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Simplifying the Build and Deploy Process with Jenkins

Submitted By Jenkins User Fabio Segredo
Jenkins allowed this digital agency to simplify and migrate their build/deploy processes to the same place, following the same logic.
Organization: A consulting and technology services firm in Portugal
Industries: Healthcare Solutions
Programming Languages: Java, Node.js
Platform: : Docker or Kubernetes, Linux, Windows
Version Control System: Bitbucket Server, Subversion
Build Tools: Maven, MsBuild
Community Support: websites & blogs, Spoke with colleagues and peers

Jenkins with the right plugins for utilities or integrations with other applications makes our lives way easier.

Background: One of the challenges was that we had different build and deployment processes, depending on the technology and teams. In a scenario where you have developers in multiple units, they would have to learn new approaches, including new build tools and new deployment tools plus the manual tasks needed, not to mention the human error factor that is always lurking around. Demand for faster releases started to be a challenge in our scenarios, along with the human error in the manual tasks. The need to perform Code Quality Control, integrations tests, and return a report with results. With these issues on the table, automation was the solution, and Jenkins the way to go.

Goals: Automate project builds and deployments, simplifying the process regardless of the Programming Language or Platform.

Solution & Results: Jenkins allowed us to simplify and migrate all the build/deploy processes to the same place, following the same logic. It became one tool for all Dev Teams. They also became autonomous creating product pipelines, so a reliable release cycle is in place.

Releases became faster when deployed, even though Code Quality control and integration tests were added as extra steps. The percentage of human error (tasks incomplete, missing steps, wrong build) was significantly reduced, and as a bonus, we can monitor the state of the builds and get alerts when something fails. Now Jenkins is our only CI: more than 200 Pipelines working on Oracle Cloud, alongside Docker Hub, Artifactory, SonarQube, and Octopus Deploy.

Jenkins helped to make builds reliable. Less time spent tooling and more time spent coding.
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Fabio Segredo, DevOps Team

Pipelines with parallel stages were a big bonus to perform simultaneous tasks in different agents. Another functionality is the Credentials Manager, the way credentials are stored and organized it is easy to see and use without compromising its Config File Management to store configurations used during certain pipelines. That can possibly change if we store them in the files management, ensuring that if changed all the pipelines get the right configurations.

Results were as follows:

  • development release cycles shortened from hours to minutes
  • freeing developers from time-consuming tasks
  • one-click deploy
  • seamless implementation of pipelines