If we try to sum up the benefits of continuous integration and continuous delivery in one word then that word will be quality. Our development teams use CI/CD to achieve excellence and deliver outstanding results faster. So the benefits of continuous integration and continuous delivery are a lot that are following.
Local testing procedures fail to show incompatibilities between the existing source code and the newly introduced code that will lead to production defects and delays. By using continuous integration, testing procedures can be run in a simulated environment that enables development teams to identify any potential challenge easily before they can create time-consuming product defects.
Increase test coverage
For large and complex systems manual testing is considered out of question. By using CI/CD best practices, you can analyze the source code and identify these areas without automated test coverage. By using this automated test coverage can be increased and minimize the possibilities of defects.
Continuous integration gives the facility to communication by breaking barriers and awareness of build and test results. A transparent process can increase coordination, accountability, and process execution among teams.
Deploy code to production automatically
The automated process deploys the source code towards production automatically after compiling and testing successfully. By eliminating the human component, the deployment process will reduce total testing time, and helps development teams to focus on critical functions instead focus on repetitive testing tasks.
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Minimize the build time
Build time can be reduced by using the parallel builds and processing small build package across the multiple machines by using the continuous integration methodologies. Virtual and cloud-based systems are available to free up the local resources. This will help to speed up the development time and shorten the feedback loops.
Consistent and repeatable process
Teams can build consistent and reliable processes by using the continuous integration of best practices. Development teams have all knowledge that helps to test code changes and integrated successfully when pushed to production.
By using continuous integration practices developers can minimize the loops by detecting errors at the early stage of the development process. Successful execution of products can save valuable money and time towards the lifespan of the project.
CI/CD helps to streamline workflows that will increase efficiency and DevOps ROI. This ensures that tasks will always be fulfilled in the same way to customize your workflow according to unique requirements. Leading organizations use automated tools to accelerate processes this will increase efficiency and revenue. For example;
- Amazon is deployed after every 11.6 seconds
- Facebook is deployed at twice a day
- Netflix is deployed 100 times in a day
Improve operational confidence
CI/CD helps to increase operation confidence, regulatory compliance, and service levels. This will increase the return on investment. For example, automated monitoring tools will alert the staff of issues in real-time. This raises the issues related to poor user experience and security.
CI/CD helps to boost teamwork. An automated process can help to deliver a huge amount of time at one time. SO the IT team is free to focus on their product business value.
This article was written in collaboration with experts from the Buddy