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Stop Scripting Your Release Pipelines: Innovate Faster with XebiaLabs
From SME's to large enterprises, if you're still scripting your release pipelines, you're setting yourself up to fail.
At XebiaLabs, we recognize the importance of Continuous Integration tools like Jenkins in helping developers build, test, and validate their applications. But we also recognize that for end-to-end Continuous Delivery, Jenkins is not enough.
The end-to-end software release process involves many less technical team members whose activities depend on the status of the Jenkins development pipelines. To connect these separate pipelines and communicate status, too many organizations rely on manual scripting.
Creating and maintaining scripts to tie together release pipelines is highly inefficient, insecure, and expensive. That's because ad-hoc scripts written for one-off functions are not scalable, lack the standardization needed to enforce security and compliance controls, and trap your developers in a never-ending cycle of writing and maintaining code for functions that don't generate revenue.
You're also leaving some pretty significant competitive advantages on the table if you're scripting your application deployments and releases.
Connecting the release dots
Software delivery environments in large enterprises can have hundreds of releases happening at a time. While the end goal for these releases is a quality, customer-ready software product, it's the individual successes and the interoperability of the tools used in the pipeline that dictate the outcome.
Tying together the varying range of tools and processes used in delivery pipelines with custom scripts doesn't give you a view of what's really happening inside of a release.
Teams need to be able to quickly segment their releases and understand all of the components, dependencies, and risks. And to move fast without compromising quality, the disparate tools need to be orchestrated, so that you can automate for consistent, repeatable processes.
With the XebiaLabs DevOps Platform you get tooling and process orchestration across your entire release pipeline coupled with full visibility in the complete context of your release. Our deep integrations with most DevOps tools, plus our flexible integration framework that allows new integrations to be added easily, give organizations the power to connect all tools in the DevOps toolchain, without ad-hoc or custom scripting.
Keeping your developers happy
Developers are an extremely important asset in a software delivery pipeline, so it's important to enable them to do their best work.
The XebiaLabs DevOps Platform orchestrates release tasks throughout the pipeline and automatically tracks for reporting and auditability. These capabilities allow your developers to use the tools they love––like Jenkins for CI and Ansible for provisioning––to build new functionality instead of wasting time writing and maintaining plumbing scripts.
With your developers freed from unnecessary scripting, and with automated processes set to kick off throughout the pipeline, you not only save time and effort, but reduce the risk of introducing new errors to old processes.
Why not let your developers continue to build awesome code in Jenkins with the assurance that all their events will be orchestrated in the proper order and logged for actionable reporting and proper auditability across all of your releases?
Unlocking the data treasure chest
By providing over 100 integrations with the most useful DevOps tools, the XebiaLabs DevOps Platform is in a unique position to access and unify data across the entire software delivery pipeline creating your "Software Chain of Custody." The Software Chain of Custody provides the evidence about everything that happens in your software delivery pipeline. It proves what happened, when it happened, where it happened, and who made it happen. With scripted processes, it's impossible to aggregate all of the data that is produced, especially in the context of an end-to-end release.
XebiaLabs enables all software delivery team members to instantly see how often they're releasing software and to what level of success. You can easily see when the last time code was checked into GIT and when it was released to Production. And you can rest assured after checking that your security tests ran and passed.
XebiaLabs' custom dashboards and intelligent analytics provide visibility and reporting to highlight release status and risk. Your entire team, regardless of their technical level, can get everything from chain of custody reports (audit reports) to release forecasts to value stream maps, in one place.
See us at the DevOps Enterprise Summit 2019
Attending the DevOps Enterprise Summit? Stop by our booth to see the XebiaLabs DevOps Platform in action!
- Connect Jenkins to Enterprise DevOps Pipelines with the XebiaLabs DevOps Pack for Jenkins
- How 4 Companies Use XebiaLabs to Extend Jenkins for Continuous Delivery
- Top Jenkins Misconception Officially Resolved – Jenkins is Great for CI but Not CD
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