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Scale Up DevOps Maturity with Continuous Delivery Automation Plugins

Improving your DevOps requires that you first achieve higher levels of maturity in your Continuous Delivery process orchestrated by your Continuous Integration workflows. The challenge is that Continuous Integration is most often defined by developers to support a particular project. Automation is done using platform based tools to solve the tactical needs of the development team for compiling code and deploying binaries to a small number of endpoints for test automation. This logic, and the underlying framework, is then passed to testing and production environments to be re-executed in larger more diverse environments.

The result is the central testing and release teams must learn, support and manage hundreds of back-end processes usually driven by scripts that are written in a variety of languages to support different platforms and development tools. This approach is simply not sustainable in the long run and prevents the centralized team from easily on-boarding new teams. This causes the enterprise build and release teams to manage the centralized process for only a few development teams, leaving the other teams on their own for building code and releasing binaries. In addition, these scripts seldom address database updates, further complicating the process.

To take DevOps to a higher level of maturity, automation must be introduced into the Continuous Delivery process replacing many of the one-off back end scripts with more efficient Playbooks and Plugins. This is the role of Build Automation and Release Management.

Leverage Plugins to Automate Continuous Delivery and improve DevOps Maturity

Build Automation and Release Management are called from a continuous integration workflow to perform the heavy lifting of compiling code and deploying binaries. Both take full advantage of a model-driven approach using Playbooks and Plugins. Playbooks and Plugins create the standardization needed for elevating DevOps across the enterprise to a higher level of Maturity and continuous process improvement. They also deliver many benefits including acceleration, reporting, tracking, inventory management, dependency management and security controls that cannot be achieved by scripts alone.

DevOps Maturity Graph

In order to move beyond "team based" automation the enterprise must consider implementing a standardized DevOps process that can:

1) Support different teams, languages and platforms
2) Takes advantage of Playbooks and Plugins for reuse and standardization
3) Give Developers tactical control and Operations strategic control
4) Exposes the low-level details of both build and releases that can be reported on, reviewed and acted upon to achieve Continuous Process Improvement.

 

Meister for Build Automation and Release Engineer for Release Management help you achieve this higher level of maturity while diminishing the disruption that standardization can often cause. Our solutions support your existing build and deploy scripts and Continuous Integration Server while providing you a road map for moving up the maturity scale by:

  • Providing standardized workflow automation across teams,
  • Support for multiple languages and platforms,
  • Deliver flexible Playbooks and plugins to automate builds and releases,
  • Generate audit and trend reports that cannot be easily gathered from build and deploy logs resulting in continuous process improvement and transparency across the organization.

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