The DevOps Toolchain refers to the combination of tools and technologies used to progress code through the full life-cycle from development to production.
How effectively this interlinked chain is integrated together is key to the velocity of throughput, as manual hand-overs between steps can introduce significant delays and potential for error.
In other words it’s essential that testing tools don’t form yet another isolated silo, that they don’t exist on their own as a standalone tool but rather as a component part of an overall high performance value stream.
As Eric Billingsley writes on DevOps.com, the challenges developers face include poor interoperability between tools and manual handoffs causing DevOps automation silos, multiple test environments used through the process and the need for multi-cloud and hybrid deployments adding tons of unnecessary complexity, and increased policy and security requirements that simply cannot scale and remain manual.
As one of a plethora of examples Applause announced a bi-directional integration capability so that application owners will be able to use a Jira project management application to create a ticket that requests a specific piece of code be tested or be sent to a tester that is a member of uTest, an online community of professional testers that Applause oversees.