The Reality: The interest in CI/CD, as shown in the chart below, has sky rocketed over the past few years. This has been driven by the desire for software development teams to accelerate the pace at which they build and deliver software by adopting DevOps and striving for greater levels of automation throughout the entire development lifecycle. As the leading open source automation server, we are living in a Jenkins World these days. However, even with the rapid adoption of CI/CD solutions like Jenkins, continuous integration and delivery can’t thrive without continuous testing.
Unlocking the Power of CI/CD: In order to fully realize the potential of continuous integration and continuous delivery, teams need to ensure that their entire software development pipeline is designed for automation and speed. Often, the QA process becomes a major bottleneck to realizing the benefits of CI/CD. When this happens, there is often pressure to compromise on the QA process all together, resulting in an increase in post-deployment bugs which result in a poor end-user experience and increases development costs due to debugging. Or the other option is to build-in sufficient time for the QA team to complete their test cases and ensure complete test coverage, which delays delivery timelines significantly. Both options are frustrating and present a trade-off that shouldn’t exist in the first place.
How SmartBear Can Help: We believe that it is critical to equip every development, testing, and operations team member with the tools they need to accelerate application development and delivery while also improving quality and performance. Therefore, we have architected our entire product line of software quality tools to enable automation at every stage of the software development process, including an out-of-the-box integration with Jenkins, to ensure continuous testing processes integrate seamlessly into your existing workflows.
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