August 23, 2023

The State of DevOps Report 2024: Platform Engineering Edition Survey

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The State of DevOps 2024 Survey is now live, and we're looking for your input! Read on for more about the focus of this year’s report, what we hope to learn, the voices you’ll see represented in it, and what to expect when it launches. 


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Introducing the State of DevOps Report 2024 

Since 2011, Puppet has conducted an annual survey that has included data from over 40,000 respondents and generated key content to support our annual DevOps report

When we first started the report, DevOps was a small movement. Now, it’s a billion-dollar industry and many jobs revolve around the practice. We’ve always enjoyed exploring new, emerging topics within the space.

This is why, last year we tried something different: we explored the role of platform engineering. 

We’d been hearing buzz around this topic and had noticed a major trend happening not only in our State of DevOps report, but within research all around us — DevOps team structures are not scalable and often lead to competing demands, hindering long-term success.

We've also noticed another percolating trend: platform engineering teams deliver shared infrastructure platforms. They continuously develop, build, maintain, and support underlying infrastructure that allows DevOps initiatives to scale. 

Some insights we gained from last year’s survey include: 

  • Platform engineering is a proven approach to unlock DevOps success at scale in the enterprise. 94% agree that the concept is helping their organizations realize the benefits of DevOps. 
  • When done well, platform engineering benefits the entire organization. 93% of respondents believe the adoption of platform engineering is a step in the right direction, and 44% believe it is a big step in the right direction. 
  • The longer an organization has implemented platform engineering, the better the results and the higher the confidence, encouraging firms to hire rapidly for platform team roles. 
  • Organizations are under-investing in product management skills on their platform teams. 

What Can You Expect from the 2024 Survey 

Last year’s report showed us that platform engineering is successful – but what are the core values and processes that create successful platform engineering teams today? We want to know how those teams collaborate, make decisions, and operate at all levels. 

We’ll ask questions like: 

  • What roles do security and compliance play in shaping a platform engineering team’s dynamic?
  • Is there a particular category of tools that really supports a platform engineering team? 
  • How are today’s platform engineering teams measuring success
  • What is the background and skillset of product managers on the platform team? 
  • How much are organizations spending on building and maintaining their platform? 
  • What’s the right level of investment for platform success? 

From different roles within DevOps, across different industries, this survey is for anyone who wants to see how platform engineering is shaping the future of DevOps. 

Why Take This Year’s Survey? 

The annual State of DevOps Report would be nothing without the insight and experience of the thousands of respondents who take time out of their day to participate in the survey. We can’t create a meaningful report without you. 

Even if you’ve never taken a State of DevOps survey before, we invite you to add your responses and provide your personal experience to enhance our understanding of data across different industries, roles, and locations. 

We hope it will take you no more than 10 to 15 minutes to fill out. Even better, for every response we receive, $5 will be donated to one of the two charities of your choice — World Central Kitchen or Feeding America. 

Meet the Authors of the 2024 State of DevOps Report 

That’s us😊! We are super excited to join in this amazing body of work. Both of us have a deep interest in platform engineering and have worked in the DevOps and product development space for some time. Here’s a bit about us, our career background and what excites us about this report. 

Hi, I’m David Sandilands, Principal Solutions Architect at Puppet by Perforce

I focus on the product management of Puppet’s development ecosystem and integrations. This includes management of the Forge, supported modules, Puppet Developer Kit and integrations such as ServiceNow and Splunk. Before this, I worked with Puppet’s largest customers delivering infrastructure automation at scale and supporting these customers adopting DevOps working practices like Platform Engineering. 

I’m passionate about using Platform Engineering to deliver change into traditional working environments, break down team silos, and integrate DevOps working practices within heavily regulated and audited environments. I am a keen hillwalker (Munroist number: 3085), enjoy sci-fi and fantasy books, and regularly visits most of Scotland's tractor parks with my wife and two sons. 

Hi, I’m Margaret Lee, Manager of Product Management at Puppet by Perforce 

I am a product leader at Puppet by Perforce. I have always worked to give a voice to the Puppet user base and be an advocate for customer needs. I leverage my cross-team experience to identify the challenges Puppet customers face and find solutions that ensure DevOps success. I have had a primary focus of learning how the industry is changing as Platform Engineering continues to gain momentum and helping customers understand how they can leverage platform engineering to meet their business goals. 

I love helping customers know how they can optimize what they are doing to drive business and professional value. When I’m not researching the latest trends in DevOps and Platform Engineering, I can be found at the beach or a park with my almost 1-year-old daughter and husband. 

Take the State of DevOps 2024 Survey Today 

We want your viewpoint and your insight so we can make this year’s report a success. Become a part of DevOps history and follow the link below to start the survey: