How the UK Department for Work and Pensions cut deployment times to 15 minutes

The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions says it has been able to reduce the deployment times for its cloud-native services from hours down to 15 minutes, by automating key deployment steps and running on a common container orchestration platform.

Formed in 2001, the DWP is responsible for a variety of public services in the UK, including various welfare, pension, and child maintenance payment schemes that serve as many as 22 million claimants a year.

Demand for its services soared during the pandemic as unemployment rose, driving a desire across the various feature development teams to speed up deployment and respond to that changing demand.

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