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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)
Three DevOps Considerations for the Enterprise Many of the well-known examples of DevOps success we read in blogs on the Internet paint an idyllic picture of DevOps productivity. A team was facing a stodgy, slow-moving operations department, teams weren't delivering software on... (more)
Connecting DevOps to the Business at DevOps Summit New York By Dalibor Siroky This week we're attending SYS-CON Event's DevOps Summit in New York City.  It's a great conference and energy behind DevOps is enormous. Thousands of attendees from every company you can imagine are foc... (more)
When you read about DevOps in the technical press you come away with the idea that infrastructure automation has solved the problem of complex releases. These images of success are backed up by vendor assertions that businesses are no longer burdened by complex releases spanning ... (more)
Last week wasn’t a good week for the stability of high-profile systems.  United airlines had a ground-stop due to an “automation failure”, the New York Stock Exchange suffered a problem that caused an interruption of trading, and the Wall Street Journal had issues with site avail... (more)
Release managers understand what it means to have a triple-booked Outlook calendar.  They have calendars subject to rapid last-minute changes as project timelines slip and environments issues cause a series of fire-drill emergencies to be solved right now.  Most release managers ... (more)
“Hey, can we get another QA environment?” That question can ruin an environment manager’s day. A large organization plans for capacity, purchases enough infrastructure to support as many environments as the organization needs at once, and even “on the cloud” resources have a pr... (more)
We’ve compared release managers to air traffic controllers in previous blog posts. For test environment managers we use a different analogy, instead of air traffic controllers a test environment manager job’s is more akin to assigning and preparing gates for flights arriving to a... (more)
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