Optimizing Your DevOps Testing on Multi-Code Environments
The Rocket® DevOps modernization platform helps businesses establish a robust DevOps infrastructure within existing multi-code environments that include IBM® i. By implementing DevOps operations onto existing platforms, teams are able to integrate innovative third-party tools and modernize existing processes to help increase productivity and easily improve regulatory compliance. Modernization through integration and automation also enables businesses to simplify and standardize many of their DevOps testing and operations, enabling developers and IT admins outside of IBM i developer teams to engage and support DevOps processes.
But, introducing modernized tools and operations onto existing IBM i processes with Rocket DevOps is only half the battle. A fluid DevOps infrastructure runs on two fundamental principles: structure and flexibility. Leveraging Rocket DevOps, teams can structure a sustainable DevOps process that generates the freedom and flexibility needed to make continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) a reality. By establishing true CI/CD test cycles, teams are able to fully optimize their DevOps operations.
Establishing CI/CD Testing within IBM i+ Environments: The Why & How
Implementing CI/CD testing within multi-code environments comes with its own challenges. Teams must reconcile multiple, often conflicting, development workflows and approaches—like Agile and Waterfall. CI/CD workflows are also liable to disruptions due to varying development timelines for different code languages—especially managing modern languages like Python and Java with more IBM i-centric languages like RPG. Developers must also solve for the lack of integrated code testing across the board and potential misalignments among QA controls and between development teams.
Although there are many hurdles to overcome, the benefits of achieving a true CI/CD testing cycle far outweigh the obstacles along the way. Early and often “shift left” testing reduces risk by detecting issues as soon as they occur, speeds the delivery of features by deploying automatic testing processes that require almost no manual intervention and increases observability to highlight key performance metrics and easily trace issues to their source.
Rocket DevOps’ pervasive automation and rich authentication and controls capabilities, along with Rocket’s 5 testing best practices for IBM i DevOps, uncomplicates several obstacles and allows companies to revitalize every aspect of their development cycle to:
- Engage out-of-the-box automation: Teams can automate various development tasks, including data gathering, change requests, deployments and more.
- Improve visibility to encourage collaboration: Integrating systems and operations into a unified DevOps environment deters department silos and simplifies test scheduling.
- Streamline compliance reporting: Rocket DevOps reduces administrative burden with preconfigured templates, permissions/controls and automation capabilities that ensure compliance and the integrity of each finished product.
- Enable DevSecOps: Teams can infuse security best practices into every development stage to ensure each development process or application is secure.
- Perform management enhancement requests and changes with lean agility: The platform’s easy-to-use UI improves project scoping to speed delivery times by simplifying the collecting, tracking and assigning of change requests.
The finished product, a fully optimized DevOps operation, drives development teams’ ability to run true end-to-end CI/CDg. By leveraging Rocket DevOps’ precise automated testing to reduce the risk of errors and allow developers to focus on experimentation and testing, teams have the structure and flexibility to integrate CI/CD processes on their IBM i infrastructure. Implemented correctly, DevOps operations with CI/CD testing have the potential to instill greater levels of innovation, resilience and competitiveness in today’s unstable market.