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How often is an environment unavailable due to factors within your project’s control? How often is an environment unavailable due to external factors? Are the software and hardware in an environment up to date with the target Production systems? How often do you have to resort to manual workarounds due to an environment? Metric: Availability and Uptime Percentage QA and Staging environments seldom require the same level of uptime as Production, but tell that to a team of developers working 24/7 on a project that has an aggressive deadline. As a Test Environment Manager, you know that when a QA system is unavailable, you will get immediate calls from developers and managers. As a Test Environment Manager, you will also want to understand the root cause of every outage. If you follow a problem management process for Production outages, you should follow a similar proc... (more)

All Test Case Management Tools Are Not Created Equal | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #APM #Monitoring

If you’ve used test case management tools before, you’ll understand that there are a range of products on the market. There are old standards that have been around since before the dawn of the World Wide Web, and there are relative market newcomers that offer different levels of sophistication. Here are the factors that make the difference between test case management tools that help and those that hinder. Test Case Management Tools Should Cooperate with Issue Management Tools Your test case management tools should integrate with any and every tool your organization uses to track ... (more)

Control Costs: Use Cloud Test Environments

There is no more effective way to reduce your overall test environment spend than to migrate to cloud test environments and embrace testing and infrastructure automation. The nature of test environments is inherently temporary—you set up an environment, run through an automated test suite, and then tear down the environment. If you can reduce the cycle time for this process down to hours or minutes, then you may be able to cut your test environment budgets considerably. This is the “Holy Grail” for both cost savings and agility. This on-demand model allows you to take advantage ... (more)

Enterprise Release Management By @DaliborSiroky | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #BigData #API #Docker

Six Roles Key to Enterprise Release Management Success By Dalibor Siroky Large organizations engaged in enterprise release management seldom have a single "enterprise release manager."  Instead of a single, "enterprise-wide" responsibility, most large, decentralized organizations assign responsibility for more strategic, release management functions to several existing roles. An enterprise release management practice supports and is supported by the following enterprise release management roles: IT Portfolio Management - An efficient ERM practice provides portfolio managers greate... (more)

Production Deployments | @CloudExpo @DaliborSiroky #APM #ML #DevOps

Production Deployments Don't Have to Be a High Wire Act By Dalibor Siroky It's 3 am in California, and you are still awake trying to sort through a release process that has been delayed by several hours. The deployment to the main application cluster took several extra hours due to an unanticipated problem with the servers, and now everyone is waiting on the lead database administrator to call into a conference bridge so you can all move on to Step 53.5b of the deployment. Your production deployments always seem to be problematic and this one might be the worst you've experienced... (more)