Achieving Comprehensive DevOps with Kovair ALM and Jenkins Integration Through Omnibus – Find Out How?
Application lifecycle management (ALM) was first introduced to enable businesses to make better decisions around software development and manage it efficiently over time. With this increasing need for faster time to market, organizations are now implementing DevOps for achieving the mechanism of continuous and faster delivery.
DevOps integrates development and operations teams involved in software development to drive this faster pace of delivery. DevOps allows organizations to shorten their development cycles, detect and resolve defects faster with the help of higher engagement.
By integrating every aspect of ALM with DevOps, organizations can overcome the issues faced by the siloed nature of activities and bring a far more integrated approach to software development with better quality. In this paper, we have discussed how Kovair ALM which is a comprehensive ALM product, along with its integration with a popular CI/CD tool Jenkins gives a holistic view of the application delivery lifecycle and makes the DevOps implementation more comprehensive and cost effective for any organization.
How Kovair ALM Complements DevOps Implementation?
Implementation of DevOps through Omnibus Jenkins Integration
Introduction to Jenkins
How to Automate Software Build, Deployment, and Test Processes Using Jenkins
Staging Environment Pipeline
- Build Job – To prepare a build, users will need to check out source code files from the source code management (SCM) tool. Jenkins has provision to check out source code files from some popular source code management (SCM) tools like Subversion (SVN), Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) and GitHub. Mention the source code repository name and its credentials in the build job to check out the source code files from the said repository for build preparation.
- Deployment Job – After the successful completion of the build, users will need to deploy it in the server where software testing is going to be performed. Jenkins can deploy those build files in the corresponding test server with the help of popular configuration management tool like Chef. For that, users need to configure the deployment job properly and specify the deployment server name in the job.
- Functional Testing Job – After the successful deployment of the build in the test server, what follows next is testing. Build verification means ensuring that the software quality meets the expectation by executing automated test cases. It will help users to detect bugs in the build. Jenkins supports integration with Selenium. Users just need to specify test suite for the corresponding functional test job. This will execute the Selenium test cases residing under the specified test suite. Kovair Omnibus integration can provide integration with any other test tool other than Selenium if that is what the end customer’s process calls for.
- Performance Testing Job – To ensure software quality, users need to execute performance test cases along with the functional test cases. So, once the functional testing is completed, users will need to execute the performance testing related test cases. JMeter is a very popular tool for performance testing offering integration support with Jenkins. So, if users specify performance test cases in the corresponding performance test job then it will execute all those performance-related test cases. For this functionality, Kovair is integrated with J-Meter.
Fig 2: Staging Pipeline
Production Environment Pipeline
- Deploy Job – If all the functional test cases and performance test cases have been successfully passed to the staging environment then that build is ready to be moved in the production server. With the help of Chef, Jenkins can deploy the build files in the production server. For that, users need to mention the production server’s name in the deploy job and configure it properly. Here again, Kovair Omnibus is integrated with Chef!
- Functional Testing Job – After successfully deploying the build in the production server, users need to test it again to ensure the software functions are running properly. That means executing the automated test cases again. Just like the staging job, users will need to mention the test suite containing the functional test cases in the functional testing job and the Selenium or other test cases will be executed to verify production build.
- Performance Testing Job – Once the functional testing is complete in the production server, users will need to execute the performance test cases again. This will ensure that the software is performing properly. Like the staging job, users will need to specify the performance test cases written in JMeter. Based on this, the performance-related test cases will be executed accordingly in the production environment.
Fig 3: Production Pipeline
Benefits of Kovair Omnibus Jenkins Adapter in Conjunction with Kovair ALM
- It allows us to invoke and monitor all these pipelines of Jenkins from one single web-based interface.
- This allows organizations to overcome the issues faced due to activities happening in silos and gives a holistic picture of software development for release and deployment.
- Step 1: Agile planning gets done in any agile tool including Kovair
- Step 2: Once the sprint is approved, coding happens in development tool Eclipse or other IDE chosen by the customer
- Step 3: Once coding is complete the code gets checked into GitHub after doing the static code analysis using SonarQube or any other source code repository integrated with Kovair
- Step 4: The Jenkins pipeline gets invoked. From Jenkins, the build deployment and test automation are done using Jenkins, Chef & Selenium
Kovair Jenkins Adapter also supports other features such as:
Pipeline Execution from Kovair
Fig 4: Pipeline Executor displayed in Kovair
Fig 5: Live status of Pipeline Execution in Kovair
Single Interface for All Jenkins Pipelines
Fig 6: Single Interface for all Pipelines
Reports and Metrics Generation
For example, users can create reports such as build trends, average build time, build failure frequency to name a few.
Fig 7: Examples of Build Reports
Test Automation Reports
Fig 8: Examples of Test Execution Reports displayed in Kovair
Major Benefits of Having DevOps Enabled Through Kovair ALM and Jenkins Integration using the Omnibus
Some of the key business values gained through DevOps Integrated ALM
- Seamless Collaborations Across All Team Members – DevOps-integrated ALM ensures that the supervision of software applications is not only confined within the phases included in DevOps or other phases of ALM. It allows members from different teams like development, operations, product owners, security, QA, testers, as well as infrastructure teams to collaborate seamlessly. This collaboration of multiple team members helps organizations to achieve continuous development, continuous integration, continuous deployment, and continuous testing – which are the core features of any DevOps implementation.
- Single Window Visibility for Management – When ALM is integrated with DevOps through Kovair Omnibus, managers get a single view of the release progress across the entire application lifecycle. It provides real-time visibility to the progress of the entire application lifecycle including all different stakeholders that are required to support the entire application lifecycle – and not just for developments and operations.
- Improved productivity, quality, and the end to end traceability – DevOps Integrated ALM as provided by Kovair ALM along with its integration with Jenkins through Kovair Omnibus allows every team to share their knowledge and progress in a single platform. This practice and transparency not only help to improve productivity & quality but also enables users to view a complete end to end traceability covering all phases of the application lifecycle.