The Definitive Guide to Modern Software Delivery

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Modern enterprises succeed or fail on their ability to develop, deliver and leverage software. Whether one is analyzing market leaders, or traditional financial services organizations alike, a close inspection reveals that adopting modern software development and delivery capabilities has enabled these organizations to increase productivity, achieve efficiency and drive innovation.

Accepting that software paves the path to a modern enterprise and successfully embracing that reality prove to be very different challenges. Many larger organizations seek to implement the modern approaches to software which are celebrated by the once smaller digital native companies.

These practices include agile (interactive, user-centric planning and execution), continuous deployment (deploying every change to production), two-pizza-sized teams (small teams focused on specific features and functionality) and mantras like “fail fast and fix things.” Enterprises, however, face unique
challenges in implementing these practices in a manner which sustainably drives the successful outcomes they seek.

Enterprises have the challenges of scale and complexity to overcome. Such organizations have multiple lines of business with multiple teams in each, leveraging multiple technologies coordinated across multiple functional groups, and often needing to align to provide a coherent user experience and drive shared objectives. Scale and complexity result in a diversity of teams, tools and technologies. However, the root problem is not the diversity of the organization but rather the pervasive disconnection across teams. Disconnections between development and operations, leadership and practitioners, and front-end and back-end teams all result in inefficiency, lower productivity, failure to innovate and ultimately poor customer satisfaction.

The solution lies in connecting all phases of the software development and delivery lifecycle to achieve a shared and seamless process within a unified view. The best way to connect these historically disparate views is to focus on the five pillars of Software Delivery Automation: Continuous Integration , Continuous Delivery , Release Orchestration , Feature Management , Value-stream Management .

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