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CAF Project (CI/CD Implementation)

Submitted By Jenkins User Lyubomir Stanev
The development team of a Bulgarian bank team created a simple way to use pipelines for CI/CD with the help of Jenkins.
Team Members: Kalin Dimitrov, Java Team Lead, Emil Vulkov, Senior System Administrator
Industries: Banking
Programming Languages: Java, jBase
Platform: : Linux
Version Control System: Bitbucket Server
Build Tools: Maven
Community Support: Spoke with colleagues and peers

Finance company overcomes development challenges with a new Jenkins-inspired CI/CD.

Background: We needed a CI platform that would enable faster building and automatic deployment to our dev environments. The tools for this finance company are heavily restricted, so the tech team was spending an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out what to use and how to execute necessary tasks. The security constraints imposed on them limited them significantly – particularly when it came to the use of plugins.

Because of this, they were forced to use extensive bash scripts to supplement the tools provided. Another huge challenge was the need to trial all possible solutions for each of the necessary steps to be confident they designed things correctly. Finally, they had to figure out how to incorporate BladeLogic into the CI/CD picture.

Goals: Implement CI/CD to our development process.

Solution & Results: We used Jenkins to provide the orchestration needed for each build and deployment. With Jenkins, we were able to make the connection to Nexus repository, pull source code from BitBucket, and create the BladeLogic packages. Unfortunately, due to all of the internal security restrictions, we could only rely on basic Jenkins capabilities. Our team wanted to use Groovy scripts from the onset, but we ended up filling pre- and post-build steps, replacing several plugins with bash scripts (as the Jenkins agent is on RHEL).

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Lyubomir Stanev, Team Lead for T24 Core Development

With Jenkins, we had great results, including:

  • A simple-to-use pipeline for CI/CD
  • Automation of deployment
  • Faster development process