A philosophy or practice that promotes the rapid merging of developer artifacts (which could cross Application Software, the Data and the Infrastructure) and ensuring continual and automated build, testing, packaging and deployment).
Key Benefits include:
+ Early identification of defects.
+ Developer/Engineering Change is managed continually (opposed to a high risk big bang approach)
+ A constantly available development & test environment with the current build
+ Promotion of automated testing i.e. Unit & Shakedown (reducing manual intervention)
+ Immediate feedback on issues that have been introduced
+ Promotion of consistent & simplified packaging
+ Promotion of promotional (stateless) deployment methods
+ Accelerated Time to Market:
In today’s vast software market there is a plethora of CICD & TEM tools to consider and choose from. Some of which do one specific task (e.g. system deployment e.g. Atlassian Bamboo) and others which help govern the complete IT life-cycle across the enterprise (promoting SAFe or “Agile at Scale” objectives, for example enov8 Environment Manager).
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