Applications have become critical revenue drivers for businesses across industries. They require continuous improvements from time to time in terms of functionality and new features based on end-user feedback. Users now expect applications to be enhanced consistently on a regular basis. Some applications require modifications on a quarterly/monthly basis while some might need to be updated on a weekly basis. To continually improve applications and deliver better customer experience, ‘change’ has become inevitable for organizations - in the way software is built and delivered. Development teams cannot wait till the time several code changes get accumulated and then deliver updates through periodic builds. Applications need to be updated dynamically to meet customer requirements as fast as possible.
Traditional application development approaches are no longer relevant to keep up with the increasing pace of business change. Thus, organizations are adopting modern application development implementing agile development practices. To stay ahead of the competition in such an app-driven business world, forward-thinking IT decision makers are inclined towards implementation of Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) practices.
What Is Continuous Delivery?
CI is a modern development practice in which developers regularly merge their code changes into a shared repository, perform automated tests to authenticate quality through an automated build and test process.
CD is an extension of CI; it ensures that the release of new features/ changes to customers is done as often and fast as possible. CD extends automation across the application delivery lifecycle, beyond development. It allows development teams to continuously deliver safe and tested code rapidly in a production-like environment every time. This means that apart from automating testing, release process would also be automated allowing development teams to deploy application at any point in time with a single click. It helps developers to focus on application development rather than putting in efforts into repetitive manual tasks like deploying the code into the repository, and then to production, etc. All this is taken care by the tools utilized in the implementation of CD practice.
Why should organizations adopt Continuous Delivery?
The need for continuous improvements to applications along with enhanced functionality is driving organizations to embrace CI & CD. CD helps organizations bring in “added value” to their customers and deliver conforming to their business objectives. CD enhances an enterprise’s ability to deliver customer value and achieve their business goals. Here are the top three drivers of Continuous Delivery implementation:
(i) To achieve speed with quality: CD primarily focuses on software delivery at ‘Speed’ while reducing the risk of bad deployments. Every new change or revision is automatically built, tested, and prepared for deployment. Not only CD speeds up the deployment, but it also identifies errors before they’re deployed, and the updated version is released. As errors are caught before hand, it supports development teams to stay on their release schedules.
(ii) To get feedback quickly and deliver more frequent enhancements: CD drives more deployments, thereby more frequent feedback from the end-users/customers. It helps organizations save time by enabling them to understand whether they are making enhancements that their customers seek out. CD allows IT organizations to incessantly enhance offerings in an iterative model instead of just making significant overhauls and updates.
(iii) To stay ahead of the competition by managing customers’ expectations: Improving product and service capabilities frequently in line with customer expectations is one of the top drivers for implementing CD by several organizations. Delivering enhanced customer experience is the key to business success. For IT organizations, adopting CD has become essential to winning the customer experience game! Those who do not implement agile software development practices that help in building a continuous development cycle might have to compromise with their position in the market. IT organizations must be able to either quickly embrace the modern development practices or risk losing market share!
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