DevOps is a set of practices that bridge application development and operational behavior to reduce time to market without compromising on quality and operational effectiveness. It allows application developers and business owners to quickly respond to customer needs, develop a quicker feedback cycle, and ultimately achieve business value faster.
DevOps encourages a culture of collaboration between development, quality, and operations teams to reduce or eliminate barriers through fundamental practices such as continuous integration, continuous delivery, and continuous deployment. Adopting these practices and the tools to support them creates a standardized deployment process so that you can deploy predictable, high-quality releases.
Pega Platform provides the tools necessary to support continuous integration, delivery, and deployment through Deployment Manager, which provides a low-code, model-driven experience to configure and run continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) workflows or deployment pipelines for your application. Deployment Manager provides out-of-the-box tools to enforce best CI/CD practices for your application. You can fully automate deployment pipelines, starting with automated integration of developer changes through branch merging and validation, application packaging, artifact repository management, deployments, test execution, guardrail compliance, and test coverage enforcement.
Pega Platform also includes support for open DevOps integration using popular third party tools such as Jenkins and Microsoft Azure DevOps by providing an open platform, with all the necessary hooks and services. With open DevOps integration, you can build a deployment pipeline using third-party tools to automate branch merging, application packaging and deployment, test execution, and quality metric enforcement.
For more information about configuring DevOps workflows, see the following topics:
- Understanding DevOps concepts
The software industry evolves quickly and organizations are forced to rapidly respond to their changing markets. DevOps is a set of industry practices that have evolved to support this demand for rapid change. The primarily goal of DevOps is to reduce an organization’s time-to-market for new features without compromising quality or end-user-experience. DevOps, like the Pega Platform, allows organizations to focus their efforts on adding customer value.
- Applying DevOps concepts in the Pega Platform
Use DevOps practices such as continuous integration and continuous delivery to quickly move application changes from development through testing to deployment on your production system. Use Pega Platform tools and common third-party tools to implement DevOps.
- Using Deployment Manager for model-driven DevOps
Deployment Manager is the standard way to test and deploy Pega applications. It exposes all capabilities of the Pega Platform necessary to automate your DevOps workflows, including branch merging, application packaging, applying quality gates, and promoting an application to different environments. Deployment Manager leverages market-leading case management technology to build and run continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines with a familiar, model-driven experience.
- Understanding App Studio publishing
App Studio publish enables Pega Platform users to publish and deploy application changes with no prior Deployment Manager experience necessary. This seamless functionality publishes minor application changes through deployment pipelines to create new artifacts without ever leaving App Studio.
- Automating deployment pipelines using Open DevOps solutions
Use DevOps practices such as continuous integration and continuous delivery to quickly move application changes from development, through testing, and to deployment. Use Pega Platform tools and common third-party tools to implement DevOps.
- Testing Pega applications
Having an effective automation test suite for your application in your continuous delivery DevOps pipeline ensures that the features and changes that you deliver to your customers are of high-quality and do not introduce regressions.