By Milan Shetti, CEO Rocket Software\n\nAgile development has served its purpose over the years, but many forward-thinking companies believe its value in their businesses is lessening.\n\nWhy? It stresses speed, which can be a downfall when it comes to quality. As an alternative, many organizations are adopting continuous integration and delivery (CI\/CD), which entails near-constant cycles of iterative development, testing, and deployment.\n\nWith CI\/CD, IT teams can accelerate the code release process and help with deployment of new applications to improve value delivery for customers. In a recent Rocket Software survey, 44% of respondents say their organization already uses multiple tools for DevOps functionality on mainframe applications while just under a quarter of respondents have a comprehensive platform for mainframe DevOps.\n\nIn addition, the software\u2019s modern user experience delivers an intangible benefit that solves for one of the biggest challenges in development \u2013 attracting and retaining talent.\n\nCI\/CD drives hiring and retention\n\nCI\/CD enables organizations to better attract and retain developer talent amid the ongoing and widespread skills shortages. With the updated software, organizations can offer talented developers the chance to work on mission-critical applications with CI\/CD \u2014 which is not only appealing to developers but also good for business.\n\nImplemented well, CI\/CD has the potential to instill greater levels of innovation, resilience, and competitiveness in today\u2019s uncertain markets. Leading DevOps platforms even provide a standardized suite of productivity and collaboration tools, out-of-the-box automation workflows for testing and deployment, and the ability to integrate a large variety of third-party applications.\n\nConsiderations for businesses making the shift to CI\/CD\n\nTo maximize the value of CI\/CD, organizations need to shift left in their thinking. When teams are shifted left, testing is conducted in the early stages of the software development life cycle, and involves seamless collaboration between developers, testers, and QA teams, resulting in quality applications with less stability or security issues.\n\nFor organizations to effectively shift, consider the following:\n\nLike any other significant change in process, transitioning to CI\/CD can have its challenges, but organizations can ensure success by following these key steps. In doing so, they\u2019ll bring a new level of excitement to the development roles in their organization and better position themselves to retain and attract the best developers. Doing so is not only a boon for your workforce but for your business, which will benefit from the flexibility, scalability, and adherence to quality that CI\/CD provides.\n\nTo learn more, visit Rocket Software.