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What is a modern CI/CD pipeline

Susmitha Vakkalanka
Susmitha Vakkalanka
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March 27, 2024

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Companies expect to deploy products and updates constantly and seamlessly.  A Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD) pipeline is the foundation of a modern DevOps environment that is used to embrace industry demands.

Ok, but what is CI/CD?
What is a modern CI/CD pipeline?

Here’s how some Opsera team members describe it:

Todd Barczak

- Lifelong nerd, Pragmatic developer

Modern Continuous Integration pipelines represent a goal for development teams were testing and security are automated and baked into the workflow so that they are both out of mind for developers in terms of having to engage them, but always present ensuring higher code standards.  

While Continuous Delivery pipelines should be consistent, anticipated, and running near continuously without human intervention.  They should be pushing code to test platforms in short form and to production on daily intervals.  Teams should be following the roll forward methodologies and keeping their applications in a constant state of improvement with confidence in that code due to the quality and Continuous Integration pipeline feeding the Delivery process.  These workflows should leverage feature flagged technology over branch management and should just work, allowing developers to focus on the code rather than worrying about the overhead of producing that code.

"CI Pipelines represent security and quality. CD Pipelines represent reliability and resilience and innovation." - Todd Barczak


- Automation tester, solving challenging problems to automate the automation of continuous Opsera DevOps delivery

"CI/CD is nothing but Continuous code delivery to meet the increasing demand for speed, with little to no manual intervention. In the growing agile world, much faster delivery of products to customers is the dream of every business".

Vishnu Vasudevan

- Head of Product, DevOps Institute Ambassador

Pic Courtesy: DevOps.com

Continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) has been providing the flexibility needed for agile software development framework. With evolving open source technologies and cloud journeys, CICD which was built a few years ago doesn’t work anymore due to rising security concerns and with the new security controls and threat vulnerabilities in the market developers and management are forced to adopt and adapt to open source technologies. The problem with that is, there is a lot of learning curve for the team to learn the new tools and spend more time around identifying the right tool for their needs.

Suggested Read: What is DevSecOps and Why Is It Important for Your Company?

Modern CI/CD 

Modern CI/CD requires flexibility and also offers full control over the CI/CD tools and processes for the development and operations teams to choose the DevOps tools, allow them to construct the pipeline without worrying about the integration and also have 360-degree insights around the pipelines that are used across all technologies or platforms or services. The way I look at modern CI/CD is making things easy for development, operations, managers, or executives in terms of toolchain automation, pipelines, analytics. Identifying the bottlenecks in the pipeline via logs around security and compliance posture is going to be critical for CISO’s to take action on the security issues and also help executives to make decisions on the tools and technologies that work for the application that is hosted. 

Opsera Pipelines Make your Deployments Faster

With Opsera, building your CI/CD pipeline is as easy as drag-and-drop, plug-and-play, with no manual or code-based integrations required. Users can easily build the pipelines/workflows across various DevOps stages (code commit, software builds, security scans, vault integration, approvals, notifications, thresholds and gates, quality testing integrations, validation, integrating with change control and monitoring tools, deployment and providing a view of activity logs across every stage, etc). Every step in the chain becomes clear and deliberate, processes become transparent and manageable, and deployments quickly go from frustrating to seamless.

"Opsera is reducing the time, cost, and pain of setting up and managing my CI/CD pipeline to a simple and frictionless process." Zach Poley, CTO, Clear Ventures

You get out of the box integrations and pipeline visibility across all the CI/CD stages, for various use cases including Software engineering, SaaS release automation (Salesforce, ServiceNow), and infrastructure-as-a-code pipelines.

Opsera’s no-code pipelines cover a variety of domain-based use cases for Software and Salesforce development across product and IT engineering to help increase productivity, release efficiency, and visibility. - Head of Commercial Apps, Fortune 500 Telecommunications Company.

" We had built our own pipelines and tooling over a two year period... the Opsera team built the integration in two days. I feel like the holistic approach that the Opsera is taking to solve the Orchestrating problems is a key step in the evolution of DevOps.” -Kevin Railsback, Senior Director of Technical Operations
Watch the video to see how Opsera helped Reflektion reduce build issue diagnostic time by 20%.
Learn more about Opsera’s declarative pipelines here. You have Code. We have pipelines.Learn more about Opsera and sign up for your own sandbox or a demo!

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