When is Open Source not Enough?

I recently contributed an article to CM Crossroads on when (or whether) to upgrade from an open source Continuous Integration (CI) system to a fully automated enterprise system.  It’s a question we get a lot.  To help our customers assess their needs, I always start by asking these seven questions:

  • Are you creating builds more than once a day?
  • Do you have multiple end products (targets, platforms) for your builds?
  • Is your current CI environment made up of multiple, standalone systems throughout the company?
  • Are your teams geographically dispersed?
  • Is it difficult to scale your build-test-deploy environment to the next level?
  • Are there barriers to sharing and reusing scripts?
  • Is it challenging to track builds over time and conduct cross-project reporting?

If the answer is yes to two or more of the above questions, it’s usually a sign that the CI environment has become too complex for open source.   While making a tool switch may sound painful, the performance improvement and reduced scripting/maintenance you realize from the change is almost always worth the effort.

Anders Wallgren

Anders Wallgren is Chief Technical Officer of Electric Cloud. Anders brings with him over 25 years of in-depth experience designing and building commercial software. Previously, Anders held executive and management positions at Aceva, Archistra, Impresse, Macromedia (MACR), Common Ground Software and Verity (VRTY). Anders holds a B.SC from MIT.

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