ActiveState’s State of CI/CD Survey

We’re researching how ActiveState can help improve enterprise CI/CD tooling and practices. Take the State of Enterprise CI/CD Survey.

Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery or Deployment (CI/CD) is an agile software development best practice designed to enable more frequent and reliable code changes. And if you’re building a commercial application, who wouldn’t want that? As a result, there are a large number of CI/CD vendors with various offerings vying for a place in the software development processes of organizations.

With so many vendors and solutions, no universal out-of-the-box approach exists. In fact, most enterprise implementations are a mix of proprietary tools, open source, and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software that provide for one or more of the following CI/CD processes:

  • Automated build
  • Automated unit tests
  • Automated acceptance tests
  • Automated performance tests
  • Automated security tests
  • Automated provisioning and deployment to testing environments
  • Automated deployment to production

Additionally, most organizations have a long way to go before they’ve fully automated all CI/CD processes as many surveys (such as this one from devops.com) show.

ActiveState CI/CD Research

Here at ActiveState, we’re researching how our multi-language, multi-platform open source language automation platform (the ActiveState Platform) can help improve enterprise CI/CD tooling and practices. With a 20 year history of open source language support for organizations both large and small, we’ve seen some common pitfalls that may be negatively impacting CI/CD implementations, including:

  • Reproducibility — with more frequent code check-ins and deployments, any inconsistencies between dev, test and production environments can introduce major stumbling blocks.
  • Transparency — security and compliance issues that arise from a lack of provenance around open source language artifacts can also hold up the CI/CD chain.

We’ve done some preliminary polling (100 respondents) that seems to be back up these assertions, namely:

  • 30% of those polled said one of their major challenges is bugs and errors that cropped up due to differences between development, testing/staging and production language runtimes.
  • 40% of those polled indicated that automating security management for languages and dependencies remains a major challenge.

Join the CI/CD Survey

Now we’re expanding our efforts by launching the State of Enterprise CI/CD Survey, and we need your help. How does your enterprise’s practice of CI/CD compare to other enterprise’s CI/CD practice? And, more importantly, how can you improve your practices?

Once we’ve analyzed the results of the survey, we’ll be sending a copy to all participants to give you insight into how your processes compare to others, and help identify best practices you may be missing.

Take the State of Enterprise CI/CD Survey.

With 25+ years in software, I’ve had my share of both crossing and falling into the chasm. I’m currently the Product marketing Mgr at ActiveState Software.