Google Cloud acquires DORA to bolster DevOps expertise

Google has added a little app expertise to its skillset with the acquisition of DORA (DevOps Research and Assessment). The move will aim for the research firm to help ‘continue to create delightful experiences for developers and operators’, in the company’s own words.

DORA said the company’s positioning was a ‘natural fit’ for Google Cloud with both organisations “known for mutual commitment to the developer and operations ecosystems.”

In a statement, DORA noted: “DORA’s data-driven approach has helped teams leverage automation, process, and cultural change to improve the quality of their software and the quality of their work-life. Google Cloud is beloved for its contributions to the open source community, and is known for its research-driven approach to understanding how developers and operators work, and what makes them successful.”

It’s difficult to argue with that. Google’s mission with regards to openness is evident, and like all the other cloud behemoths there is a panoply of products available for building and running applications – although AWS may quibble at the depth of its competition.

As far as DORA is concerned, its annual State of DevOps report is, alongside an equivalent from software automation provider Puppet, one of the benchmarks of research in the sector. The most recent offering, published in September, found organisations’ initiatives had matured to the extent that a few ‘elite’ performers across industries were becoming apparent.

“The key here is that companies who exhibit all signs of cloud readiness – on-demand self-service, broad network access, resource pooling, elasticity and measured service – are significantly more likely to be in the elite group instead of the lowest performers,” this publication put it at the time.

This is the latest example of a large company acquiring consultancy and expertise. Over the past 18 months Hewlett Packard Enterprise bought both Cloud Technology Partners and RedPixie for its cloud consulting arm, acquiring Amazon and Azure skills respectively. It’s worth noting that the most recent DORA State of DevOps report had Google Cloud as its primary collaborator.

“The best, most innovative organisations develop and deliver their software faster, more reliably, more securely, and with higher quality, standing as high performers in technology,” said Dr. Nicole Forsgren, DORA CEO and chief scientist in a statement. “We are excited to join a team committed to delivering research-backed DevOps practices, and we look forward to continuing our work to understand key capabilities, measure value-driven outcomes, and optimise processes to help teams deliver their software as they move to the cloud.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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DigitalMaelstrom
7 Jan 2019, 6:49 p.m.

James,

Thank you for this write-up. I am really happy to hear that Google made this purchase. I think Google has to work the hardest to compete against AWS and Microsoft Azure. I will be very interested in seeing what Google does with DORA.

-Kristopher
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