5 Best Practices for SaaS Businesses: Deploying DevOps as Your Secret Weapon
With immense competition in the enterprise landscape to operate at maximum efficiency and get more done than ever before, many SaaS businesses are choosing AWS to build, scale, and deliver their services. AWS offers a reliable and secure foundation for building and delivering SaaS solutions. Leveraging AWS, Mission helps SaaS businesses create a personalized DevOps environment for creating the best solutions possible. This includes following the five best practices listed below, which are crucial for SaaS companies to maintain a competitive advantage and stay ahead of the game.
Create a Continuous Integration Process
Continuous integration allows you to build, test, and deploy your code in multiple environments. Developers don’t have to worry when making changes, as feedback is rapid and problems are easily identified when they arise. Changes don’t deploy until they are built and tested in a repeatable fashion. This early step in a CI/CD pipeline helps identify issues quickly and should be the first step that every SaaS startup should take.
Use a Continuous Integration Server
Deploying a continuous integration server lets developers put code through multiple environments and tests. This ensures stability across a variety of systems and increases confidence when deploying to production, allowing for faster product releases and updates.
Establish a Continuous Deployment (CD) Process
As a SaaS start-up, you want to systematically spin up a new environment or collection of servers and deploy code onto them for development, testing or production release. Software should be continuously ready for deployment. Think of this as the button-pushing process: When you have a new feature, the infrastructure is deployed, and the code is already written, ready and waiting to be launched.
Have a CI/CD Pipeline in Use
A CI/CD pipeline helps you deliver features and fixes to your customers as soon as possible. This strategy starts with building your application or feature, integrating it, and deploying it. This multi-step process ultimately works to prevents errors that might impact your users before they ever get deployed. If something slips through the process, the source will be easily identifiable, so you can fix it faster for redeployment.
Introduce Automated Testing into your CI/CD Pipeline
This is an important aspect of your CI/CD process that cannot be bypassed if you want to stand out amongst your SaaS competition. Legacy testing methods often slow the pipeline to a crawl and developers often see these methods as a roadblocks to continuous delivery. Automated testing allows you to get features in front of customers faster, with higher quality and greater security.
Getting new features in front of your customers quickly increases your solution’s reputation and ultimately drives new customers. This is why it is especially important for SaaS start-ups to partner with an expert DevOps team. The faster you’re able to transform an idea or customer request into a feature of your application, the faster you’ll be able to determine that feature’s business value.
Implementing DevOps and CI/CD may seem like a major project to undertake, especially when your priorities should be focused on your SaaS product. However, CI/CD helps revolutionize the way you build and deploy your solutions. With Mission’s Managed DevOps, you can build the perfect pipeline for your needs. Mission’s AWS certified engineers provide ongoing services if you ever want to make changes or add new features. Mission’s Managed DevOps enables your team to focus on building the best SaaS solution possible without distraction. Learn more about what Mission can do for your company here.
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