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With software releases happening every week your teams need a more dynamic and intelligent test case management tool. You can’t afford to run every single test case every time a developer changes a line of code. It introduces delay, and it’s not an intelligent use of resources. The ind...
If a project has regular releases there’s a good chance that when a development team is finished with a feature, a QA team takes over to validate that feature. During that QA process, development teams often want to move on to the next feature. In these scenarios having two QA enviro...
When I talk to people about environment management I’m surprised by the number of people who don’t understand how much they cost.  In a large organization it isn’t immediately obvious just how much a particular environment costs.  It isn’t like people announce how much a VM costs every...
What is an Environment? When we discuss Environment Management, we’re not thinking about simple systems.  An environment isn’t just a web server and a database.  Instead, we’re thinking about complex systems with a lot of moving parts.  For example, a large e-commerce website that gene...
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A magazine for software testing and quality professionals, TEST Magazine is read by over 10,700 members across Europe, the US, and South Asia. TEST Magazine’s unbiased, holistic and pragmatic viewpoint has made it the leading journal in its sector. In TEST Magazine’s announ...
Instead of adopting cookie-cutter solutions for release management based on static, flowchart-driven models, enterprises need purpose-built systems designed with a model that can be adapted to the needs of an individual enterprise that incorporate components from emerging DevOps-focuse...
The rate of digital disruption is victimizing Fortune 500 companies in a way that has led to 52% of members of the list from 2000 to disappear due to mergers, acquisitions or bankruptcy. No Fortune 500 company wants to become the next Kodak, which was ranked 153rd on the list in 2005 u...
If your organization has moved to a public or private cloud you’ve had the conversation about the scope of development environments. Should every developer get an environment in the cloud? Traditional test environment management has focused on QA and staging environments for the quali...
Divergent Paths Require a Singular Solution “While much of the IT community is just now catching on to the bimodal IT reality, release managers have been steeped in the complexities of a dual-natured IT department. When multiple projects are integrating and transitioning from developme...
“IT projects and software functionality have permeated every aspect of every business—from backend processes all the way to customer-facing innovation. Staying competitive requires swift digital transformation capable of keeping pace with the ever-increasing demand for faster releases ...
Managing databases and newer, more exotic NoSQL stores, is an emerging challenge in an industry under constant pressure to move faster. While the industry has perfected the art of cloud-based provisioning and configuration of application servers, databases continue to be a pain point f...
Test environment conflict is when two projects or two releases require access to the same testing resources at the same time. For a Test Environment Manager, this might mean that two projects need to test against the same database or deploy to the same environment at the same time. For...
Test Environment Managers are challenged  to allocate a limited set of test environment resources across several projects in a way that maximizes productivity. It is up to them to model and forecast future demand and to assess release risks associated with potential test environment co...
Environment “shortages” always start with a test environment emergency – some unforeseen need for a new environment. Maybe a high-profile project has both an urgent production bug to fix and an unrealistic deadline to meet at the same time. This project’s QA and staging environments ca...
Test Environment Churn and Test Environment Pollution are two things that happen when environment managers create hundreds of environments to support hundreds of projects across several departments. In this post I’m going to focus on Test Environment Churn: What is it? and, what does i...
Take thousands of developers, distribute them over several departments, and split them up into small teams of 10-20. Now take these 20-50 development groups and ask them to create a distributed, service-oriented architecture. Without a solid approach to test environment management your...
Take thousands of developers, distribute them over several departments, and split them up into small teams of 10-20. Now take these 20-50 development groups and ask them to create a distributed, service-oriented architecture. Without a solid approach to test environment management your...
In an environment where infrastructure is shared across several development teams, test environment conflict can happen when more than one project needs to use test environment resources at the same time. It can also occur when competing release trains of the same project have overlapp...
Test environment pollution and test environment churn are two of the biggest factors contributing to delay and inefficiency in test environment management. Test environment churn is a measure of how quickly test environments change and it’s stability. Test environment pollution i...
DevOps at a startup is defined by developer-driven automation. Instrument everything, establish a culture of automation, and enable your developers to deploy software to production frequently and you’ll be practicing DevOps. You’ll be using any number of accepted tools to achieve these...
These days it seems like everyone wants to move faster and deploy software more frequently.  This is a great goal. The more often you have a software release ,the faster you can deliver code to production to satisfy requirements and fix bugs. Frequent software releases also have a side...
Plutora was recently placed on the shortlist for Computing’s 2016 Vendor Excellence Awards in the field of DevOps Solution. With a combination of the Release Management, Environment Management, and Deployment Management modules, the Plutora platform is being recognized for its ability ...
In an environment where infrastructure is shared across several development teams test environment conflict happens when more than one project needs to use test environment resources at the same time. It can also occur when competing release trains of the same project have overlapping ...
This is the fourth installment in a series on hiring considerations within a modern enterprise software environment. For the third installment, click here.A deployment manager on the largest of projects is a project manager who assumes responsibility for managing deployment playbooks a...
Environment “shortages” always start with a test environment emergency – some unforeseen need for a new environment. Maybe a high-profile project has both an urgent production bug to fix and an unrealistic deadline to meet at the same time. This project’s QA and staging environments ca...
The list of Fortune 500 companies has been in flux for more than a decade due in large part to an inability for these enterprises to keep up with digital disruption. With more than half of the companies on the Fortune 500 list being replaced since 2000, large enterprises must do a bett...
Managing software releases across a large enterprise can be costly. Your organization has to employ several release managers and teams of people dedicated to testing and environment management. If you haven’t stepped back and thought about cost over the last several years you might wan...
“It is in this context of Development meeting Operations that Release Management becomes significant. It is indeed the lynch pin for a smooth transition of applications from code complete to deployment into live production environments.”Enterprise release management is garnering a lot ...
Everyone has a DevOps initiative – everyone. No matter the size of our clients or prospective customers, the term “DevOps” comes into the conversation whenever we ask someone to describe current initiatives and challenges. Most are trying to transform an existing organization to take a...
As release managers and executives, we address release complexity and complex dependencies between releases by combining software releases. If you have 20 groups asking to run independent releases, why not just combine them all into one?   Sure, this results in less overhead for suppor...
“Enterprise Release Management isn’t magic, and it isn’t ‘market speak.’ It is defined by the practices that will come to define the efficient software enterprise in the coming years and it is the full realization of agile in the enterprise.”The idea of enterprise release management is...
A software release is a highly orchestrated set of changes performed on a complex system, and, as with any change to a software system, it can introduce risks to availability and system stability. These risks are offset by the rewards of shipping updated software to customers, but you ...
Managing databases and newer, more exotic NoSQL stores is an emerging challenge in an industry under constant pressure to move faster. While the industry has perfected the art of cloud-based provisioning and configuration of application servers, databases continue to be a pain point fo...
Software releases are the single biggest factor contributing to system downtime across all industries. Almost without exception, whenever you hear of a high-profile outage at a bank or an airline, it’s related to a software release or a high-risk change being made to a system. Wh...
Two decades makes a huge difference for software developers. We’ve gone from months-long development cycles to lifecycles measured in weeks or days, with some on the “bleeding edge” executing highly agile software releases even more frequently than that. At Plutora, our management team...
Service management refers IT Service Management or ITSM, while release management is a whole different set of roles and responsibilities that apply to a development-driven IT organization. Some organizations take an ITSM approach to release management, but many organizations are starti...
“Instead of adopting cookie-cutter solutions for release management based on static, flowchart-driven models, enterprises need purpose-built systems designed with a model that can be adapted to the needs of an individual enterprise that incorporate components from emerging DevOps-focus...
Plutora, the industry standard for Enterprise Release & Test Environment Management and Avocado, a leading provider of IT professional services, announced a new partnership that combines the powerful Plutora Release Lifecycle Management platform with Avocado’s expertise in deliver...
A pattern we’re noticing more and more is that technology departments are starting to get out in front of the business. All too often this creates an odd paradox: the business might be asking technology to slow down because it hasn’t adapted to a continuous delivery model. This is espe...