A good development workflow in a business helps its employees to work properly and perform better. On the contrary, poor development workflow decreases the productivity of the developers. That is why managers are always concerned about the development workflow and the teams. Continuous integration and continuous deployment are the two best practices to keep the workflow in order.
How poor CI/CD is affecting businesses
In the continuous integration system, every single codebase change is tested automatically in real-time. In a continuous deployment system, the testing is done during the CI. Then it passes the changes to the production system. It ensures the code is accessible at all times. But if these two systems are low/poor, it creates a negative impact on the business. Here are three of them:
1. Cost of undifferentiated engineering
Every company has an opportunity cost. In some cases, corporations are unaware of this fact. The development process involves enormous opportunity costs. A business cannot afford a large number of engineers at one time because of budget limitations. But if the CI and CD are poor, they will need more engineers to maintain the system. It means fewer employees for revenue generation. They are unable to give time to make something new and unique. Thus it leads to low profit and pays more to undifferentiated engineers who are focusing on maintenance.
2. Late revenue
Opportunity cost leads to late or unrealized gain. Weak CI/Cd means having lots of dependencies, hands-off, and manual tasks. It creates delays between the time of writing the code and getting value from it. Sometimes, employees create code, but the business cannot use it and generate no value. That means their effort goes in vain. Businesses even lose their profit. Here the opportunity cost doubles and creates a negative impact.
3. Lower productivity
Downtime is another reason for the profit reduction. To avoid it, developers give more time to infrastructure and configuration instead of delivering business logic. Thus they become less productive and competent. To get rid of businesses will have to hire new employees frequently. The retention rate will also increase. Thus it increases the cost and lowers productivity.
Continuous integration and deployment make the business more productive and stable. It helps to provide better quality products and attract more customers. But poor CI/CD can cause the opposite. So, businesses need to be more careful while implementing a CI/CD.