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When your company conducts a high-risk migration to a new platform or when you are faced with a challenge to preserve uptime on a critical day, you plan for every possible contingency and you look at every single facet of your enterprise to identify the weakest link. You prepare.... (more)
What Does Continuous Delivery Management Mean? By Dalibor Siroky Continuous Delivery is a trend that is taking the software industry by storm, and Continuous Delivery Management (CDM) is a new approach to release management that provides both transparency and a governance structur... (more)
I Thought DevOps Integration Was Supposed to Be Easy By Dalibor Siroky We've said it on this blog before, and we'll repeat the same message: Solving a software engineering problem is simple physics. It takes a set amount of energy to move a project from point A to point B, and cha... (more)
The executive concern regarding software development used to revolve around the choice between a waterfall approach or agile teams. Now, the development world is almost decidedly convinced that agile is the way to go. With agile projects seeing 350% to 600% greater success than w... (more)
The software industry is constantly changing. Whether we’re developing for new mobile platforms, adopting the latest languages, or upgrading our methodology there are few constants when it comes to software. As timelines for software delivery projects tend to shorter, more contin... (more)
Enterprise Release Management Resolutions for 2016 By Dalibor Siroky Happy 2016. To help you think about the Environment Management year ahead, we've assembled a collection of resolutions for you to try out. Resolution #1 - I will plan ahead for environment requirements. Many envir... (more)
Gone are the days of the “Golden Master.” In fact, those days are so far gone that programmers new to the industry may not even recognize the term. If you don’t know what that term means we have to travel back in time for two decades, back to a time when most software was sold in... (more)
To follow up our previous post on environment management resolutions for 2016, here is a post focused on specific resolutions for Test Environment Management (TEM). Most of the challenge for TEM relates to unknowns surrounding the testing process: How long is a testing process go... (more)
A deployment plan can model anything: infrastructure changes, software releases, or configuration changes that span multiple departments.  While many of the core software deployment tasks that enterprises face today can be automated most systems still require a plan.   Most deplo... (more)
Years and years, decades: that’s how long some of the release processes we support have been running. In a sector that is so focused on the newest technologies it can be challenging to design systems that last more than a few years, but when you support software development at th... (more)
If you work in a large enterprise you know what I’m talking about. Some teams move fast (maybe too fast) while other teams still operate as if they are in 1985. How do you get these teams to move faster? There’s such a wide range of capabilities in today’s enterprise it can often... (more)
Most large software enterprises are facing a tough choice: on one hand you have the control and stability of traditional ITSM, and on the other you have the self-service freedom and agility of more modern approaches such as DevOps.   As organizations move toward self-service rele... (more)
Bimodal IT is a trend identified by Gartner that describes a common challenge for IT departments – how to support two modes of operation within the same IT department.   According to Gartner’s definition: “Mode 1 is traditional and sequential, emphasizing safety and accuracy. Mod... (more)
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 ... (more)
Gartner has put a name on a common experience across all industries – IT departments often support two different approaches to IT.  One side is focused on agility and rapid time to market while the other is focused on stability and traditional service management.  With Bimodal IT... (more)
Enterprise software development has undergone a dramatic transformation in the last decade as most companies have transitioned to more iterative, agile approaches to software delivery.  This overall acceleration of the software development effort has been focused squarely on more... (more)
Across industries time to market for new software initiatives is decreasing over time and the frequency with which releases are transitioned from development to production is increasing. Put simply, every major company is turning into a software company and software is being deli... (more)
With Enterprise Release Management (ERM) organizations can achieve real agility above the level of individual projects.  When management functions are informed by feeds updated continuously and when multiple departments agree upon consolidated dashboards of release progress organ... (more)
There are three characteristics that drive the need to establish a strong Enterprise Release Management (ERM) practice and they are all related to the complications that accompany scale: Team Size – The number of people involved in an enterprise release. System Scope – The scope ... (more)
Enterprise Release Management (ERM) is an emerging set of practices designed to support enterprise change initiatives and software delivery across multiple projects within large organizations.  ERM is the management of the software delivery lifecycle across multiple projects and ... (more)
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