Enterprises Can Now Deliver Software Faster by Setting Their Priorities Right

By CIOReview | Thursday, July 9, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: In an age where there is a constant competition in the industry to be able to release new features within a short span of time, Andrew Phillips, VP Product Management XebiaLabs, in an article for DevOps, expresses his thoughts on how to deliver software faster without breaking everything in the process. He advises the enterprises on how to deliver in strict deadlines by setting the priorities right.

According to the writer, first and foremost the enterprises should set measurable goals. Success will depend on bold steps like getting the right tools and infrastructure in place, developing an automation environment that enables the DevOps team to build, test, and deliver small batches of changes and features that work in production.

Secondly, tasks that are slow and error- prone needs immediate attention. Companies seek improvements through DevOps and through continuous delivery initiatives. These initiatives usually involve introducing continuous integration and application release automation, a measure of test automation, on-demand provisioning and configuration of virtualized environments. The aim is to integrate these to create an end-to-end pipeline that can orchestrate the appropriate build, environment provisioning, deployment, and testing steps.

Since a streamlined, highly automated release process remains the enterprises’ goal; it is imperative that their orchestration tooling supports fully automated, continuous-delivery-style pipelines and DevOps-style automated platforms. The author observes that technology focused solely on assigning tasks to resources won't enable one to reach that goal. It should also be ensured that the technology one chooses can unify the management and technical tracks of one’s release by supporting the collaborative planning and visibility alongside automated task execution.

The third priority that Phillips asks the enterprises to set is to test and retest the software. Testers and developers must work together to identify repetitive tests and automate them. While it's vital to test the functional aspects of the code, security, performance, and so on, Phillips says that there is also a need to keep a close eye on the business value. Quality isn't just about how well the software works technically; it also means delivering what the end user wants.