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The goal of an end-to-end Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipeline is to deliver software-based innovation and business value at both speed and scale. As we saw in the Key Criteria Report: Enterprise CI/CD, continuous principles apply across the pipeline to integration, delivery, and deployment into development, staging, and production environments. An important concept is the ability to represent everything in the pipeline, and the pipeline itself, as interdependent artifacts (shown in Figure 1).
Figure 1. Architecture of the End-to-End CI/CD Pipeline
The CI/CD pipeline should align with broader elements of innovation best practices, each of which needs to incorporate the “continuous” principle, including:
- CI/CD and/or CD
- Target deployment environments—on-premises, cloud, or both
- Communication and collaboration
- Governance, compliance, and risk
- Management and planning
- Evaluation, visibility, and feedback
Together, these concepts make up the framework for how we can consider the shape of CI/CD today, and offer criteria for how enterprises can evaluate CI/CD tooling vendors. In this report, we provide a broad overview of the tools vendors are offering in response.
Please refer to the GigaOm Key Criteria Report: Enterprise CI/CD to get a complete description of the key criteria and evaluation metrics referenced in this report.
How to Read this Report
This GigaOm report is one of a series of documents that helps IT organizations assess competing solutions in the context of well-defined features and criteria. For a fuller understanding consider reviewing the following reports:
Key Criteria report: A detailed market sector analysis that assesses the impact that key product features and criteria have on top-line solution characteristics—such as scalability, performance, and TCO—that drive purchase decisions.
GigaOm Radar report: A forward-looking analysis that plots the relative value and progression of vendor solutions along multiple axes based on strategy and execution. The Radar report includes a breakdown of each vendor’s offering in the sector.
Solution Profile: An in-depth vendor analysis that builds on the framework developed in the Key Criteria and Radar reports to assess a company’s engagement within a technology sector. This analysis includes forward-looking guidance around both strategy and product.