University of Oulu

Pilar Rodríguez, Alireza Haghighatkhah, Lucy Ellen Lwakatare, Susanna Teppola, Tanja Suomalainen, Juho Eskeli, Teemu Karvonen, Pasi Kuvaja, June M. Verner, Markku Oivo. Continuous deployment of software intensive products and services: A systematic mapping study. In Journal of Systems and Software, Volume 123, 2017, Pages 263-291, ISSN 0164-1212.

Continuous deployment of software intensive products and services : a systematic mapping study

Saved in:
Author: Rodríguez, Pilar1; Haghighatkhah, Alireza1; Lwakatare, Lucy Ellen1;
Organizations: 1Department of Information Processing Sciences, 90014 University of Oulu, Box 3000, Finland
2VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, P.O. Box 1100, FI-90571 Oulu, Finland
3Keele University, UK
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.5 MB)
Persistent link:
Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2017
Publish Date: 2018-01-06


The software intensive industry is moving towards the adoption of a value-driven and adaptive real-time business paradigm. The traditional view of software as an item that evolves through releases every few months is being replaced by the continuous evolution of software functionality. This study aims to classify and analyse the literature related to continuous deployment in the software domain in order to scope the phenomenon, provide an overview of the state-of-the-art, investigate the scientific evidence in the reported results and identify areas suitable for further research. We conducted a systematic mapping study and classified the continuous deployment literature. The benefits and challenges related to continuous deployment were also analysed. RESULTS: The systematic mapping study includes 50 primary studies published between 2001 and 2014. An in-depth analysis of the primary studies revealed ten recurrent themes that characterize continuous deployment and provide researchers with directions for future work. In addition, a set of benefits and challenges of which practitioners may take advantage were identified. CONCLUSION: Overall, although the topic area is very promising, it is still in its infancy, thus offering a plethora of new opportunities for both researchers and software intensive companies.

see all

Series: Journal of systems and software
ISSN: 0164-1212
ISSN-E: 1873-1228
ISSN-L: 0164-1212
Volume: 123
Pages: 263 - 291
DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2015.12.015
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This research has been carried out within the Digile Need for Speed program, and it has been partially funded by Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation).
Copyright information: © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license