Software Trends for 2020 / Continuous Delivery
“Software is eating the world” is no longer a hopeful inspiration. It is happening. It is here. Software is driving the world’s most significant technological trends, and year 2020 will prove to be an inflection point for most of them.
Underlying the rapid advancements of software transformation is another trend that has become immensely famous. The rise of continuous delivery has enabled software enterprises to turn their ideas into reality faster than ever before.
Let’s take a look at this software development exercises in more detail and discuss methods that how you can better implement it on your team.
So, What Is Continuous Delivery, Anyway?
Continuous delivery means the default state of your software version is “ready for deployment”. Every new update to the source code is automatically tested, built, and configured for deployment. This process makes deployments an expected and routine affair that can be performed on the drop of a hat.
Before the era of continuous delivery, software builds would cause massive bottlenecks for the application and operation teams. Teams would be so backed up and under immense deadline stress that builds would typically either be delayed or contain many errors. For more and more teams, implementing both a DevOps culture and a continuous delivery strategy, those stressful days are long gone.
Continuous delivery is mostly confused with continuous deployment, but the two methodologies are part different. If a team subscribes to continuous deployment, every change is sent through the pipeline of testing and is automatically released into production. This results in a number of incremental deployments occurring every-day. With continuous delivery, you have the ability and confidence to automatically release every change, but you should deploy manually instead.
How Is Continuous Delivery Beneficial to My Team?
1: More Frequent Deployments
Continuous delivery was developed with speed in mind. Every new software revision is automatically built, tested, and made ready for deployment, even if you choose not to deploy continuously. You will also save time by catching errors before going live.
2: Fewer Errors in Each Deployment
Not only does CD speed up deployment, it minimizes the risk of bad deployments as well. Errors are much less likely to occur throughout the process, and it becomes much efficient to identify errors when they do occur. Using a deployment monitoring tool, you can immediately identify which deployment build caused the error and make the fix.
The best-case scenario is to debug errors before a new version is released. Continuous delivery allows this because the software is constantly in a production-like environment, ready to be deployed. This helps teams prevent last-minute hiccups and stay on schedule.
3: Quicker Feedback from Customers
Continuous delivery leads to more deployments, which means more often feedback from the customer. Imagine spending a year on a huge software update, only to have the user completely hate it or worse, not care at all. CD helps you waste minimum time by learning quickly if you are making the changes your customers care about. This is where Agile methodology is also very beneficial.
4: Implementing Continuous Delivery
The continuous delivery process starts with another popular software development practice called continuous integration. Continuously integration means new code from all developers is merged in real-time, making sure that the new changes will work together in production. We see a lot of customers utilizing tools like Jenkins or Bamboo to streamline the continuous integration and continuous delivery process.
5: Monitoring and Continuous Delivery
Monitoring is an important element of continuous delivery, but manual monitoring can be a complex and time-consuming task. Utilizing a deployment or application monitoring tool enables you to easily keep tabs on your software metrics and KPIs. When you see a red flag pop up, either it be load times or server utilization, you can quickly examine which release caused the error. From there, simply rollback the latest deployment and send it back to the queue.
6: comprehensive deployment tracking
Continuous delivery is becoming table stakes for software enterprises. To put it bluntly, those who do not adopt a rapid, more agile software development process will perish.
Luckily, there is a whole fleet of tools and a community of helpful experts to help you build a more continuous development cycle. So, move fast, break less things, and change the world, one software update at a time.
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