As part of the DevOps approach, Continuous Delivery (CD) also aims at the primary goal of making software available to the market more quickly and efficiently. To cope with the increasingly complex requirements of digital transformation, organisations need to speed up traditional software supply chains by shortening release cycles.
Continuous Delivery automates the entire software implementation process to achieve this goal. For this, individual artefacts (products) are constantly built and tested in an automated fashion. The core idea of CD is the creation of a quick and repeatable process for the development, testing and delivery of qualitative software.
Interaction in the continuous pipeline
While CD has buzzword status, Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment remain frequently in the background, although the three models are, in fact, built on one another. The first member of the Continuous chain – CI – has a self-contained pipeline that includes several necessary steps as the basis of the Continuous model. The CI process can be described as follows: When software developers modify codes, these modifications are built, tested and quality checked in a timely manner. Developers thus obtain feedback loops more quickly on whether their code works as expected. The next step of the model, CD, extends the CI pipeline by additional processes. This involves rigorous integration tests, end-to-end tests and the automated implementation of products in test environments. Continuous Deployment is the last member of the process chain and includes the production launch for the customer. During this step, CD is enhanced by the aspect of automated implementation in the productive system.
Continuous Delivery is part of a practised DevOps culture
As an integral part of the CD pipeline, test automation saves resources for manual tests at the end of the pipeline and reduces time to market. Starting with Continuous Integration, product quality can be monitored throughout the whole process, potential bugs detected and remedied at an early stage. In a practised DevOps culture, CD increases the productivity of your team of developers. Moreover, customer updates can be made available much more quickly.
Successful implementation in your process landscape
In your Continuous Integration, Delivery and Deployment projects, our iS2 experts provide competent support based on their project experience. Before project kick-off, we advise you on all the pros and cons of the installation of such a pipeline in your individual process landscape. In a workshop, we prepare a concept of possible first steps together with you to enhance your existing landscape or create an entirely new implementation chain. In addition, we show you possible next steps for extending such a pipeline. Our experts support you in the selection and enhancement of a pipeline tailored to your individual landscape and accompany you throughout the entire installation process. With iS2 being committed to the principles of this philosophy, our experts have fully embraced the DevOps culture. Continuous Delivery is an important component. Against this background, our specialists quickly become part of your team and promote internal knowledge transfer on this subject. We have already assisted many customers and accompanied them on their way to the successful implementation of a Continuous Pipeline. Why don’t you rely on us, too?