Avoid the Risks of Increasing your Release Frequency

Posted by Mick McGuinness on 16 February 2018

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Trying to speed up innovation? A growing number of organisations use automated processes to help them to innovate faster and release application enhancements more frequently.

In the DevOps world this is referred to as the continuous integration and continuous delivery or CI/CD pipeline for short.

Want to avoid the hidden costs and risks of faster innovation -  then read on.

What is a CI/CD Pipeline?

A CI/CD pipeline helps you automate steps in your software delivery process, such as initiating automatic builds and then deploying to your servers or containers.

  • Continuous integration (CI) is the practice of merging all developer working copies to a shared mainline several times a day in order to avoid integration problems down the line due to conflicts or dependencies.
  • Continuous delivery (CD) is a software engineering approach in which teams produce software in short cycles, ensuring that the software can be reliably released at any time. It aims at building, testing, and releasing software faster and more frequently.

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Benefits of CI/CD

Some of the benefits of fast paced release cycles:

  1. Faster time to market for new innovations.
  2. Reduced overhead on dev and ops through automated processes.
  3. Helps collaboration between team members so recent code is always shared.
  4. Releasing smaller incremental changes means earlier detection and prevention of defects.
  5. Faster feedback on business decisions.

Downsides to CI/CD

However moving fast with continual change can add risk:

  1. Not enough time for proper testing.
  2. More errors make their way to production.
  3. More time trawling logs trying to debug errors.
  4. More time trying to replicate problems in dev/test.
  5. More tIme spent creating and deploying hotfixes.

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