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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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ISG Index™: EMEA Sourcing Market Grows 9 Percent in 2018 as Firms Embrace Digital Transformation

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The sourcing market in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) grew in the final quarter of 2018 despite unsettling macro-economic and political events across the region, according to the findings of the latest state-of-the-industry report from Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm.

The EMEA ISG Index™, which measures commercial outsourcing contracts with annual contract value (ACV) of €4 million or more, shows the EMEA market posted combined fourth-quarter ACV of €3.0 billion, an increase of 5 percent from the prior year.

This rise was bolstered by a 44 percent year-on-year increase in as-a-service ACV, to €1.3 billion, as strong demand for digital transformation remained an enterprise imperative. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) in EMEA both performed strongly, posting ACV of €960 million and €331 million, respectively. Traditional sourcing, meanwhile, contracted by 12 percent year-on-year to €1.7 billion.

For the full year, EMEA reached €12.9 billion in ACV, up 9 percent against 2017. Traditional sourcing ACV of €8 billion was down 6 percent year-on-year, but as-a-service grew 48 percent to reach €4.9 billion. The rise in as-a-service sourcing – which now accounts for 38 percent of total ACV for EMEA – continued to be driven by demand for SaaS and IaaS, both of which increased by more than 40 percent in 2018.

Steve Hall, partner and president of ISG, said: “Despite ongoing political and economic uncertainty in Europe and resulting business caution, companies are making significant investment in digital technologies to improve their ability to compete and to engage with their customers. This is a clear testament that the tailwinds of digital transformation are stronger than the headwinds of political and economic issues.”

Globally, fourth-quarter ACV for the combined global market grew 18 percent, to €9.8 billion. As-a-service ACV pushed to new highs in the fourth quarter, up 43 percent year-on-year, while traditional sourcing inched up 2 percent.

Market Insights (Full Year)

Declines in the UK, DACH and France pulled down the traditional sourcing market in 2018.

Full-year ACV in the UK fell by 27 percent, to €2.5 billion, despite a 5 percent increase in the number of contracts. The traditional sourcing market in the UK has slumped since the Brexit vote in June 2016. Prior to the vote, the UK averaged three €800-million quarters for traditional sourcing per year. Since the vote, only one quarter – the first quarter of 2017, which included the signing of some exceptionally large mega-deals – reached that mark.

Traditional sourcing ACV in DACH was down 4 percent in 2018, with a 19 percent drop in contract signings. The economy in DACH slowed in 2018 and fears of a recession have slowed decision-making. The UK Government defeat over the Brexit vote presents a further substantial economic risk to Germany, as well as the UK.

While UK and DACH companies are exercising caution in traditional sourcing decisions, both are increasing their investments in new technologies and as-a-service contracting to improve efficiency and meet consumer demand for new services and channels.

The results of unsettling economic and political factors also are evident in France, where traditional sourcing ACV edged down 3 percent, to €640 million, despite a steeper drop of 13 percent in contract volume. French consumers have turned to online shopping in recent weeks as the Gilet Jaune demonstrations spread, benefiting Amazon and other online retailers and potentially affecting the Retail sector in 2019.

In the Nordics, traditional sourcing was up 20 percent, to €1.1 billion, with the number of contracts growing by 14 percent. The smaller EMEA markets also showed strength with gains in Southern Europe, Africa/Middle East and Russia/Eastern Europe.

Sector Breakdown (Full Year)

The impact of as-a-service contracting was apparent, with all sectors demonstrating strong year-on-year growth. Only Financial Services, Retail, Manufacturing and the Healthcare & Pharma sectors posted gains in traditional sourcing.

Retail saw the highest combined growth of any sector in EMEA in 2018, with ACV rising 71 percent for the year. Bucking the trend seen elsewhere, traditional sourcing powered this growth, increasing 125 percent.

In all other sectors, as-a-service growth outstripped that of traditional sourcing. Manufacturing, for instance, saw its combined ACV rise 27 percent on the strength of as-a-service growth of 45 percent, while Financial Services saw combined ACV increase 17 percent, with as-a-service surging 53 percent. Traditional sourcing in each sector was up 18 and 9 percent, respectively.

Elsewhere, the Business Services sector saw its combined ACV grow by 30 percent, driven by strong growth in as-a-service.

Forecast

“Even though the macro environment is more volatile now than a year ago, demand for sourcing remains strong,” Hall said. “We believe the industry will see an accelerating growth trend in 2019, driven by a growing appetite for digital transformation, even in the face of unforeseen macro-economic challenges.”

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NYC-based HyperScience raises $30 million to expand their data entry automation business and bring more office automation to enterprises and governments around the world

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Series B led by Stripes Group to continue rapid growth and development of new machine learning products and technologies for office automation

HyperScience, a leading edge machine learning company offering enterprise-grade solutions for automating office work at scale, today announced a $30 million Series B funding round led by Stripes Group, a New York-based growth equity firm with investments in a number of advanced software, data analytics and enterprise technology companies, including Flatiron Health, Sift Science, SPINS and Upwork, among others. Existing investors FirstMark Capital and Felicis Ventures as well as new investors Battery Ventures, Global Founders Fund, TD Ameritrade and QBE also participated in the round, bringing the company’s total funding to $50 million.

The new round of financing will allow HyperScience to further invest in engineering and product development, sales and marketing, and a rapid expansion of the team across all functions.

A lot of people aren’t aware of just how expensive and time intensive it is for businesses to collect the information they need, and how prohibitive that can be for the data they’d like to be capturing,” said HyperScience CEO Peter Brodsky. “Whether it’s a 300- or 3,000-person team, it’s remarkable how manual most of this work has remained, and how understaffed these teams can be as a result. By automating data entry, we help our customers in Finance, Insurance, Healthcare and Government extract data better, faster and cheaper. In working with Stripes we will be able to deliver more value to more customers by further building out our team and product. Furthermore, we’re excited to be expanding our product offering to automate even more types of office work.

We are very excited to be partnering with Peter and the entire HyperScience team,” said Stripes Group Partner Ron Shah. “We believe that there is substantial opportunity to disrupt the large and highly inefficient data entry market with high-powered automation tools that leverage recent advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence in a practical, applied fashion and deliver a clear ROI for some of the world’s most complex enterprises. HyperScience’s platform is already fundamentally transforming how Fortune 1000 enterprises operate, and we believe they are just getting started in realizing the full vision of their offering.”

HyperScience helps large organizations across industries such as Insurance, Financial Services, Healthcare, and Government reduce their dependence on costly, slow, and error-prone manual data entry operations. By automating the transcription of human-readable documents into machine-readable data with far greater speed and accuracy than legacy data capture technologies, HyperScience enables organizations to:

  • Automate data entry teams: Deliver faster turnaround times for customers by reducing backend processing time by over 75%;
  • Straight-through invoice processing: Extract key details from invoices to automatically identify and process low-dollar, high-volume claims; and
  • Compliance-driven data reconciliation: Unlock, index, and reconcile critical customer data trapped in disparate document repositories.

Last year, HyperScience announced an investment and partnership with QBE, whereby QBE entered into a multi-year commercial use agreement to roll out HyperScience solutions across the company globally. Ted Stuckey, Managing Director at QBE said, “We’ve been able to drive immediate value to our business through our initial implementation of HyperScience. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the team at HyperScience to expand our use of their products globally across QBE.”

TD Ameritrade also signed a multi-year commercial agreement with HyperScience in 2018 and subsequently participated in the round. HyperScience solutions have reduced TD Ameritrade’s reliance on manual data entry, translating written text on forms into a digitized format. “HyperScience has developed innovative technology leveraging artificial intelligence that has consistently outperformed its peers with respect to both printed and handwritten transcription,” Vijay Sankaran, Chief Information Officer at TD Ameritrade said. “Our investment not only strengthens our strategic relationship with HyperScience but also signals our intention to work with the company to develop solutions to address additional data manipulation problem spaces.”

About HyperScience
HyperScience uses machine learning to automate office work. Founded in 2014, The company automates data entry by making human-readable content machine-readable and in doing so helps large enterprises and world governments operate their businesses better, faster and cheaper.

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The Bright Ideas Visionaries Should Have Learned at CES 2019

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WHO:
ABI Research, a market-foresight advisory firm providing strategic guidance on the most compelling transformative technologies, had nine research analysts on-site at CES 2019 in Las Vegas between Jan. 8-11, 2019.

WHAT:
ABI Research has compiled the most compelling technology findings at CES 2019 into brief updates — a total of 14 1-minute reads. The second annual “What Were the Bright Ideas That Visionaries Should Have Learned From CES 2019?” whitepaper contains our analysts’ perspectives to help strategically guide our clients to see the bigger picture and act on it now.

WHY:
With 180,000 visitors and more than 4,500 exhibitors, CES 2019 maintained the momentum from previous years at the intersection between consumer verticals, including automotive, smart home, entertainment, and healthcare/wellness, as well as underlying technologies, such as computing and short-range wireless semiconductors, AI (Artificial Intelligence), AR (Augmented Reality), robotics, short-range wireless connectivity, and video.

“CES is slowly reinventing itself,” said Dominique Bonte, Vice President of Verticals/End Markets at ABI Research. “While the largest global tech event is still very much defined by consumer hardware, it is now branching out into new verticals and new – at times invisible — technologies like Artificial Intelligence and voice assistants. Besides also giving a bigger voice to startups, CES is clearly jumping on the bandwagon of telling the digital transformation story of verticals and consumer experiences.”

Here are a few noteworthy trends included in the whitepaper:

  • Flexible screens were a major highlight, not just for smartphones but also for televisions
  • While IoT, connectivity, and 5G in particular remained largely out of the limelight, Artificial Intelligence was ubiquitous, as an enabler for both short incremental and long-term transformational innovations
  • Automotive electrification and charging technologies were highlighted in many forms
  • Presence of digital health and wellness vendors was on the rise

THE 14 TRANSFORMATIVE TECHNOLOGIES THAT ABI RESEARCH FOCUSED ON AT CES 2019 AND VISIONARIES SHOULD KNOW INCLUDE:

WANT THE COMPLETE REPORT?
Download the complete report at:

https://go.abiresearch.com/2019-ces-1-minute-reads.

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