To test and roll out new software, we automate as much as possible. Automated process allows you to improve software without having to wait for deployment cycles.
You want to be able to introduce new versions or features of the software, quickly and often, without the risk of mistakes or failures. Therefore, it’s necessary to automate important processes such as testing and deployments.
We work according to the continuous delivery principle. This means placing new versions or software extensions into a production environment as often as possible. This requires a lot of developmental quality: you can not endanger the stability of the production environment. The roll-out and testing of the software is therefore fully automated, also to improve efficiency. In addition, developed code is always checked with peer-reviews.
The logical benefit of this is that the software continuously improves without having to wait for the deployment cycles. An additional benefit is that individual releases are small and therefore less complex and risky.
With continuous delivery, you have do not deliver releases with a ‘big bang’ and champagne, rather you innovate and improve faster, more often and with more security.
Continuous delivery gives you the unique opportunity to collect feedback from end users as soon as possible based on the new or modified functionality. In fact, by using canary releasing, for example, with tools like VAMP.io, you can roll-out your new or modified functionality in phases to a specific set of end users.
Continuous delivery is practical because the permanent feedback allows you to identify and correct any complications or improvements. The knowledge you gain has a directly positive effect on both the development and the final product.
The Advantage of Continuous Delivery
Thanks to the continuous stream of improvements, based on feedback, new features will go into production faster and you won’t have to wait a long time for visible results.
Continuous integration means that developers place their code into a central repository as often as possible, after which it is automated and potentially rolled out to other (test)environments.
Continuous integration ensures that the entire development team is in possession of the latest version of the software and that problems are detected faster.
The Advantage of Continuous Integration
It also ensures that both time and cost are saved and that the quality of the product continues to be guaranteed thanks to automatic, functional tests.
An important part of the continuous flow of innovation and feedback is monitoring. It provides, in addition to functional feedback, useful feedback on the health of the application. Through automated systems, the application and its environment are permanently checked so that any problems or bottlenecks can be detected and fixed more quickly. Correct monitoring contributes to the stability of the application and provides critical information to the software development team.
The Advantage of Monitoring
Monitoring contributes to the stability of the application and prevents failures. In addition, it contributes to the continuous ‘feedback loop’ for developers, which improves the quality of the software.
In order to enable continuous delivery and continuous integration, our teams operate in full accordance with the DevOps principle. This means that our IT infrastructure specialists work closely with software developers, from the design phase all the way to the end of the support phase. With DevOps, we ensure that the developed software is seamlessly connected to the hosting environment from the start of the project: both the test and production environment, and that automated deployment is possible. Issues related to scalability or connectivity with other systems are detected and resolved with DevOps at a very early stage. Our infrastructure specialists provide critical information about the developed software, such as possible security risks or performance issues. This will improve the quality of the code.
DevOps offers our developers the opportunity to actively work with the infrastructure and to continuously connect them to their needs.
If the demand for development of new or modified functionality decreases, the project will go into the support phase. With a DevOps device, this is virtually seamless, because the content and technical knowledge is already available through our servicedesk, the team responsible for support based on your Service Level Agreement (SLA). The service desk is also the point of contact for new functionality or changes.
The Advantage of DevOps
Good collaboration between infrastructure and developers provides early insight into the most ideal hosting environment, and contributes to the quality of the software. In addition, DevOps offers a seamless transition into the support phase.