Continuous Deployment has clearly been the talk of the town and we are seeing a large number of organizations adopt themselves to this practice. These organizations' intents are both to grow themselves and to fulfill their customers' needs as soon as possible.
So, before we start diving into why I think that Continuous Deployment should be practiced, let's explain both CI and CD.
Continuous Integration. Continuous Integration is an essential first part of a Continuous Delivery workflow. It aims to help software teams ensure that their changes are built and tested with the latest version of the entire codebase. As a result of Continuous Integration, most bugs are found almost immediately after the code change is committed. This leads to better quality since each bug can be easily isolated to a specific code change and fixed promptly.
Continuous Deployment. On a similar note, Continuous Deployment is a strategy for software releases wherein any commit that passes the automated testing phase is automatically released into the production deployment.
Both Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment always try to minimize the manual tasks and adopt a unified pipeline that will integrate and deploy tasks as and when they happen.
Benefits of Using Continuous Deployment
1. Eliminate DIY for Continuous Delivery and increase the focus on the product.
2. Automate the repetitive tasks and focus on actual testing.
3. Make deployments frictionless without compromising security.
4. Scale from a single application to an Enterprise IT portfolio.
5. Connect your existing tools and technologies (such as CI providers, DevOps tools, or scripts) into a harmonious workflow.
6. Integrate teams and processes with a unified pipeline.
7. Create workflows across the development, testing, and production environments
8. Provide a single view across all applications and environments.
9. Ship both cloud-native and traditional applications in a unified pipeline.
10. Improve overall productivity.
These are only some of the simple advantages of Continuous Deployment that organizations powered by software can be able to enjoy by adopting themselves to this practice.