Every modern business is technology-driven
To survive and prosper in the modern digital world, companies have to transform and innovate in order to match their digital-first, technology-driven competitors. Traditional IT departments must embrace digital transformation by moving towards lean and Agile approaches to software development. Recent studies have shown that when a company's technology department performs well, the performance of the entire organization improves.
Successful technology organizations generally possess a strong culture built on the use of efficient and effective processes, which allow new features to be developed and released quickly and reliably. Firms looking to upgrade their change management process and tooling must invest in building these Agile processes and DevOps teams in order to achieve continuous delivery.
Operating in the areas of agile, DevOps and continuous delivery since 2008
Our first step in moving towards continuous delivery was establishing the proper culture and processes for internal development. In 2010, we started providing CI/CD service offerings due to popular demand from our clients. Now we have hundreds of architects and engineers working directly with our clients to build the culture, organization and team structures necessary for continuous delivery, as well as automate every aspect of application development, testing, deployment and production operations. We have helped both large and small clients in various industries transform and change the way they build software.
The right organizational team structure
It is easier and cheaper to achieve continuous delivery with the correct organization and team structure:
- In service-oriented technology organizations, each team should provide their value "-as-a-service" with well-defined APIs, and should facilitate efficient collaboration.
- Teams should be self-contained, cross-functional, and follow the two-pizza rule to determine their size. The team as a whole should have all the necessary skills to define, develop and release its product.
The ability to develop, test, deploy and release different services independently is a prerequisite for an efficient continuous delivery process. Monolithic applications with hundreds of developers working on a single, shared codebase significantly increases the difficulty of implementing continuous delivery.
Microservices architecture or well-designed service-oriented architecture imposes strict requirements on service contracts, increasing their isolation, improving their testability and enabling continuous delivery.
Fully automated development lifecycle
To achieve continuous delivery, all aspects of application development and the release lifecycle should be automated:
- Functional, performance, security and stability testing.
- Build and packaging.
- Configuration management.
- Infrastructure provisioning and application deployment.
- Production operations and SRE.
High deployment frequency
Short lead time to change
Auditability and high degree of control
Short time to restore from failure
How it works
Our engagement model
Because we value a hands-on approach, we embed our architects and engineers into development and release teams to help with the tasks at hand from the beginning of the project. This help ranges from advising on the right organizational structure and choosing the right mix of roles and skills in a development team, to building a continuous delivery platform and automating the deployment and change management process. We understand enterprise change management, production operations and security policies.
Our approach is not to disrupt existing