Key Findings from 2024 State of Internal Developer Portals Report
Only three months ago, we proudly welcomed Port into our portfolio.
Port stands out as a leader in the dynamic internal developer portal space, offering the most open and flexible solution in the market. Internal developer portals are what platform engineers use to provide their developers with a product-like experience. This focus on developer “jobs to be done” is about improving the developer experience, driving better productivity and engineering standards, when consuming the self-service capabilities offered by internal developer platforms, a core element of the platform engineering movement. This approach, also called portal as product, has quickly gained traction. Port is moving fast and seems to be growing to become the standard around which platform engineering will converge. We strongly believe that Port is poised to capitalize on the imminent rapid growth of this market, delivering immense value to developers and DevOps teams globally.
The evolving landscape of software development has witnessed a significant paradigm shift with the rising prominence of DevOps tools, underscoring a transformative era in the industry. DevOps, a methodology that emphasizes collaboration and communication between development and operations teams, is increasingly reliant on a robust suite of tools designed to automate and streamline the entire software delivery process. With the proliferation of DevOps tools and the expertise required to use them, platform engineering has emerged as a movement to deliver self-service, without cognitive load, to developers. The market for DevOps tools is experiencing unprecedented growth, which can be attributed to their pivotal role in enhancing efficiency, accelerating development cycles, and ensuring seamless collaboration across diverse teams. As organizations increasingly prioritize agility and the delivery of high-quality software, the demand for innovative DevOps solutions continues to expand, shaping a dynamic market poised for further advancements and technological breakthroughs and fuelling the platform engineering movement.
These considerations underscore why, at Team8, we have meticulously crafted a portfolio comprising companies specializing in developer tools, DevOps, and platform engineering. Our portfolio proudly features industry leaders such as Finout, Akeyless, Ox Security, with the latest addition being Port.
Port launched its 2024 State of Internal Developer Portals Report. This report serves as a first step in understanding the evolving landscape of internal developer portals within engineering organizations. It aims to explore the reasons behind organizations adopting internal developer portals and the methods employed. As the market continues to evolve, we anticipate that this report will provide valuable insights into its trajectory and direction.
This captivating report, based on a survey of 100 engineering leaders and their perspectives, is a must-read for those seeking to comprehend the current state of internal developer portals in engineering organizations.
Key findings include:
- An overwhelming majority of companies recognize the importance of internal developer portals and are using or implementing them. Almost 85% of respondents surveyed have either started implementing internal developer portals or are planning to do so in the next year, and virtually all respondents (99%) are incorporating platform engineering in their organizations.
- The market is still uncertain regarding what exactly constitutes an internal developer portal, with 35% using spreadsheets with microservice data. Notably, smaller companies tend to have self-service interfaces that aren’t portals, while larger companies are more likely to use in-house portals.
- Most respondents (56%) define a successful portal as one that improves developer productivity. Yet, developer productivity is predominantly measured through surveys or custom reporting (75%) rather than recognized frameworks like DORA or Space.
- Lack of platform engineering results in developers spending substantial time on non-core tasks, with 70% reporting spending 3-4 hours daily on such activities. Additionally, 68% face prolonged software deployment timelines.
- Only 34% of respondents use internal developer portals to drive engineering standards, highlighting the potential for broader adoption in this regard. Respondents identified enhancing software quality and engineering standards as the primary objective in implementing platform engineering. The fact that only a third of respondents utilize internal developer portals for driving engineering standards underscores the untapped potential for their broader adoption. This revelation emphasizes the need for further exploration and consideration of internal developer portals as potent tools in steering and upholding engineering standards across organizations.
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