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Overall, the CI/CD pipeline is the implementation of DevOps culture through automation. The relationships between them can be summarized in three points:

  1. The CI/CD pipeline optimizes the production system as a whole, removing bottlenecks at each stage of the deployment process.
  2. The CI/CD pipeline enables learning and experimentation due to the ability to rapidly release changes and update the application.
  3. Feedback loops are built into the CI/CD pipeline through continuous testing. As changes move through the pipeline, developers can track the testing progress of their code at each stage of the pipeline.

CI/CD not only improves each individual part of the deployment pipeline, it optimizes the entire system. The pipeline allows for developers to react quickly to changing customer demands, and allows customers to view the most recent version of the application. Additionally, by automating many of the processes, developers can focus on developing new features. No wonder many companies are incorporating the CI/CD pipeline into their projects!

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Implementing a CI/CD pipeline can bring tremendous benefits to teams. What might be some challenges associated with implementing this pipeline?

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While an automated CI/CD pipeline can remove human involvement from much of the process, the pipeline itself still requires maintenance and oversight. Automated systems are often quite complex and require skilled engineers to manage them. As a result, it may take time for a CI/CD pipeline to be implemented and even longer to run smoothly. In the end, it is up to each team to determine if they have what it takes to take on this challenge.

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