An efficient and effective CI/CD pipeline is crucial for a successful DevOps transformation. One step toward establishing effective CI/CD is to eliminate common misunderstandings that can stymie progress or make work more difficult.
Any organization going toward DevOps maturity should assess whether some of the common misconceptions are leading them astray. A common misunderstanding among businesses is that CI/CD is a potential replacement for the requirement for experienced humans. The goal of CI/CD automation, however, is to automate repetitive processes so that humans can focus on work that needs unique abilities and critical thinking.
Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipeline have the potential to revolutionize software delivery and accelerate the DevOps journey. By automating the construction, testing, and deployment of applications, CI/CD aids in the collaboration of development and operations teams. There is a lot of information out there about how to build and improve a CI/CD pipeline, but there are also a lot of misconceptions. Understanding these myths will help businesses avoid costly mistakes and delays.
Here are some common misconceptions that businesses should be aware of.
There is no heavy lifting involved
Most people believe that CI/CD tools fully automate the application lifecycle process. This is not the case. Some CI/CD engines are solely capable of orchestration. To do the heavy lifting of automated testing, configuration management, and deployments, organizations develop integrations with the rest of the ecosystem.
Customers don’t like change all the time
Continuous delivery does not imply that new features are delivered on a regular basis. The purpose of a CD is twofold: First and foremost, the CD is concerned with operations. Customers want things to change quickly when things go wrong in the middle of the night. Businesses require the potential to fix production swiftly and safely while they are fatigued and stressed late at night.
Companies require a standardized and fully automated quality process so that, when they are already in a dumpster fire, they do not exacerbate the situation by attempting to devise a mechanism to slam in a change since their usual delivery process takes many hours or days. Organizations use the hotfix process to deliver new changes every day to verify their hotfix process. Every change in a CD workflow is an emergency change, and emergency changes apply the safest, most well-tested quality process available.
Second, the CD is about identifying and eliminating delivery bottlenecks and toil. Development should be focused on delivering the proper thing rather than wasting time figuring out how to implement this modification. Businesses can relentlessly remove drag from the development process to shorten the drag from idea to delivery by using CD as a tool to eliminate the unnecessary and automate verification, compliance, and security.
Every build leads to a finished result
People believe that if they use CI/CD to build, every build will be deployed to production. This isn’t correct. CI/CD is more than simply a way to get code into production; it also offers developers the power to decide what code can go into production, what code can be tested, and what is truly required to go to production. A CI/CD pipeline is truly production-ready only after it has gone through all of the security and quality processes.
CI/CD facilitates deployment
In the business world, CI/CD refers to code that appears to be deployed by itself. There are various bits of work that need to be completed under the hood, and there are now several obstacles stopping this goal from becoming a reality. In basic terms, the company views it as a pipeline that runs from one end (developers) to the other (deployment); however, there are various leaks that cause deployments to be uneven.