DevOps is all about removing the bottlenecks from the software development process so that you can accelerate delivery and realise the full potential of Agile. But you can’t simply accelerate delivery without quality gates to ensure that defects aren’t leaking into production.
Traditional waterfall /over-the-wall QA processes are too slow and too late to work in the Continuous Delivery world. Continuous Testing is the key to unlocking the bridge between continuous development and continuous delivery, and at VenturaQA Solutions we provide everything you need to make it a reality.
Build a Solid Testing Pyramid
Continuous Testing needs to be built on top of a solid testing practice. The testing pyramid outlines a strategy for building an effective testing portfolio. Minimising brittle, UI-driven end-to-end testing and leveraging a solid foundation of unit tests, with a focus on driving end-to-end testing at the service layer, ensures that tests can be both fully-automated and executed continuously.
Use Dynamic Test Environments
As you mature your adoption of continuous testing, access to, and re-configuring of, the test environments will become the next bottleneck. This is where VenturaQA Solutions Continuous Testing Platform can help with visibility into the test environment and the ability to dynamically reconfigure test dependencies via its web UI, Continuous Integration (CI).
If you only need the environment while executing the fully automated test suite, the Continuous Testing Platform can help you orchestrate the dynamic deploy-and-destroy of disposable test environments (both on premise and in the cloud via Azure, giving you on-demand test environments for what you need, when you need it.
Get Continuous Feedback
Aggregate data from across all of your testing practices (static analysis, unit/functional/manual testing, code coverage, and code reviews). Integrate the data into your Continuous Integration (CI) / Continuous Delivery (CD) pipeline and other systems of record to provide critical feedback at each state of the process.
As a Microsoft Partner, we hold experience and expertise in Azure DevOps. Migrating to modern CI/CD/CT processes provides many benefits for application builds, deployments, testing, and monitoring. By using Azure DevOps along with other services such as App Service, organizations can focus on the development of their apps rather than the management of the supporting infrastructure.
Consider Azure DevOps and CI/CD processes for:
- Accelerating application development and development lifecycles.
- Building quality and consistency into an automated build and release process
- Smoke/ regression testing of the app whilst its getting integrated & deployed to the test/ UAT environment.
- Increasing application stability and uptime.
This is how Azure DevOps works:
Step 1: Developer changes the application source code.
Step 2: The application code containing the web.config file is uploaded to the source code repository in Azure Repos.
Step 3: Continuous integration triggers the application to build and unit tests, smoke tests and regression tests using Azure Test Plans.
Step 4: Continuous deployment within Azure Pipelines triggers an automated deployment of application artifacts with environment-specific configuration values.
Step 5: The artifacts are then deployed to the Azure App Service. Further, Azure Application Insights collects and analyzes health, performance, and usage data.
Step 6: Developers monitor and manage health, performance, and usage information.
Step 7: The backlog information is used to prioritize new features and bug fixes using Azure Boards.