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Reducing the Hidden Costs of Continuous Integration

Reducing the Hidden Costs of Continuous Integration

According to a study conducted by Forrester Research, Inc., 38 percent of the infrastructure decision-makers that automated their release automation and continuous deployment efforts and implemented DevOps enjoyed revenue growth of at least 10 percent in the previous year. On the other hand, only 25 percent of decision-makers who opted not to adopt DevOps reported revenue growth of 10 percent or more. Some advantages of continuous delivery (CD) and continuous integration (CI) include higher confidence in code, faster feedback, and the ability to give decision-makers the competition advantage for winning.

One thing that many teams fail to take into consideration is that it can be costly in terms of rollout, training, and operations to implement and manage a CI/CD platform. These costs are existence whether you’re running it on your own or using a SaaS. There are several factors when it comes to CI/CD implementation and management that will help reduce costs and help teams increase the value they receive from CI and optimize software delivery.

There are several strategies that you can use to decrease the ratio of time to value for teams implementing CI/CD pipelines. Read this article to learn more about how to reduce the hidden costs of continuous integration.

Reduce People Expense

DevOps teams can be pricey and often consist of the most experienced people within an organization. DevOps team members are most knowledgeable when it comes to the infrastructure and software of a company. Finding a CI/CD vendor can help free up your DevOps team from having to deal with abstract common operational concerns. That way, your DevOps team can work on projects with higher leverage.

Reduce infrastructure Expense

There are also steps that you can take to reduce the expenses associated with infrastructure. According to Webb, a single server will not put a huge dent in an organization’s budget. The issue arises when you look at the cost of servers as an aggregate. If you run a large set of servers all day every day, the costs can end up being substantial. If you have teams writing in a number of languages and different versions of the language, it is common for there to be different servers for each language version or language. The result of this is that it can be very expensive to have many heterogeneous CI agents running. You can resolve this issue by running jobs in containers that are isolated.

Leverage SaaS intelligently

People often assume that working in the cloud and using SaaS are automatically more cost-effective. However, this isn’t always true. According to Webb, many teams don’t end up saving money because they simply shift to the cloud or to a SaaS solution without making any other changes. For most organizations, it isn’t feasible to save money by simply shifting to a new solution while continuing to do things the same way they have always been performed. If you decide to transition to SaaS or the cloud, you should look for opportunities for improving your process during the migration to new infrastructure.

Increase Agility and Speed

When you work with systems that shift provisioning and configuration tasks away from the DevOps engineers to the developers who are intimate with the code, you will optimize your spending on people and save on infrastructure costs. You should give teams their own autonomy to update pipelines, so that you can enjoy increased speed, agility, responsiveness, and iteration throughout your organization.

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