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As 2022 kicks off, it’s becoming apparent that the major DevOps challenge organizations will face is mastering best practices that enable continuous delivery.
A global survey of more than 19,000 software development professionals conducted by the Continuous Delivery (CD) Foundation found 44% of respondents use either continuous integration or deployment. However, less than one in five (18%) use both practices to automate the entire software delivery life cycle. Continuous integration is currently the most popular DevOps-related activity (32%) followed by continuous deployment at 29%, the survey found.
The survey also found that only 14% of respondents said, on average, that they can go from code checked-in to successfully running that code in production in one day. Just 10% said they routinely deploy code to production each day. Nearly a third of respondents said they still manually approve code deployments to production.
Tracy Miranda, executive director for the CD Foundation, said it’s clear there is a need for a better understanding of continuous delivery as a distinct DevOps discipline that stands apart from continuous integration processes. While the two DevOps practices are complementary, she noted that continuous delivery requires a level of engineering expertise that many developers either lack or are simply not interested in gaining.
In fact, the survey found more than a quarter of respondents (26%) are not involved in DevOps-related activities at all. At the same time, however, the survey revealed that 80% of respondents that work for companies with two or more employees are involved in DevOps to some degree. Nearly 60% of enterprise developers that participated in the survey employ a continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) platform, as opposed to 48% of developers working in small businesses and 42% of contractors. However, it’s clear from the survey results that much of that activity is focused on continuous integration rather than continuous delivery.
The survey revealed, for example, that less than a quarter of respondents (23%) are involved in infrastructure provisioning and management at all. That compares to nearly a third (32%) that are involved in application and infrastructure monitoring. Only 20% are involved in creating automated tests, Collectively, the survey results make it clear there is still a long way to go in terms of shifting responsibility for DevOps practices further left toward developers.
One reason continuous delivery is so challenging is that automating deployments across platforms has never been especially easy. Each platform tends to be customized to the point where it is difficult to automate application deployments. In effect, each platform is its own unique type of “snowflake.”
However, with more attention focused on the integrity of software supply chains in the wake of a series of high-profile breaches, Miranda noted that automating software delivery will play a major role in achieving automation goals by reducing the need to rely on manual processes that are more easily compromised.
At the same time, more organizations are starting to embrace Kubernetes clusters—this can simplify automation of software delivery across a set of platforms that all share a common application programming interface (API), she noted.
The growing complexity of application development projects, coupled with increased reliance on software to drive digital business transformation initiatives, will also accelerate the adoption of continuous delivery best practices, added Miranda.
One way or another, application deployment in 2022 is shaping up to be a lot more automated than it was in previous years. The only thing left to be determined now is the degree to which that goal can be achieved.
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