Continuous Delivery is the New Agile

"If Agile Was the Opening Act, Continuous Delivery is the Headliner"

Kurt-BittnerKurt Bittner, Principla Analyst, Forrester Research

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Going Big, By Going small

building-blocksThe Agile Manifesto introduced the term Agile Development in 2001, changing the landscape of modern software development.

Agile methodologies taught Developers to breakdown software development to smaller chunks (“user stories”), accelerating feedback loops and aligning products with market need.

This iterative and incremental development practice gave rise to Continuous Integration (CI) – the practice of checking-in code often, with each “chunk” tested and integrated into a shared “trunk” several times a day.

The automation introduced by Continuous Integration (CI) created a flood of smaller and more frequent releases, which strained downstream QA and Operations teams who were struggling to keep up and support the development effort.


What’s Next?

The demands of the modern enterprise require the software development process to work at its utmost efficiency. The halcyon days of the Waterfall methodology are long past, and even the Agile Manifesto is over a decade old. Collaboration and communication are vital, as the speed of business can’t afford to wait on an outdated software development process.

Realizing True Agile

Continuous Delivery enables the speed you need to develop and deliver software in an Agile Business Environment. By accelerating the entire build-test-deploy cycle from weeks or months down to a few minutes, it allows your business to realize true Agile software development to get new, high quality applications to market faster.

Our builds are more predictable, and they're more accurate. This is because the testing is done at the same time and there are fewer mistakes. Electric Cloud has made my job easier. - Laurent Brack, Senior Software Manager, Consumer Products Group, LSI

The Continuous Delivery Evolution

 To support their business needs, enterprises are graduating from merely doing CI, to implementing Continuous Delivery.

Continuous Delivery (CD) is the application development discipline that takes Agile to its logical conclusion, creating software that is always ready to release. It does this by building upon and extending Agile, CI and DevOps practices and tools to transform the way software is delivered.


Electric Cloud’s solution enables you to:

  1. Automate build and release processes
    Accelerate software builds and integrate to existing SCM tools to enable continuous integration. Run push-button preflight builds and tests, without ever leaving the IDE.
  2. Automated and continuous testing Parallelize tests, automate test resource management, and run continuous tests on any IT infrastructure
  3. Parallelize jobs or individual steps across multiple environments and infrastructure Speed up build-test-deploy cycles by eliminating the long running tasks that slow down the entire software development cycle, encouraging developers to run multiple Agile cycles.
  4. Deploy application enhancements and bug fixes rapidly, reliably, and continuously.
    Standardize, automate, and perform faster application deployments to match the speed of application development and testing in an Agile environment
  5. Leverage dashboards and reports for complete end-to-end visibility and compliance
    Improve the visibility, auditability, and compliance of your development and delivery processes across the entire software development lifecycle.

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