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

Betty Tűndik



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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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DoubleDutch Partners with Boomset to Deliver Best-in-Class Onsite Event Management Solutions

Vlad Poptamas



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DoubleDutch, the leading Live Engagement Marketing platform, today announced the partnership with Boomset, a cutting-edge technology platform and app provider for event planners to solve their challenges related to on-site registration, session management, badge printing, and managing disparate systems.

The integration between Boomset and the DoubleDutch Registration Platform offers planners and their attendees a full spectrum of event tools including event website and registration management, onsite check-in, badge printing, session management, and robust reporting.

“An attendee’s interaction with a company’s brand begins months – sometimes years – before the event happens and that is why we are thrilled to announce our partnership with DoubleDutch,” said Kerem Baran, CEO of Boomset. “What we love most of all about this integration is the shared vision that technology should enable – not impede – an event’s overall purpose: to create impactful connections and meaningful live experiences.”

Using the Boomset-DoubleDutch event stack gives way to a comprehensive event management experience before the event even starts. The platforms synchronize to ensure event efficiency and mitigate challenges associated with using disparate systems. In a few clicks, Boomset pulls all event registration data into its platform. This is critical for registration pages that stay up while the event is taking place as well as eliminating manual steps associated with manual list imports.

“We are excited to continue growing our ecosystem of best-in-class technology partners with the addition of Boomset,” said Denise Jacobs, Director of Alliances at DoubleDutch. “Boomset has been making a splash in the industry over the years. After experiencing their technology live and getting to know the team, it was an easy choice to partner. On-site registration is a critical component of our customer’s event strategy and we knew it was a something we needed to incorporate into our tech stack.”

DoubleDutch continues to deliver a truly differentiated experience from the moment an attendee discovers an event through registration to the onsite check-in and badging process. The integrated solution is currently available to customers leveraging the DoubleDutch Registration Platform or the Boomset Solutions Platform.


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Industry first AI-powered video analytics from Talkwalker finds the other half of conversations brands have been missing

Vlad Poptamas



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Talkwalker, the world’s leading social listening and analytics platform, today became the first and only solution in the industry to offer brands and agencies AI-powered video analytics. This, combined with Talkwalker’s advanced social media analytics and award-winning image recognition, can discover up to 3x the number of brand mentions. Providing clients with a 360° view of their brands in motion, and a complete text, image, and video analytics solution.

By 2021, Cisco predicts 80% of internet traffic will be video. Talkwalker now analyzes up to 2,000 images and videos per second, to ensure brands have the data they need to track social mentions and conversations they would otherwise miss.

This comes, as Talkwalker reinforces their industry leadership through artificial intelligence driven insights. Following the successful launch of their image recognition 3 years ago, they continue to lead in technical innovation, and invest further in the Talkwalker AI EngineVideo recognition is just one of the developments that has arisen from this investment.

“We’re such a visually-driven society, especially among Millennials and Gen Z. So many moments happen in video, it’s crucial for brands to be a part of these customer conversations,” says Talkwalker CEO Americas, Todd Grossman. “We found that up to 98% of videos with detected brand logos didn’t mention the brand name. No company could monitor them — until now. Our revolutionary technology finds consumer video insights to create campaigns with maximum impact, prevent brand crises by tracking critical videos, and measure the true ROI of sponsorship campaigns.”


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River Logic’s Rohan Guthal Named to the 2019 Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain

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Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food supply chain, has named Rohan Guthal, Senior Consultant at River Logic, to its 2019 Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain award list.

The award recognizes influential individuals whose achievements, hard work and vision have shaped our industry and attained milestones in safety, efficiency, productivity and innovation through the global food supply chain. From early pioneers and entrepreneurs to non-conformist thinkers and executive standouts, this award aims to honor remarkable leaders and their contributions.

“Our 2019 Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain award reflects the expanding diversity that is emerging in our industry, both in terms of demographics and talent,” said Lara L. Sowinski, Editorial Director of AC Business Media’s Supply Chain Group. “The combination of experience and wisdom complemented with a new generation of professionals is resulting in a food and beverage supply chain that is in sync with consumers’ demands while simultaneously adept and staying ahead of the logistical requirements.”

“Rohan absolutely deserves being recognized in this space. Over just a few months, he has brought transformational change to one of the largest food and beverage companies in North America and worked tirelessly to deliver a satisfied customer. He is a rock star in his ability to quickly and successfully help customers leverage optimization-based prescriptive analytics to solve their most important decision-making challenges,” said Carlos Centurion, President of River Logic. “He’s intelligent, energetic, positive and never shies away from a challenge — and our customers say the same thing.”

Food Production Use Case Example

One of Guthal’s projects includes a well-known snack-food manufacturer with dozens of North American manufacturing plants. The company had no visibility into supply chain planning trade-offs across production and logistics; it used more than a dozen spreadsheets to create production allocation plans and knew it was missing out on significant profit opportunities. In just a few months of using River Logic’s supply chain optimization solution to tackle their planning challenges, he was able to help the company reveal hundreds of thousands in cost savings per week, and $2.5 million in opportunity cost.

Guthal joined River Logic six years ago, after graduating with a Master’s degree in Operations Research from Rutgers University. Prior to Rutgers, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Bangalore Institute of Technology.

As a recipient of this year’s Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain award, Guthal will be profiled in the March issue of Food Logistics and online at


SOURCE River Logic, Inc.

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