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The term Continuous Delivery is growing amongst the technology community. Below is a digest of the Continuous Development conversation so far on CIO UK.

Analyst house Freeform Dynamics set out to explain the differences between a traditional development team and what today is called a DevOps team. One major difference is that today’s DevOps teams use Continuous Delivery methods, which arguably are aligned with Agile methods.

In their article on strategic DevOps adoption Freeform Dynamics said of Continuous Delivery:

“The shorthand for this faster and more iterative way of working is 'continuous delivery', which is arguably a more apt and meaningful term than 'DevOps' as it relates to what you are trying to achieve rather than how. The concept of continuous delivery (especially if you tack 'of value to customers' or 'of capability to users' on the end of it) also resonates very well with senior execs and other business stakeholders. Couch the conversation against the backdrop of an accelerating pace of change in the way your industry operates, particularly in light of trends in digital business, and it all makes perfect sense.”

What will be of most use to transformation CIOs is those last sentences on “accelerating pace of change” to meet customer’s needs. Read the full article.

Former Rolls Royce CIO and now author Jonathan Mitchell responded:

“This is a really interesting article. More efficient processes between dev and ops is good news, but the concept of 'continuous delivery' is likely to strike fear into the hearts of CIOs who are already struggling to maintain the reliability of the complex, kaleidoscope of interrelated software in their estate.”

On the vendor side, Jadu, who developed the CIO Summit App in 2015, announced Continuous Delivery as part of its business model serving the public sector.

“We are moving from upgrade releases twice per year - to updates every two weeks through Agile Continuous Delivery,” CEO Suraj Kika told CIO UK.  

“We are asking the rest of the market to do the same. We think this will save local and central government millions in maintenance, assuming other larger suppliers also took up the challenge.

“We think, based on 70+ Local Authorities using Jadu platform, we will save Local Government approximately £1.2m a year in costs, made up of paid services to implement upgrade and internal resource costs.

“We’ve seen the last of big bang upgrades to our platform and our customers have welcomed the move. We would like to see larger IT firms in the sector doing the same.”

Interestingly, software services engineer Matthew Skelton tracked down on Google that struggling IT hardware and services firm HP is trying to patent the term Continuous Development.

So the analysts see Continuous Development as a way for CIOs to get closer to the needs of the customer and to meet the needs and whims of the CEO more rapidly.

A former CIO is healthily sceptical and a UK vendor says Continuous Development can deliver financial savings yet ensure a software business remains robust. Where do you believe Continuous Delivery will take the CIO community?