Build Automation Software is a critical component of automating DevOps processes, accelerating benefits and advancing toward maturity.
Traditionally, software development followed a single-track, step-by-step progression from architecture to deployment. While this served the needs of organizations at the time, these processes were heavily scripted and reliant on manual tasks, slowing the lifecycle, and leading to a high number of errors.
Today’s companies require the opposite of these cumbersome, slow, unresponsive processes: instead, they need flexible, agile, rapid responses to a changing business environment.
Because many software build processes are manual, repetitive and predictable, they are excellent candidates for automation. Build automation removes the need for human intervention in critical steps of the software build process: automating code retrieval, compiling and compressing source files, producing installers, testing and updating to a centralized repository.
A build process may be partially automated, but is generally considered fully automated when these steps require no direct human intervention, can be performed at any time, and use only the information contained within the centralized source code control repository.