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Why You Need a Software Delivery Machine

Rod Johnson | GOTO Copenhagen 2018

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Many teams have a clear vision of how they want their software delivery to work. For example, what checks and staging deployments should occur on commits; what approval steps are required before promotion to production; what code needs to be included in new projects and what provisioning should occur on project creation; and what policies matter around license files and security scanning.

But it’s hard to realize that vision. Typical challenges include:

  • Growing proliferation of services, meaning many delivery pipelines that can’t easily be changed as one, and many repositories with dependencies, configuration and usage practices getting dangerously out of date.
  • Bringing on new developers, due to lack of effective knowledge sharing and lack of automation
  • Creating new projects without copy/paste, leading to wasted effort and inconsistency
  • Lack of visibility into the whole elephant. What is deployed where? What is at what version? What is happening across the organization? Who should be informed in the case of a production alert, and to what code does it relate?

The solution to these software problems is more software. These problems can best be addressed together, through greater automation, backed by a model spanning development and delivery. It’s what we call a software delivery machine.

About the speakers

Rod Johnson
Rod Johnson

Creator of Spring and Co-founder and CEO at Atomist