Consumers, empowered by rich software interactions with access to Internet resources, have never had more power or choices.

DevOps provides a set of practices and cultural changes—supported by complementary tools—that automates the software delivery pipeline, enabling organizations to win, serve, and retain these consumers better and faster than ever before.

(Related: Testing catches up to DevOps)

Yet not everyone is ready for application delivery rates measured in minutes rather than hours, days or weeks. To understand DevOps adoption trends by industry and application type, Forrester looked at data from three distinct sources.

Developer data reflects adoption of Continuous Delivery practices. Using data from Forrester’s Business Technographics Global Developer Survey, 2015, we looked at how frequently organizations deliver new or modified applications, and then applied multipliers to the faster delivery cadences to reflect the greater adoption of DevOps practices that these cadences require. Our inquiry and advisory work have shown a strong correlation between rapid delivery cadences and DevOps practice adoption. For example, most organizations can reach quarterly release cadence without adopting DevOps practices, but struggle getting to monthly or faster releases, and weekly or daily releases are simply beyond their comprehension.

Infrastructure data reflects the demand for faster rates of change in environments. Using data from Forrester’s Global Business Technographics Infrastructure Survey, 2015, we looked at public cloud, hosted private cloud, and private cloud environments that were used for faster and easier development and testing, faster time-to-market, and providing on-demand capacity. Leveraging cloud in this manner tends to highly correlate with DevOps practices.

DevOps survey data reflects delivery cadence. We looked at respondents who participated in Forrester’s Q4 2014 Global Modern Service Delivery Benchmark Online Survey and indicated that they were working on end-customer applications.

Based on the data, Forrester found that DevOps adoption varies greatly by industry and application type due to varying customer sophistication, regulatory constraints, and competitor-savvy factors. Highly competitive industries ruled by empowered consumers with low costs of switching have the highest levels of DevOps adoption.