The demands of the modern enterprise require the software development process to work at its utmost efficiency. The halcyon days of the Waterfall methodology are long past, and even the Agile Manifesto is over a decade old. Collaboration and communication are vital, as the speed of business can't afford to wait on an outdated software development process.
Two new principles have grown in importance in software development over the past few years. DevOps and Continuous Delivery require a software engineering team to work together like never before. Let's take a closer look at these concepts and how they relate to each other.
DevOps merging the worlds of software development, QA, and IT operations
As Agile became more widely used in the 21st Century, a new IT paradigm grew out of the need to better manage the fast rate of software delivery. DevOps -- as the composition of the term implies -- essentially merges the functions of software development, quality assurance, and IT operations, creating a collaborative team focused on making sure software construction and any subsequent updates happen fast enough to support the needs of the competitive business.
Cross-departmental integration between the software engineering, QA, and IT ops teams requires a high level of communication. Processes that foster this communication and collaboration need to be sharply defined and easily executed, so team members are able to perform job functions in an agile manner without becoming bogged down in uncertainty. The ultimate hope is that rapid release management becomes second nature, allowing for software changes to happen at the speed of today's business.
Corporations that are experienced in Agile software development techniques, and have seen improvements in the overall efficiency of their deployment processes generally aspire towards the "holy grail" of Continuous Delivery. Successfully leveraging the practice of DevOps is a necessary stepping stone towards the full implementation of CD at a business. Being able to easily automate DevOps' finely tuned processes also helps improve deployment speed.
Orchestrating builds, testing, and deployment to achieve Continuous Delivery
With DevOps requring a heightened level of collaboration and communication between software developers, testers, and IT, the use of automated tools helps technical personnel to leverage their time more wisely. These automated tools are also a vital part of achieving Continuous Delivery. Builds, unit and system testing, in addition to deployments are orchestrated from a central location enabling continuous deployments no matter the complexity of the underlying software development environment.
CloudBees's family of products support the automation of the software deployment process, allowing companies to truly achieve the promise of their investment in a DevOps methodology. Easy integration and support for most popular software IDEs ensures development staff are up and running with minimal hassle to their daily routines. Automated testing occurs continuously on any infrastructure -- physical, virtual, Cloud-based, or a mixture of the three.
In addition to improving the speed of the software development lifecycle, CloudBees's product line is also highly scalable. As a company grows, or its software workflows become more complex, the automation tools continue to support the process with nary a hiccup.
In this modern competitive business environment, it is vital that the software development process happens with the speed and efficiency necessary to meet the company's goals. As methodologies evolve from Agile into DevOps, automating key processes in software development helps businesses to achieve Continuous Delivery.
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