• June 25, 2022

5 Steps to Planning CI/CD for IBM i +

Today, more and more businesses are turning to DevOps to meet the ever-evolving needs of their users and customers. Rocket® DevOps software allows companies using IBM® i to stay on the cutting edge of innovation by providing the tools and integration needed to implement “shift left” testing for true continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) testing and end-to-end DevSecOps workflows.

However, businesses looking to fully optimize their CI/CD to streamline software deployment management operations must first look to implement agile DevSecOps methodologies and processes across their multi-code environment. By establishing agile practices, teams can remove process barriers and enable developers to collaborate more closely in order to accelerate software delivery.

Here are the 5 steps to planning CI/CD for IBM i+:

1. Standardize Your Tools and Processes

Over the last five years, IT teams have moved away from employing a “let the developer decide what to use” philosophy to satisfy development steps (code, build, test, deploy, deliver and monitor) in favor of more integrated single-solution software options. It is important for development teams to choose the tools they believe will deliver results. However, implementing software with a comprehensive DevOps platform – that can integrate with other tools as needed – can provide a more unified view of visibility, reporting and collaboration for the process. Standardizing your tools and processes promotes team communication, minimizes software/process adoption and provides teams with a single means to commit, document and test changes.

2. Strengthen Your Requirements Gathering

The key to successful DevOps is a seamless flow from requirements gathering to implementing change during the software development lifecycle. Project managers must have the tools necessary to collect information on customer needs, translate those needs into development requirements and track resulting iterations. Implementing robust requirements gathering processes that feed directly into testing and clearly dictate what needs to be tested, and how, allows for sustained improvement and iteration.

3. Do Your Due Diligence

This should go without saying, but for some reason, it is often the step towards which organizations take a lackadaisical approach. It is critical to constantly monitor your existing processes, both prior to implementing CI/CD testing and throughout DevOps operations. Always look to identify, analyze, question and document your existing processes. Conduct competitor research to discover what best practices other companies are leveraging and incorporate those found to be successful. As your DevOps practices mature, you will continue to find more efficient and agile ways to improve application lifecycle management operations.

4. Elevate Your Testing

Implementing multiple test environments and processes—unit testing, integration testing and regression testing—lets your development team gain advanced insights into software functionality and UI. Integrating continuous automated testing into your operations exterminates bugs before production without exacerbating employee workloads. This, in turn, frees up developers to experiment. Finally, by standardizing all multi-code testing processes, testing can be done with greater predictability and by multiple people, thus simplifying CI/CD management.

5. Consistently Monitor Your Requirements

The speed and velocity of CI/CD make consistent scoping of requirements and constant visibility of your entire operation pivotal. Consistently monitoring requirements ensures all proper changes are being made and each resource is being used properly. And, by providing tools to generate end-to-end visibility of the entire development cycle, you can streamline agile planning processes and communication of any scope changes to relevant stakeholders.

By implementing each of the previous steps of the 5 Steps to Planning CI/CD for IBM i, you and your team will be on the fast track to implementing a fully optimized CI/CD operation.

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Rebecca Dilthey 14 Posts

Rebecca Dilthey is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Rocket Software.

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