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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 ov... (more)
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... (more)
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... (more)
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 ... (more)
Plutora shortlisted for Computing’s 2016 Vendor Excellence Awards in the field of DevOps Solution   19 May 2016 – MOUNTAIN VIEW, California – Plutora was recently placed on the shortlist for Computing’s 2016 Vendor Excellence Awards in the field of DevOps Solution. With a combin... (more)
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 overla... (more)
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 pla... (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)
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 ... (more)
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 mig... (more)
“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 ... (more)
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 ... (more)
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 ... (more)
“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 manag... (more)
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, bu... (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 po... (more)
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... (more)
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 managemen... (more)
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 ... (more)
“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... (more)
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