Unify everything at the right time – Increase productivity in development
By Global Trust Association
15 May, 2019 | 16:05hrs
One of the main challenges in a “traditional” scheme of software development, testing and deployment is the separate work performed by each of the areas responsible for the software development process. There are teams working separately from others for a long time even in the areas involved in such a process.
Certainly, this situation leads to difficulties when it comes to incorporating the work carried out in the master version and unifying the work delivered by the other teams, even more so if the development teams split up indistinctly by maintaining such isolating behavior. Likewise, it causes a considerable amount of rework due to the differences in the versions or to errors normally detected in the last stage of the development process when the deployment date is near.
One of the main features of DevOps is related to a key aspect for overcoming this challenge: continuous integration. It is a mechanism –generally automated– for revision, validation, and testing, clearly integrated and immediate, which allows identifying quickly, accurately and in more detail the faults or possible faults of the software. This process is performed each time the master version code is updated in the repository; however, it is made in such a way that any changes made to the code at any time should not affect the software operation, if already online. If something fails, an early warning will be sent indicating the part and the line where the failure is being generated in the system so that necessary measures may be taken as soon as possible in order to not compromise a project closure with pending aspects and unresolved failures.