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How to drive DevOps automation with a CI/CD pipeline in GCP

Accelerate business agility with an automated pipeline in your Google Cloud tech stack.

March 3, 2021 | By: Ian Salazar

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True DevOps transformation enables a culture of faster, smarter innovation. How? Through a continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) pipeline that enables frequent, small and reliable code changes. Standing up a CI/CD pipeline helps development teams adapt to the modern application world where code must be integrated and validated in multiple platforms, environments and tools.

Between safety or speed—you don’t have to choose. Continuous and automated delivery pipelines decrease risk and help organizations respond faster to their customers’ needs. Organizations can more quickly detect issues and predictably and frequently roll out high-quality products. Because CI/CD automates deployment steps, software development teams become more autonomous and can strategically focus on code quality and supporting their businesses. But an automated pipeline is just the beginning. A defined framework and platform that delivers can help your organization make the leap from one that works harder to one that works smarter.

Implementing CI/CD in GCP may seem complex, but the payoff is significant

A common challenge to implementing CI/CD, regardless of the cloud provider, is how to enable many related but disparate processes—from code source control through reporting.

In Google Cloud Platform (GCP), continuous delivery and software management services must be created, configured and connected manually, such as:

  • Build mechanisms
  • Continuous integration mechanisms
  • Testing mechanisms
  • Continuous deployment mechanisms
  • Reporting services

Bringing CI/CD to life in GCP may seem daunting, but it creates value in many ways. Deployment headaches are avoided, critical bugs are excluded from production environments, and your business can rapidly seize crucial business opportunities and—most importantly—increase customer satisfaction.

CI/CD GCP pipelines let developers focus more on enhancing applications and less on the laborious system details of delivering to a variety of computing environments. When errors are caught quickly, there are fewer code changes to fix further along in the development process.

Trends in CI/CD pipeline effectiveness can be measured in quantifiable and transparent DevOps KPIs such as deployment frequency, change lead time and mean time to recover (MTTR) from an incident.

Leveraging a technology partner can rapidly create a simplified GCP CI/CD solution

Getting started with CI/CD requires collaboration on process, technologies and approach. Teams need to agree on priorities and develop consensus so that once CI/CD within GCP is in place, the team is onboard to follow consistent practices.

Partnering with experienced technology partners who are specialized in Google Cloud can help you build a holistic and field-tested GCP CI/CD solution. Google Cloud Premier Partners, such as TEKsystems, have the technical depth and cultural expertise to assess your organization’s current state and needs and can deliver a GCP CI/CD solution that orchestrates services—from build to reporting—in one step. By working with a pragmatic partner, you can achieve a simplified and effective CI/CD strategy that saves overall development and operations costs.

Our pretested technology patterns and models can bring a CI/CD pipeline solution to life much faster than if your organization was building it from scratch. By following prescribed patterns and processes, your organization can align to CI/CD best practices, allowing for consistency across the product development team processes and resulting deliverables.

Ian Salazar is a senior practice architect with TEKsystems Global Services. Over the last 23 years, he has worked in a number of technical and senior leadership roles in software engineering organizations, and he has expertise in software development, DevOps, automation and cloud platform architecture.

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