- There are no automated builds or automated tests in place
- Work with Engineering and QA to define important metrics
- Help IT setup and maintain the hardware lab, including mobile lab if needed
Automate build, test and deployment processes
In the new age of mobility and digital transformation, enterprises need to move faster and more flexibly in application development, testing and QA to keep up with the competition and meet customer expectations for shorter cycle times and higher service levels. This requires integrating the efforts of their development and QA teams and automating manual processes wherever possible. Enterprises that make this shift effectively can improve employee productivity, open up new revenue channels, enhance customer service and engagement, and distinguish themselves from their competition – all while reducing their operational costs in development and QA. Companies that can’t make the shift face increasing costs, customer dissatisfaction, disintermediation, revenue loss and more. Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) are foundational practices being adopted by agile organizations to accelerate their development and test processes to meet the new demands of mobile and IoT. While they are distinct disciplines, most organizations find the greatest impact by adopting them together. The benefits of this approach include reduced time, risk, and expense of software delivery. This paper looks at the benefits of CI and CD together and the requirements for effectively deploying these practices in your organization.
Continuous Integration and Delivery (CI/CD) is a set of software practices and techniques that enable the frequent release of small batches of code changes, with extensive visibility and traceability. It typically involves the creation of a largely automated pipeline that orchestrates the build, test and deployment of software across staged environments, ultimately leading to deployment in production.
CI/CD allows an elegant way to establish the appropriate quality gates in the development and testing process. A fast feedback loop to the developers ensures that bugs are addressed early in the development cycle.
Finding a bug at the development stage is the cheapest possible way to find it. If the same bug was to be fixed in any other environment, it would cost more. CI/CD requires some upfront overhead cost, but these are more than offset by the time and expense saved along the way.
CI/CD enables QA teams to release deployable software at any point in time. Without it, projects are prone to delayed releases because of unforeseen issues which arise at any point in the traditional development and test process.
CI/CD replaces testing assumptions with knowledge, thereby eliminating all cross-platform errors at the development stage.
Faster test and QA cycles enable organizations to get quality products and services to market faster and more efficiently.
By establishing continuous testing into the automated integration process, software health attributes such as complexity can be tracked over time.
Frequent code integration provides the opportunity to identify trends in build success and failure and make informed decisions to address them. With CI/CD, dev and test teams can access real-time data on the code quality metrics to innovate new improvements and support decisions.
Continuous Delivery enables a team to get continuous – if not frequent – feedback from business colleagues, user representatives, and ideally real end users.
A clear advantage of building software incrementally and adopting a Continuous Delivery approach is that some benefits can be gained much earlier.
This also makes it more viable to react to opportunities and explore new ideas and potential new revenue streams.
Developers may be able to create something entirely new. This can potentially be a way to drive real innovation.
Keeping the changes in very small releases makes it substantially easier to find and fix problems if they do occur, minimizing the time that they have an impact.
Automation yields long term reduction in efforts required to manually do SDLC tasks.
Better products due to frequent user feedback, higher benefits due to earlier releases, greater customer focus, speed to market, business agility, innovation, reliability and more efficient.
CI/CD may have more potential impact on mobile and IoT than any other area of development and test due to the non-stop pressure organizations face to crank out new apps and services. Without CI/CD, dev test organizations face a number of obstacles:
Respond more quickly to market dynamic and get new products and features to market faster
Accelerate their level of innovation
Provide higher reliability
Save time and money
Get more impact from mobile initiatives
Need to built a platform that lets us create a CD pipeline for each application
Research is needed on understanding their characteristics and identifying and developing the best strategies or practices to tackle them
Continuous delivery (CD) means stitching together a tool chain spanning multiple vendor and open source tools
In order to meet your throughput and consistency goals, it is usually required to automate a bulk of the manual steps in the process
Plan to be running delivery pipelines at scale, a dynamic pool of available, “clean” target environments is required
Align the organization to understand, adopt, engage and leverage CD and management willingness to “do things right”
Key decision makers and cross functional teams lack unified visibility in an enterprise SDLC dashboard
|Self-service||Projects must be able to on-board through self-service, and manage their own workflows.||Speed to adoption: Key driver for rapid experimentation, and to eliminate duplicated efforts and manual process.|
|Best-practice||Support a standard workflow model, not a generic workflow engine.||One Standard. Promotes quality, fast on-boarding and developer mobility.|
|Configurable Technology integration||The ability to integrate existing build systems, test frameworks, and source- and component repositories, Still recommended templates for new projects.||Separation of concern, Continuity. Allow projects to on-board to CI/CD independently of transition legacy systems.|
|Flexible Process||Ability to adapt workflow to match requirements for process variations.||Separation of concern, Continuity. There are both technical and business reasons for process variation. We cannot enforce a strict.|
|Extensible||Use a component-based automation framework, with consistent design patterns for task-automation, resource management, and identity. Build as internal open source.||Best-of-breed, Inclusion, Innovation. The system must allow a project to automate special tasks (e.g. run a specific analysis or verification tool), including experimentation with new and emerging technologies|
|Cloud-Ready/Elastic||Build for deployment to AWS, or any other cloud to the extent possible.||Cloud Ready. Build and testing generates uneven load, and we can leverage cloud elasticity.|
|HA/DR||CI/CD must make suitable use of runtime services, including monitoring, to ensure availability, and respect of SLAs||Fidelity. It’s important that the system be designed to handle adversity. Workflows must be suitably isolated to avoid general system failures.|
As referenced above, there are a number of tools out there supporting different aspects of CI/CD, but Jenkins has proven to be the best software platform for CI/CD. Fortunately, most development organizations are already using open source Jenkins in some capacity today and comfortable with it. As with any critical piece of infrastructure software, organizations typically need the enterprise-grade features, reliability and deployment expertise to take full advantage of it and minimize the risk to your organization. This is especially true with CI/CD.
CloudBees, the enterprise Jenkins company, is a proven entity in CI/CD. CloudBees provides solutions that enable DevOps teams to respond more rapidly to the software delivery needs of the business. Building on the strength of Jenkins, the CloudBees Jenkins Platform provides a wide range of CI/CD solutions that meet the unique security, scalability and manageability needs of enterprises. The CloudBees Jenkins Platform supports many of the world’s largest and most business-critical deployments.
Some enterprises may not have the necessary skill set or infrastructure in place to fully embrace CI/CD. There is lots of cost and complexity, and non-stop technical evolution makes it difficult to keep up. And their existing enterprise tools and processes may not translate effectively to mobile.
Infostretch fills this gap for many leading enterprises. Leveraging proven continuous integration and delivery approaches with tools like Jenkins, and a proven delivery maturity model, Infostretch helps development and test organizations embrace CI/CD to improve service quality and speed time to market while reducing development and operational costs.
Infostretch supports your most complex use cases by automatically deploying mobile apps, executing your test code, and assuring high quality delivery of any mobile app style.
You can ramp up from single device testing to full, cross-platform load testing on hundreds of devices worldwide.
Our SLA based cloud and local deployment services are consistent, stable and secure – great for global, distributed team collaboration.
With Infostretch, you can connect your existing mobile app development tools to the Jenkins plugin to execute your test code against your “hybrid” MobileCloud lab of real devices.
You can test on real devices, in real-time with real network conditions across different geographies.
Execute tests anytime, from anywhere with continuous access to a cloud-based test bed of active, carrier connected mobile devices.
Foster agility with rich reports that include screenshots and videos to clearly demonstrate what went wrong and where.
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