Unleashing Your Developers' Potential: A Cost Analysis of Deployments with StreamDeploy

by Tony Loehr

In today’s fast-paced software industry, time is of the essence. Particularly for development teams, every minute spent on non-development tasks can be seen as a minute wasted. Among the most significant non-development time sinks are the duties associated with DevOps - particularly, the deployment of applications and other software. This article offers a deep dive into the costs associated with these duties and showcases how StreamDeploy, a leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution, can liberate your developers’ time, your organization’s most precious asset.

The Hidden Costs of DevOps

When you factor in the time developers spend on deployment tasks - managing servers, automating deployments, troubleshooting issues, and scaling resources - the costs can add up quickly. Let’s illustrate this with a hypothetical scenario:

Assume an average developer spends around 20% of their work week on deployment-related tasks. For a 40-hour work week, this translates to 8 hours. Now, multiply this by the hourly cost of a developer - for simplicity, let’s say $50. This means you’re spending $400 per developer per week on deployment tasks. In a team of 10 developers, that’s a whopping $4,000 a week, or over $200,000 a year!

However, the real cost is even higher. The time developers spend on deployment tasks is time not spent on developing new features, innovating, or addressing customer needs - activities that directly contribute to your organization’s growth and success.

The Value Proposition of StreamDeploy

This is where StreamDeploy comes into play. StreamDeploy is designed to handle all the complexities of infrastructure management and application deployment, freeing your developers to focus on what they do best - developing outstanding software.

Back to our hypothetical team, let’s say that using StreamDeploy reduces the time developers spend on deployment tasks by 75%. This means each developer now spends only 2 hours a week on these tasks, translating to $100 per developer per week or $1,000 for the team. The annual cost now drops to just over $50,000 - a significant savings of $150,000!

But that’s not the only benefit. Those six hours saved per developer each week can now be spent on development activities. This means faster delivery of features, quicker response to customer needs, and more time for innovation - all crucial factors for staying competitive in today’s dynamic software industry.

Case in Point: StreamDeploy in Action

To demonstrate StreamDeploy’s value, let’s look at an example. One of our clients, a growing software company, found that their developers were spending an increasing amount of time on deployment tasks due to their expanding product portfolio. After switching to StreamDeploy, they reported a reduction of nearly 80% in deployment-related time expenditure.

The result? Their developers were able to deliver features 30% faster, customer satisfaction improved due to quicker response times, and they even launched a new product line thanks to the time freed up for innovation. Meanwhile, they saved over $200,000 in developer costs in the first year alone.

StreamDeploy: Unleashing Your True Potential

By offloading deployment duties to StreamDeploy, your developers can focus on their core responsibilities, accelerating your organization’s growth and innovation. This not only translates into direct cost savings but also faster time-to-market, improved customer satisfaction, and enhanced competitive advantage.

In the end, the choice is clear. By investing in StreamDeploy, you’re not just buying an IaaS solution - you’re buying time. Time for your developers to innovate, time to respond to your customers’ needs, and time to stay ahead in this fast-paced industry. Embrace StreamDeploy and unleash your true potential today.

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