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It's Time to Tear Down Silos for Agile Release Management By Simon King To make sure we’re on the same page, let’s start by defining what we mean by a silo. “They are nothing more than barriers… between departments… causing people… to work against each other.” Patrick Lencioni i... (more)
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 ... (more)
Control Costs: Use Cloud Test Environments By Dalibor Siroky 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 t... (more)
Do you feel like you are always reacting to fire drills? Do you know how your teams are progressing, how they should be progressing, or why there is a deviation? It is difficult to resolve impediments and risks if you don’t have insight into your teams’ progress. Here are six me... (more)
Rising costs. Delays. Failed deployments. Outages. Your risk is increasing and you’re scrambling to figure out why. The trigger is a lack of visibility. And it is the single biggest reason your release risk is going up for dev, for ops, and for the business. Why this is a big probl... (more)
You are unhappy. Crappy releases and outages are causing delays and making you and your team look bad.  Problem: you are relying on documents and spreadsheets to plan releases. Needless to say, critical details are falling through the cracks as a result and adversely affecting ... (more)
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... (more)
Are project intake management and portfolio prioritization draining your resources?  Are you sick of sorting through project updates and sharing slides? Are you spending endless hours in release meetings with no clear decisions? You probably reminisce the good old days when one te... (more)
Do you spend too much time sitting in meetings providing or receiving status updates? Does your testing team receive a ton of emails and calls and meeting invites? Does your team provide a ton of detail to stakeholders, but they still don’t seem to be on the same page? Here are t... (more)
Your calendar is filled with release reviews, but it’s looking busy and not exactly doing much. Every time you glance at it, you cringe. You promise yourself you would free up some time so you can actually get stuff done. But you never get around to doing that because you don’t kn... (more)
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 ... (more)
How many people does it take to set up and tear down a test environment? If you ask this question and measure the effort required you might be surprised by the result. While organizations often focus on the hardware budget for test environments, the largest cost associated with t... (more)
You’d be surprised how often organizations insist on running a carbon-copy of a production network for a rarely-used staging environment; this is unnecessary. You don’t need a million-dollar staging environment sitting next to your production environment. You should control your ... (more)
While developers can sprint from idea to implementation in a matter of days, QA has struggled to keep up with this rapid pace due to a lack of standard test management software tools. The ability to track software requirements across the full software development lifecycle includ... (more)
Test environments cost money; this is the inescapable fact of test environment management. It can be difficult to justify the expense in your conversations with finance and management, especially if they lack a software development background. Businesses are often fine with dropp... (more)
Plutora Release Manager, the industry-leading platform, has received a vote of confidence from the release management community, with the announcement of Electric Cloud’s Top 20 Vendors in Release Management. Release Management Professionals Agree Electric Cloud operates the Relea... (more)
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)
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