Top DevOps Configuration Management Tools in 2017

Wikipedia defines Configuration management (CM) as a systems engineering process for establishing and maintaining consistency of a product’s performance, functional, and physical attributes with its requirements, design, and operational information throughout its life. In the DevOps world, Configuration Management is a software-engineering discipline which consists of the tools and techniques (processes or methodology) that a company uses to manage change to its software assets.


Forester Wave conducted an evaluation of top DevOps Config Management tools and came up with a list of top config tools used in the DevOps world. You can read the detailed report here.

Out of the evaluated configuration management tools, 4 were considered as Leaders (which were essentially two tools: Puppet and Chef), 5 were considered as Strong Performers (SaltStack, Normation Professional Services, Rudder, Ansible Tower, and Ansible), and 5 were considered as Contenders (Salt, Microsoft Azure Automation, CFEngine, Microsoft PowerShell Desired State Configuration, and CFEngine Community Edition.

Top 14 DevOps Configuration Management Tools

The Forrester report classifies the top configuration management tools in terms of Current Offering (Deployment, Configuration Modeling, Monitoring and Governance, and Community Support), Strategy (Product Strategy, Market Approach, Consulting & Support), and Market Presence (Installed Base & Corporate Profitability) and the results looked like this:


What Configuration management tools do you use in your DevOps world? What do you like about it most? Leave a comment and let me know.

Are you a DevOps Engineer?

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” -―William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Various organizations use different job titles for DevOps professionals. Some of the widely used titles for DevOps Engineer are (some of the titles were originally mentioned in Puppet 2016 DevOps Salary Report and other were added after researching job posting with DevOps tools and skills mentioned in LinkedIn and

  • DevOps Tooling Analyst
  • DevOps Engineer
  • System administrator
  • Operations Developer (DevOps)
  • Systems developer or engineer
  • DevOps Consultant
  • Architect (excluding cloud, infrastructure, and systems architects)
  • Software developer or engineer
  • Software designer – DevOps
  • Technical coach / consultant
  • DevOps Analyst
  • Operations engineer
  • DevOps Architect
  • Infrastructure developer or engineer
  • Systems architect
  • Automation engineer
  • Cloud or infrastructure architect
  • Infrastructure Engineer
  • Application developer or engineer
  • Build or release engineer
  • Web developer or engineer
  • Cloud developer or engineer
  • Database administrator
  • Network engineer
  • QA engineer
  • Automation Analyst
  • Portfolio Architect- DevOps
  • IT Engineering Specialist (DevOps)
  • Cloud Ops (DevOps) Engineer
  • DevOps Tool Engineer
  • DevOps Specialist
  • Data Engineer
  • Continous Delivery Engineer
  • Linux DevOps Specialist
  • Continuous Integration, Deployment and Delivery manager
  • Administrateur de système DevOps