What is Continuous Integration?

What is Continuous Integration?

Continuous integration (CI) is one of the core best practices of agile development. It supports the agile precept to deliver working software frequently.

What is Continuous Integration?

Continuous Integration (CI) is the development practice where developers integrate code into a shared repository frequently. A good CI setup speeds up your workflow and encourages the team to push every change without being afraid of breaking anything. It also brings great business benefits as well.

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Benefits and Advantages of Continuous Integration

Reduces Risk

If you test and deploy code more frequently, it will reduce the risk level of project failing. You can detect bugs earlier and they are easier and cheaper to fix.

Faster Development Speeds

As you release code often, every small change is tested. You can build and deploy features quicker and get feedback from your users.

Better Business Outcomes

As you push code more often, you have more data available which you can analyze to check if the product is heading into the right direction. This enables faster technological and business decisions.

Some other benefits of using CI include:

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Reduces the time and effort for integrations of different code changes

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Allows earlier detection and prevention of defects

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Helps collaboration between team members so recent code is always shared

Hosted vs self-managed solutions

If data security is very important, then a self-managed system might be a better choice for you. Some solutions provide flexibility and enable you to choose whether you want to manage the solution internally, or have it hosted on a cloud provider.

Developer Centric Experience

The best CI systems let developers do what they do best - solve problems with code in the environment native to their work. CI systems that integrate into the tools they use, allow them to focus and work in flow, without having to context-switch. Free your developers with solutions that enable them to self-provision and use repeatable components such as configuration-as-code.

Integrates with the current toolset

Most development teams need flexibility in selecting the tools they need. Select a solution that offers the integrations that are important to your teams, so they have the freedom they need to select the right tools for the job. A CI tool must be flexible enough to support static analysis tools, build tools and version control software, etc…

Software Support

Your CI system is usually a mission-critical system. As such, if an issue arises, it’s important to know that you have a team that can support you and get your development teams up and running. Software is as important to a business as electricity. Make sure you have a backup plan to ensure uptime.

Manageability

If every team required their own CI system also needed active support from a developer, the performance of that team will drop. Developers shouldn’t need to waste time managing the infrastructure of their CI system. Great CI solutions enable central manageability with self-service onboarding.

Scalability

Your CI system needs to scale. Jobs should run fast and should not cause delays to teams. Centralized servers may slow teams down if a rate limit is reached. Furthermore, top-of-the-line CI systems have health monitoring, analytics and alerting built-in to improve the uptime of your CI system.

Security, Governance & Compliance

Are your development teams following best practices and running security tests as needed by the rules and regulations defined by your industry. A great enterprise CI system provides policy and best practice enforcement to ensure that the necessary tests are run. It also has a centralized management system that enforces common security concerns like role-based access control as well as the sanctity of the CI pipeline.

The Solution

Deploy a solution that is implemented by the leading Fortune 100 companies.

Simplified management tools enable developers to spend more time coding

IT Teams can implement policies ensuring SDLC compliance

Developers have the freedom to integrate the tools they need while adopting best practices

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