Published | October 26, 2018

Continuous Integration, Delivery, and Deployment: What’s The Difference?

Continuous Integration, Delivery, and Deployment: What’s The Difference?

Technical people talk about continuously integrating, delivering, and deploying, but what does any of that mean? And what difference does it make?

What’s it all mean?

Continuous Integration lets lots of people work on one project at the same time, while merging their work together in a central place regularly. This maintains the most recent version, so everyone is checking in or out only the latest code.

Continuous Delivery means that when the continuously integrated code is tested and accepted, it gets pushed out to customers. The customers can then choose to manually deploy it or not.

Continuous Deployment means that same continuously integrated code is pushed out after testing and accepting, except that it gets automatically deployed for the customers.

What’s the difference?

Without continuous integration, you can’t have continuous delivery or continuous deployment. Simply put, continuous delivery and continuous deployment provide the product built with continuous integration.

Who cares?

You should! Since continuous integration, delivery, and deployment keep code clean and bug-free, it means you get your features faster, cleaner, and more successfully.

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Heather Lekx

Author: Heather Lekx

Product Marketing Copywriter

As a product marketing copywriter for NexJ Systems, Heather plays a front line role in sharing NexJ’s deep domain expertise in enterprise customer management, the customer experience, and the financial services industry.

Heather has gained a unique perspective into NexJ’s products and industries from working in both the documentation and marketing departments. Most recently, as lead RFP response manager, Heather has developed a deep understanding of the business requirements of leading financial services firms. She continues to expand her knowledge through interviews with key subject matter experts at NexJ and looks forward to sharing her insights with readers of her blog.

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