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At Plutora we develop products we’re very proud of. We use our tools daily and actively gather internal feedback on ideas to improve our feature set. We believe in giving our customers the best web app experience out there. As our team grows and with the added logistics of our en... (more)
Plutora Closes $13.4 Million Growth Round SAN FRANCISCO – Dec 21, 2016 – Plutora, the market leader in enterprise release, test environment, and software quality management, today announced it had closed a $13.4m growth equity investment from Macquarie Capital. The investment wi... (more)
How much should you be spending on your test environments? How much is too much? How much should test environment cost? In this post, we outline a simplified model of a generic application running in the cloud. Using Amazon Web Services (AWS) on-demand prices we calculate some pr... (more)
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. ... (more)
Test Environment Managers are often asked to audit everything. If there is a question about budgets they need to quickly identify opportunities to reallocate infrastructure and environments. Hardware is expensive, and resources are limited so when a business looks at the numbers ... (more)
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... (more)
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 tha... (more)
Plutora is pleased to annouce our new Jenkins self-service adaptor. Jenkins has become the default enterprise standard for continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD). With the release of our new Plutora Jenkins adaptor, we bridge the gap of best of breed release & e... (more)
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 announceme... (more)
Tailoring Release Management to Both Operations and Development 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 individu... (more)
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 ... (more)
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... (more)
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 dev... (more)
“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 rel... (more)
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 p... (more)
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 tim... (more)
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 environm... (more)
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 environme... (more)
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 ... (more)
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 managemen... (more)
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