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DevOps / ITOps Productivity Report 2013

Part III – Tools of Choice: Popular Productivity Boosters

Here’s the section that a lot of you want to see. Here we look at how software teams cope with greater pressure to improve productivity and deliver innovative solutions more rapidly to support business goals. Generally, they use a wide selection of tools, methods and concepts that increase productivity and reduce waste–and we aren’t going to stop them!

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Here are the top choices among IT Ops and DevOps teams in 2013 (% of respondents using each tool/technology):

  • Shell scripts – 77%
  • Selenium – 71%
  • vi/vim – 63%
  • Nagios – 51% 
  • Puppet – 40%
  • Python – 34%
  • Chef – 31%

One of the major ideas behind DevOps is to pre-design and automate as much as possible, which can be seen in the emergence of treating “infrastructure as code” using tools like Puppet, Chef and others.


Puppet (40%) and Chef (31%) take the lead for popular infrastructure configuration tools, followed distantly by Bash, CFEngine, Ansible and Fabric.

At best, only half of respondents automate any smoke testing at all. We can say that 1 in 20 automates nearly all smoke testing, but it seems like a pretty novel concept for most respondents.

Other findings in this section:

  • Selenium (71%) is by far the most popular test automation tool, followed by a distant JUnit (22%).

  • Nagios (51%) takes the monster’s share of the monitoring tools space, with custom tools in second place and New Relic & Zabbix used by 11% of respondents.

  • In scripting languages, shell scripts are used by the majority of respondents, followed distantly by Python, Ruby and Perl.

  • At 63%, vi/vim/gvim is the most popular editor, followed by good old Notepad (24%).

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  • DevOps Pirate

    It’s possible that people are scared to see these results. I mean, in the face of these numbers, organizations will probably be forced to adopt DevOps minded practices, tools and technologies. DevOps pirate says, “Open yer budgets…oh wait, most of these TOOLS ARE FREE!” ;-)

  • I think you’re spot on – I think people scared to see where they are in relation to the rest of the industry. Ops is a area which hasn’t changed too much in recent years, but the DevOps movement is shaking that up leaving many behind the times already. So DevOps Pirate, Why do I think you’re spot on? Because you Arrrrrrr!