Continuous Integration & Monitoring
Continuous Integration is a part of the software development methodology called Continuous Development. In this step, changes are updated & integrated into the code multiple times in a day. This process speeds up the whole process, helps to find any issues & resolve them quickly along with making the process transparent to all those involved. Doing so also helps to ensure client needs are kept & it creates an competitive advantage for them.
In order to get the maximum benefit of Continuous Integration, the second step is Continuous Deployment or Continuous Delivery, where the code is tested & gets ready to be deployed in the production environment once it passes the required tests. While Continuous Deployment is fully automated, the final deployment in Continuous Delivery is done manually. But, the main purpose of both, Continuous Deployment or Continuous Delivery, is to ensure that the code is always ready for deployment.
Adopting the Continuous Development process ensures that the time taken for software development can get reduced significantly as compared to the other software development methods. This way software gets updated on a continuous basis & provides security. This also saves time & money as well as the quality of output & productivity of the software development improves. Customers get a better end-user experience as bugs get rectified and website doesn’t need to down for maintenance or repair, both of which cause dissatisfaction & could cause loss of business as well if not handled properly.
In order to ensure proper success & get the maximum benefit out of implementing Continuous Integration & Continuous Deployment or Continuous Delivery, Continuous Monitoring is the best method of maintaining quality within the tight deadlines. This is a process which is used to reduce the risks by putting certain controls in place to keep business safe from online threats. It also includes having regular checks so that they continue to be effective against existing & potential risks. This is a part of good corporate risk management practice It is needed for better cybersecurity and risk management.
This helps to secure the business as innovation in technology has made it easier for hackers to launch cyber attacks in order to steal sensitive & personal data. Then if done properly, this helps to remove, modify or improve any processes that are currently ineffective which improve the overall productivity or is currently or can potentially become a security threat.
A major function of having a Continuous Monitoring system in place is to have the ability to quickly locate any vulnerabilities & ensure all relevant steps can be easily be taken to deal with them as per the resources available. This ensures that security issues are given as much importance as software development.