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Continuous Everything? Yes, It’s Possible.

Oct 12, 2021 8:46:52 AM By All Day DevOps

All Day DevOps (ADDO), the world's largest DevOps conference, will be streaming live for 24 hours starting at 3 a.m. ET on October 28, 2021. The virtual event gathers more than 25,000 DevOps professionals for free, hands-on education from 180+ speakers, along with peer-to-peer insights and networking with professionals worldwide.

Andi Mann, Chief Technology Officer at Qumu Corporation, is an accomplished digital business executive with extensive global expertise as a strategist, technologist, innovator, marketer, and communicator. Andi is the organizer of the Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery track at this year's ADDO. For more than 30 years across five continents, Andi has built success with startups, enterprises, vendors, governments as a leading research analyst and consultant, so we can expect very compelling topics and speakers. But before we get into that, let's look at what Continuous Integration and Delivery mean.

What exactly is Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD)?

Within a DevOps framework, Continuous Integration (CI) is a software development practice in which developers merge their code changes in the central repository and run automated builds for testing purposes to validate the code changes and ensure that the software is working correctly.

Continuous Delivery (CD) is the practice of building, testing, and delivering improvements to the software code through automation again. This provides for very flexible deployment, which can happen at any time with a simple click of a button. And because of the enhanced delivery cycle, customer feedback is received more frequently and makes for a better product while increasing transparency.

Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery create an active process of integrating and delivering the product to the market through relentless automation of everything possible. As Andi puts it, "If you do anything more than once, automate it instead." CI/CD and its focus on automation enable failures to be detected faster and quickly fixed, increasing the speed and frequency of releases.

What you'll get out of the track

The high-level goal of the track is for attendees to learn and integrate new concepts that will help them better implement the CI/CD principles - with immediately actionable takeaways. The CI/CD track is also not only for coders or engineers. Folks coming from IT operations, IT security, Data operations, and QA will also find topics of interest within the track.

It's a well-rounded track that will discuss many, if not all, aspects of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery: the planning, development, unit testing, and integration of code with different inter-dependent components, all while packaging it for quality assurance.

It's also very much geared towards people already doing real-world work within a CI/CD framework, but who need an extra bump to take it to the next level. And, of course, much of the track will focus on automation - the foundations of CI/CD within DevOps. That means an in-depth discussion on how to take human intervention out of the production pipeline altogether. Human intervention tends to be the bottleneck in every pipeline. And if you want to remove the bottleneck rather than simply displacing it, automation needs to be applied end-to-end. ‘Continuous Everything’ needs to be applied across the board.

As Andi states, "This whole thing started with Continuous Integration. But it evolved to include Continuous delivery and Continuous deployment. Now, it's really about ‘Continuous Everything’. Automation removes the bottleneck where it's applied. But it's time to remove the bottleneck for everyone - not just moving the bottleneck to another part of the pipeline. This process really needs to be applied end-to-end, and the different talks in this track cover the entire pipeline.”

This all-encompassing CI/CD track is sure to provide value to ADDO  attendees. View the  speaker lineup here to see which talks you won't want to miss. But be warned: Andi couldn't single out any particular speakers in his track because they are all extremely qualified and have invaluable insights to share - you might find yourself watching the entire track!

Register for All Day DevOps (ADDO)

All Day DevOps is a global community of over 75,000 DevOps practitioners and thought leaders offering free learning and information exchanges. Founded in 2016, the community hosts an annual conference, live forums, and ongoing educational experiences online. The 2021 event will feature the best and brightest of the industry, with many more engaging speakers! Register online to participate in the 24-hour live, global event on October 28 featuring six tracks, including CI/CD Continuous Everything, Cultural Transformation, DevSecOps, Government, Modern Infrastructure, and Site Reliability Engineering.