The role of CI/CD (Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery/Deployment) acronyms is critical in modern software development processes. These practices offer an integrated approach to software development and release processes aimed at improving efficiency and quality.

The role of the Continuous Integration (CI) part is to integrate newly written code into the main code base in a systematic and automatic way. This means that developers share their code with other team members frequently and continuously, and the automated process of integration helps to quickly identify incompatibilities and bugs.

Continuous Delivery (CD) and Continuous Deployment (CD) services are introduced at the next stage of the process. Continuous Delivery means that we are able to release each version of the code into the development environment, but this does not mean that deployment is automatic. Continuous Deployment means essentially the same thing but automated, i.e. every time tests run successfully in the test environment, the code is automatically released to the production environment.

These practices have many business benefits:

  • Faster release time: frequent integration and continuous releases allow for faster product development and faster communication with customers.
  • Higher software quality: through automated testing and integrated controls, CI/CD systems reduce the incidence of defects in the final product.
  • Improved teamwork and communication: CI/CD processes coordinate the work of developers, testers and operations teams, facilitating more effective collaboration and faster problem resolution.
  • Cost savings: development and operational costs are reduced through automated processes and more reliable software.

Through these benefits, CI/CD not only enables more efficient and faster software development, but also increases a company's competitiveness and responsiveness to market changes.