Harder, better, faster, stronger

Continuous Delivery becoming a new norm across the board

Lucy Carey
don-t-stop

According to a new study by Perforce Software, the tech space is rapidly absorbing CD as a given, with 80% of SaaS companies already putting it into practice.

In the globalised economy, business never sleeps – and
that’s as true for the tech as anywhere else. Long gone are the
days when leisurely, protracted release cycles were the norm. In
today’s pressure cooker market, for a software to be successful,
releases must be carried out continuously, or, at the very least,
on a semi-annual basis.

As a recent
study
commissioned by Continuous Delivery (CD) specialists
Perforce Software demonstrates, this methodology is rapidly being
adopted across the development space.

In total, 600 people from the tech sector across the
UK and US were questioned about the advantages and challenges of
CD, with respondents comprised of 200 developers, 200 department
managers, and 200 general managers.  

The majority of people questioned were already
familiar with the methodology – which makes sense, especially among
the participants who work in distributed teams.

According to the study, 80 percent of SaaS companies
already put CD into practice. But what’s also becoming apparent is
that CD is starting to transition out of its original SaaS niche
into something that’s becoming a given for any software development
process. Even amongst non-SaaS companies, 51%  said that CD
adoption had taken place across projects or teams within the
business.  


Christopher Seiwald
, founder and CEO of Perforce, noted that
“More and more companies are shifting their build, test and release
processes to Continuous Delivery in order to meet the heightened
expectations customers have for receiving better products
faster.”

The remaining barriers to CD adoption appear to differ
between enterprises. For SaaS companies, the biggest obstacle is a
lack of adequately skilled personnel to implement the practice.
 On the non-SaaS side, it’s the integration of automation
technologies which proves problematic.

Finally, the report gives a glimpse of how market pressures are
driving CD adoption. There’s a good deal of hype around CD at the
moment – and with companies such as Salesforce.com and the New York
Stock Exchange having practiced it for several years, some very
high visibility case studies.

Whilst
only 28%
of respondents stated that their companies practice CD
across every single project and team, 46% are convinced that their
competitors are already doing it. It’s no longer just a case of
being the best on the market – to get ahead these days, you’ve also
got to be the fastest.

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Hawes

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