines over US$30bn a year

Over a third of global travellers (36%) say they don’t get enough information about delayed and cancelled flights, according to aviation and data analytics experts at Cirium.

A new survey for Cirium reveals the impact of flight delays and cancellations and the need for better management of flight disruption, with more communication via proactive flight updates for affected passengers.

Almost two thirds (61%) of those surveyed said that they would be likely to use an app which alerted their friends, family or company about their delay.

In 2018, approximately 3.9 million flights – or 10,700 a day – were delayed by over 30 minutes or cancelled globally, affecting more than 470 million passenger journeys around the world.

Flight delays and cancellation cost airlines globally US$30bn a year in lost revenue, in addition to costs borne by their passengers.

Airline flight delays and cancellations are caused by a wide range of factors, such as technical issues with aircraft, bad weather, air traffic control problems, strikes, medical diversions and congested airports, among many others.

The global YouGov study conducted for Cirium in the UK, US, UAE and China, showed more than a third of travellers worldwide (35%) who had experienced a delayed or cancelled flight, did not find it easy to change their travel plans, with well over a third (40%) left out of pocket after being forced to pay more to make alternative travel plans.

Airlines also had to bear the massive cost of disruption with flight delays and cancellations costing the equivalent of US$7 for every departing passenger – slightly less than the airline’s net profit per person per departing flight.

Jeremy Bowen, Cirium Chief Executive Officer, said: Flight delays and cancellations are an unfortunate aspect of modern air travel and can have a big impact on travellers, whether flying for business or leisure. We recognize that the cost of disruption for airlines is also a significant problem. While our survey reveals well over a third of passengers still have to pay more for alternative travel plans, airlines can proactively issue flight alerts ahead of travel and re-allocate tickets without fees to take the sting out of flight disruption. We all want to travel stress free and get people to where they want to go, which is why at Cirium we work closely with airlines around the world on initiatives which reduce the impact of disrupted flights.”

The survey revealed nearly two thirds (57%) of those polled only found out about their flight delay or cancellation once they had reached the airport. When asked 29% said that they would prefer to be informed about a delay through a text alert with another two thirds (61%) saying they would use an app which alerted their friends, family or company about their delay.

More than double (48%) said that they would be most frustrated if their leisure flight was delayed or cancelled compared to the 21% who would be most frustrated if a business flight was cancelled.

Over a third of global travellers would be most sympathetic if a flight was disrupted due to bad weather (35%) followed by technical issues with their aircraft (30%). However, only a tiny 5% would be most sympathetic with delays or cancellations due to problems caused by air traffic control.

Cirium enables the wider travel industry to manage the impact of disruption with intelligent data and analytics solutions. For example, Cirium analyzes more than 70 million passenger journeys annually to provide meaningful insights and keep the travel industry in motion.

This data is used by a wide range of customers, such as airlines and airports, to improve the travel experience by smart devices and metasearch engines, like Google, Amazon and Expedia, to provide information directly to passengers, enabling them to make more informed choices when on the move.

Cirium’s data and analytics divisions have been the first to bring innovative solutions to market, such as the first to automate the ticket waiver process during times of flight delays and cancellations.

It employs over 400 technologists, analysts, data scientists and market experts in the UK, US, EuropeMiddle EastIndiaand Asia-Pacific.

The group has significantly grown in recent years with the acquisition of leading data intelligence companies, including Ascend, Innovata, Diio and FlightStats.

 

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Attest Raises $16 Million to Take the Guesswork Out of Growth for Consumer Businesses

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Attest, the London-based technology startup launched to enable every business to be consumer-focussed, today announced a $16 million Series-A investment round to expand their Consumer Growth Platform.

Attest’s Consumer Growth Platform enables companies to engage directly with over 100 million consumers across 80 countries, in as little as 90 seconds. The platform is used by consumer businesses, to learn, measure and grow ever-faster, across ideas, departments and teams.

The financing was led by leading global venture capital firm NEA headquartered in Menlo Park, California, with participation from existing investors Oxford Capital and Episode 1 Ventures. Crystal Huang, Principal at NEA, will join the Attest board of directors.

The Attest platform is designed for any business looking to unlock its full growth potential, by engaging real consumers to uncover the right decisions.

Jeremy King, Founder and CEO of Attest, said: “Businesses are constantly seeking new ways to understand trends, grow in new markets, and explore innovations – however 99% of the questions businesses would love to explore go unanswered. Attest is designed to solve that, replacing the guesswork with facts, for all consumer businesses everywhere.

“Our team is so excited to work with NEA and their global scale. NEA share our vision for helping consumer businesses discover predictable, repeatable growth by enabling anyone to get much closer to consumers and real inputs than has ever been possible before.

“Attest is built to deliver the most powerful, unique insights that can help every business unlock their greatest growth opportunities. Attest can deliver over 467% return on investment; it’s a huge new capability, now open to all.”

This financing comes hot on the heels of a year of dramatic growth for Attest, with recurring revenues climbing 1,800% across 2018, and the Attest team more than doubling in size from 20 to over 50. The company’s expanding client roster has added notable brands such as Heineken, Walgreens Boots, Samsung, Fever-Tree, Discovery and Transferwise.

The new capital also accelerates Attest’s growth in North America with the opening of a new office in New York, while expanding engineering, product and design teams to deliver ever-more intuitive and predictive insights; supporting Attest’s mission to enrich consumer understanding for all.

“We’ve been exploring innovations within the consumer growth and insights space for a while,” said Crystal Huang, Principal at NEA. “The traditional research market is worth $76 Billion, and yet it only serves a fraction of those who would benefit from fast and reliable consumer insights. Attest has a tremendous vision, thoughtful culture, ambitious team and impressive traction, which puts them in a position to accelerate the delivery and adoption of a category-defining and market-expanding platform. Our investment in Attest also reflects our enthusiasm for the UK tech ecosystem and eagerness to continue investing in this region going forward.”

Attest combines power and simplicity into an all-in-one SaaS platform. “It’s always been easy to guess or project, but now it’s possible for anyone to simply ask detailed consumer groups for their input directly. Not just any consumers, the real people that matter most for each decision. We’re democratising, demystifying and accelerating consumer intelligence.”

Jamie Cooke, Chief of Staff EMEA at Discovery, added “Attest gives us agility and empowerment, bringing the consumer and people in the organisation doing the work together in a faster, more direct and intuitive way than our traditional ways of doing things. Attest is a catalyst for changing the culture of our company.”

Jeremy King concluded “We believe that unique consumer insights and understanding hold the key to long-term business success, and we’re on a mission to place real consumers into daily decision-making for every business. Most importantly, we do this in ways that suit consumers; constantly respectful of time and privacy, all via beautiful interfaces. We aspire to be leading global business, and that take a great leap forward today.”

 

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