If your company is considering moving to continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) style of software development, the first question you may have is if this is a smart idea.
Shifting and training your employees will require time and money, but it’s not always apparent what the benefit will be or when you’ll see any return.
It’s understandable to be cautious and not jump on board with whatever the latest term is.
CI/CD has also demonstrated its worth not only in terms of speed—which isn’t a criterion of success in and of itself—but also in terms of delivering tangible business value, such as reducing time to market for new applications, features, and services, and enhancing KPIs.
That is why corporate decision-makers must look past the hype and gain a thorough understanding of what CI/CD is and what it can provide a company. That way, there will be maximum buy-in throughout the organization, not only in IT and operations.
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of CI/CD pipelines to help your firm decide whether or not to invest in them. But trust me, I have got something for you.
Ensure high-quality code
The most important reason to conduct DevOps is to improve code quality, and CI/CD is, of course, the most important procedure for DevOps teams. Because CI/CD pipelines include test automation, developers can learn about code issues almost immediately.
Teams don’t waste time or resources on defective code, and developers aren’t bombarded with constant “fix” requests after they’ve moved on to other projects, thanks to the concept of “failing quickly.” Time is saved, money is saved, and engineers aren’t wasting their time switching between contexts… win, win, win.
A CI/CD pipeline allows developers to fail quickly and recover even more quickly. Pushing code into production is a simple procedure, and if there are any problems, you can easily roll it back. The ability to quickly roll back code saves time, energy, and resources for teams, and leads to speedier bug repairs.
Regular update ad feedback
A DevOps platform with a single CI/CD workflow allows everyone on the team – including business stakeholders – to understand what’s going on, where it’s heading, and what might be going wrong. This may appear to be a basic concept, yet a single window into application development is quite groundbreaking.
Previously, there were so many tools in use that a project manager would have to look in multiple places and ask multiple people for progress updates. Developers and operational professionals did not fare much better. That was a waste of time and resources, especially when issues developed.
Transparency and accountability at their best
A CI/CD pipeline makes the overall software development process perfectly transparent to the corporate side thanks to constant feedback. Product managers can see the status of a project at a glance and keep track of accountability as needed.
Enhanced Mean time to resolution (MTTR)
DevOps teams can quickly identify and resolve issues thanks to the insight afforded by a CI/CD pipeline. A major development statistic, mean resolution time, or MTTR, is based on the capacity to quickly fix problems.
The faster the MTTR, the more effectively the DevOps team works and the faster software can be delivered; in other words, MTTR has a significant impact on the bottom line of a company.
Shift to CI and CD to boom your business!
Developers who notice how easy it is to iterate the software will be ready to suggest improvements or report any undesirable behavior before it reaches a client.
As many businesses have learned, a strategic shift to CI/CD can result in more overall innovation, as well as improved communication and efficiency across the board. Which, in turn, provides you with a competitive advantage.