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This blog post is an update to a post written by Kim Frederick on the DevOps Services blog in February 2015.

When you think about your delivery pipeline – you know, the automatic and manual steps that transform your source code into a living, breathing, deployed app in the cloud – you can probably break it down into multiple tasks that are executed in stages. You may have a build stage where your code is built and unit tests are executed; or you may have a stage that will deploy your application and then run functional tests. Well, I have great news for you! You can implement your entire delivery pipeline using a Delivery Pipeline in a DevOps toolchain which is part of the IBM Bluemix Continuous Delivery service. Toolchains are integrated sets of tools that make development and operations tasks repeatable and manageable.

pipeline with three stages

With Stages and Jobs, you have more control over your delivery pipeline. As you can see in our example above, there is an FVT stage that has four jobs: a Gate job, a deploy job, a Sauce Labs Tests job, and a Functional Tests job. The PRODUCTION deployment is only triggered when all four of the  jobs in the FVT stage are successful. There are three easy-to-use jobs available out of the box: Build, Deploy, and Test.


When you do see a failure, find out why fast! By clicking on View logs and history you can access the detailed logs for each of your jobs. You can see tabs for accessing logs and key information on what was used to execute each job.

log file from the prod stage

To learn more about pipelines, see:

  1. Create a pipeline tutorial.
  2. Create and use your first toolchain tutorial.
  3. Delivery Pipeline Stages and Jobs Doc

We are very excited about this functionality. Enjoy automatically deploying your apps.

—Shawn Clymer, Program Director, Bluemix Continuous Delivery

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