The Business Case for Agile Deployments & a CI/CD Pipeline

What is CI/CD?

CI/CD is a type of pipeline from a developer writing new code to that code becoming live on the production system.

Business Benefits of CI/CD

CI/CD comes with a host of benefits for companies that implement good practices. Overall, we’ve found in our consulting practice that companies where we’ve set up CI/CD never look back. It’s a game-changing infrastructure investment that makes development so much easier long term.

1. Agility = Less Risk

CI/CD makes it easy to deploy code. As a result, you’re likely to deploy code more frequently. Therefore, the amount of code you deploy each time is usually fairly small.

2. Features Reach Customers Faster

Customers love to see incremental changes in your application. When you have a solid CI/CD pipeline you can trust, there’s no problem rolling out new features in the middle of the workday. A customer using your application can, therefore, receive incremental upgrades regularly. That sense of constant improvement builds customer excitement and loyalty for your product.

3. It’s Cheaper

When you deploy early and often, you find issues sooner. The faster feedback cycle means that developers can get ahead of issues and there are rarely major project-blocking setbacks. CI/CD is an important practice if you want to maintain your timelines, and therefore your budgets.

4. Happier Developers

This should not be underestimated. A happy dev team is a more productive dev team. And if there’s one thing developers hate doing, it’s manually deploying code. Dealing with servers and environments can be a nasty challenge, and the more you can automate with a CI/CD pipeline, the happier your developers will be. Furthermore, a happy dev team also leads to longer employee tenure, meaning institutional knowledge stays in-house longer, and you reduce the HR and recruiting costs of churn.

5. Forms the Foundation for Other DevOps Best Practices

All the rest of DevOps assumes that you have some form of CI/CD in place. Once you do, you can expand your pipeline to include security, integration, and monitoring checks. However, if you don’t have a standardized deployment pipeline, all that other stuff becomes much more difficult.

Automate Your Deployments with a CI/CD Pipeline

Luckily, a CI/CD pipeline doesn’t have to be fancy at first. Most companies already use AWS, Google Cloud, or Azure for their production servers. All of those providers support third-party CI/CD integrations.

About Intertech

Founded in 1991, Intertech delivers software development consulting and IT training to Fortune 500, Government and Leading Technology institutions. Learn more about us. Whether you are a developer interested in working for a company that invests in its employees or a company looking to partner with a team of technology leaders who provide solutions, mentor staff and add true business value, we’d like to meet you.

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