Harder, better, faster, stronger
Continuous Delivery becoming a new norm across the board
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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