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How to Architect Continuous Delivery Pipelines for Cloud-Native Applications


Delivering cloud-native applications requires balancing speed with quality and autonomy with standardization. Application technical professionals responsible for application platforms must deliver a pluggable and adaptable CI/CD pipeline service to meet DevOps demands.

Published: 09 July 2019

ID: G00377403

Analyst(s): Traverse Clayton

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Develop the Platform, Service and Application Together
    • Select Your First Applications for Automated Build and Release
    • Create a Culture to Support CI/CD
  • Step 1: Scope the CI/CD Service as a Product
    • Cross-Pollinate Responsibilities Between Development, Testing and Operations
    • Implement Metrics and Feedback Loops
  • Step 2: Select CI/CD Platform and Toolchain
    • Select Your Target Runtime Platform
    • Select the Supported Unit of Deployment
    • Consider These Attributes of Your Toolchain
  • Step 3: Design Pipelines for Speed and Quality
    • Design for Build and Packaging
    • Design for Testability
    • Design for Deployment
  • Step 4: Enable Developers to Integrate With CI/CD Pipelines
  • Step 5: Prepare for Production and Operations
    • Provide Self-Service Metrics and Logs for Troubleshooting
  • Follow-Up

Risks and Pitfalls

  • How to Avoid Overengineering CI/CD
  • How to Mitigate Risks in a Culture Resistant to Change
  • How to Avoid a “Big Bang” Approach
  • How to Avoid Infrastructure-as-Code and CI/CD Conflicts
  • Related Guidance

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