Continuous Development, or CICD, is a major buzz word and goal for most organizations these days, but how do you get started? Or do you wonder if CICD even matters to you? Though CICD is most often used by software development teams practicing the art of "DevOps" while building "agile" "cloud native" applications, it is my belief that CICD has a place throughout IT. And yes, that even means for traditional infrastructure teams.
Like any new technology, CICD is often viewed as "magic" by those of us who haven't yet learned the underpinnings. But once the mystique is removed, CICD (or more accurately CICD tools and practices) is just another tool in our tool belt as IT professionals.
About a year ago, I was able to dedicate a decent chuck of time to dive into and understand CICD, and it changed the way I did a lot of my work. Initially it was just around different application development projects I was working on, but more and more I'm finding ways to use the skills in other ways as well. Tapping into my interest in sharing knowledge with other people, I put together a hands-on lab that walks even the most novice person through CICD and how to quickly get up and running using CICD pipelines to Build, Deliver and Deploy in a Continuous fashion.
The original lab has been delivered by myself and several others at Cisco and gets excellent reviews every time. After seeing that it was a useful class, I decided to bring it to DevNet Zone at Cisco Live starting in Berlin February 2017. I've worked hard to update the lab to fit into the hands-on workshop format we use in DevNet Zone, and I can't wait to run it with our customers and partners in just a couple weeks. If you will be in Berlin, be sure to register for "DEVNET-2203: Building a DevOps CICD Pipeline from Scratch" at this link -> http://cs.co/90068JTjo. If you can't make it to Berlin, you can look for the lab at future Cisco Live's as well.
I'm also planning on making a version of the lab available as a self-service lab up on DevNet Learning Labs, so keep an eye open for that soon!
See everyone in Berlin