Puppet’s 2024 State of DevOps Report Reveals Security is Strengthened by Platform Engineering

Survey respondents confirm built-in security and compliance are delivered by self-service platforms, along with efficiency and increased developer productivity.

Puppet by Perforce, the industry standard for infrastructure automation, today announced the findings of the global 2024 State of DevOps Report: The Evolution of Platform Engineering. This report follows the continued maturity of platform engineering, with 43% of respondents reporting they have had a platform team for at least 3-5 years.

Since 2012, Puppet’s annual State of DevOps Report has reported on
trends impacting DevOps success. In 2023, Puppet shifted the report’s focus to a
trend in the space: platform engineering. Conducting an annual survey of around 500
individuals working with or on a platform team, the 2024 report focuses on how
platform engineering delivers efficiency, speed, and security to DevOps.

Key findings include:

Security is being built into the foundation of platform engineering, with far-reaching benefits for organizations that understand that security is a priority.

  • 43% of respondents say that their platform has a dedicated security and
    compliance team, highlighting the importance of proactive security management.
  • Most respondents report that the platform team has helped their company
    become more compliant.
  • 51% of respondents say that platform teams are also responsible for enforcing
    software and tool versions for security updates.

Standardized automation unlocks the full potential of DevOps.

  • Organizations report an average of 3 self-service platforms operating internally, indicating expansion and maturity since last year’s report.
  • “Automation,” “productivity,” and “standardized processes” are cited as the three top use cases that platform engineering helps solve.
  • 66% report that automating workflows and processes “is in scope” for their growing platform engineering teams.

The platform engineering team must support developers to do their best work.

  • 52% say that a product manager is crucial to the success of the platform team.
  • Respondents cite “increased productivity,” “better quality of software,” and
    “reduced lead time for deployment” as the top benefits that the platform team has delivered for developers.
  • 65% of respondents report that the platform team is essential and will receive
    continued investment.

“With the expanded scope of platform engineering, we’re seeing security become a
critical component of platforms from the start,” said Kapil Tandon, VP of Product
Management at Puppet by Perforce. “Security is everyone’s responsibility, but, notably, platform engineering has become a larger part of this critical work.”

As the number of self-service platforms increases, the report also shows that most
functions have moved onto a platform of their own – especially the security function
“Platform engineering continues to enhance DevOps, and we are now seeing the impact
on security and productivity.” Tandon continues.

You can download the full report for free on the Puppet website.

Report Methodology

The survey collected data from IT practitioners and leaders who work with or are part of
their company’s platform engineering teams and a control group of similar
participants who do not have platform teams at their organizations. The survey was
conducted online from August 24 to September 30, 2023, from three primary world
regions: NorAm (38%), EMEA (27%), APAC (22%) and Other (13%). Respondents were
gathered through two avenues: a snowball sampling method and a panel.
The report was sponsored by the Continuous Delivery Foundation, Humanitec, and
Women in DevOps.

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Puppet by Perforce empowers people to innovate through infrastructure automation. For
over a dozen years, Puppet has led the way in IT infrastructure automation to
simplify complexity for the masses and strengthen customers’ security posture,
compliance standards, and business resiliency beyond the data center to the cloud.
More than 40,000 organizations – including more than 80 percent of the Global 5000
– have benefited from Puppet’s open source and commercial solutions. In 2022,
Perforce Software acquired Puppet. Learn more at puppet.com.


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