What is SAP Continuous Integration and Delivery?

Continuous integration and continuous deployment are two approaches to software development designed to improve code quality and ensure fast delivery. The goal of both is to automate the process of building, testing and releasing software so that developers can focus on writing code rather than performing other tasks.

What is Continuous Integration (CI)?

Continuous integration (CI) refers to a software development practice where members of a team integrate their work frequently, usually each person integrates at least daily - leading to multiple integrations per day. Each integration is verified by an automated build (including test) to detect integration errors as quickly as possible. Many teams find that this approach leads to significantly reduced integration problems and enables developers to work together more effectively. CI has become popular in recent years, with many companies implementing it for their software development processes.

Continuous integration is the practice of merging all developer working copies to shared mainline several times a day. Each check-in is then verified by an automated build, allowing teams to detect problems early.

Continuous integration builds upon the principles of test-driven development, where developers write tests for code before writing the application code.

What is Continuous Deployment/Delivery?

Continuous deployment/delivery (CD) refers to a software engineering approach in which teams produce application versions several times a day, allowing for more rapid identification of bugs or unexpected features. It also allows for a faster time-to-market for new features since they can be released as soon as they are ready instead of waiting until the next major release cycle like traditional waterfall methodologies do.

Continuous deployment is the practice of automatically deploying updates to production as soon as they are ready. This approach helps ensure that new features are delivered to users as quickly as possible, without having to wait for manual testing or approval processes.

Benefits of CI/CD

Continuous integration and deployment can help your organization deliver high-quality software faster and more reliably than other software development methods.

  • You get faster feedback on code changes; if there’s a problem with your code, it will show up sooner rather than later. This makes it easier to find bugs, fix them quickly and prevent them from spreading through your codebase into other areas of the system.
  • It gives you better visibility into the state of your project at any point in time; if something goes wrong at any stage of your project — such as deploying new functionality — you will know about it immediately thanks to automated tests. This allows you to react quickly when things go wrong so that they don’t have an impact on other parts of your system or involve customers directly.

Continuous Integration and Delivery in SAP

SAP Continuous Integration and Delivery is an application that allows you to configure and run predefined continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) pipelines that automatically generate, test and deploy your code changes to accelerate your development and delivery cycles within SAP.

SAP Continuous Integration and Delivery is a software product that enables developers to integrate their code changes into the main line of development at any time. It also provides tools for automated testing and deployment of applications, as well as versioning tools for development teams.

The CI/CD process is a vital part of agile software development methodologies such as Scrum and DevOps. SAP CI/CD supports both Java-based applications as well as ABAP applications.

Functions of SAP CI/CD

You can use the SAP CI/CD platform to:

  • Automate the build process of every single change made in your SAP system, ensuring that every build is fully tested before it is deployed into production.
  • Automate application testing with a single click after every code change, so that you can identify bugs quickly and fix them immediately.
  • Integrate all stages of the software lifecycle — from development through testing to production.
  • Deploy applications faster by automating manual tasks such as build, test, package and deployment.
  • Automate release management processes such as redeployment, patching or upgrading systems in one go with just a few clicks.
  • Use the same configuration across different projects.


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