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We've created the first global ranking of brands in the release management space, using data from over 4,000 articles curated on our Release Management Wiki, and external data sources such as social and link metrics.
Gartner Magic Quadrant: Application Release Automation
The report covers the requirements that CIOs and Architects should be thinking about when selecting an Application Release Automation solution, with Gartner's recommendations about the best solutions to manage releases in a scalable and predictable way. Electric Cloud has been named a leader in the ARA Magic Quadrant.
A key challenge in developing applications for the cloud age is dealing with the continually shrinking interval between updates. Why, then, is automation of release and deployment so rarely used?
Read more on Release Automation: Release Automation Tools | Configuration Management Tools | Release Management Dashboard | More...
The range of opportunities for automation in DevOps, along with the choice of tools that you can use, can seem complex, especially for smaller teams with limited time and resources. You might already be doing some automation today, but how do you prioritize what to focus on next? If you're beginning a new DevOps project from scratch, where do you start?
At last year's SQL in the City, I played the part of a manual DBA making changes and deploying those from development to test, staging, and production environments. Actually, I don't think we went to production because I didn't have time. My co-worker, Tom Austin, showcased the automated process using SQL Source Control and other Redgate tools. As much as I believe in using tools, and despite the fact I regularly use them, even I was impressed by how much less work the automated process took.
The DevOps mind-set of incremental, continuous integration and delivery is familiar to consumers, but faces challenges when it comes to application testing and training in enterprise settings. The business has to move to a continuous delivery mind-set with an entire DevOps tools list for support: Small changes delivered rapidly and effectively on a regular basis are easier for the help desk and end users to adopt.
Read more on Deployment Automation: Deployment Tools | Continuous Deployment | Deployment Best Practices | Deployment via CI | More...
Release Management Process
Enterprise Release Management encompasses aligning the necessary non-production or test environments to support the coordinated release strategy. What defines the Enterprise Release Management process is the coordinated promotion of new functionality into existing production environments on a specified date.
Your customers expect valuable services — and they expect them without disruption. That makes it critical that every single release be built, tested, and delivered following a rigorous process that ensures quality and minimizes risk. ITIL's Release and Deployment Management phase is designed for exactly that: ensuring that your releases are deployed into production efficiently and effectively.
The business impact of not being able to bring people, processes, and systems together across development and operations teams is evident when applications that are the mainstay of a business falter due to failed deployments and releases. So how do you improve the quality and increase the speed of your releases and deployments without compromising environmental stability and control? And how do you streamline processes that span your development and operations teams?
Read more on the Release Management Process: Release Management Best Practices | Agile Release Practices | Release Metrics | More...
Deployment Process and Planning
At the recent Agile 2016 conference InfoQ spoke to Dennis Ehle, vice president of DevOps strategy for VersionOne about the evolution of DevOps both as a way of thinking and the toolsets that support the practices, and the importance of having visibility into how value is delivered over the DevOps pipeline.
The amount of time spent on setup, deployment and manually testing code is often ignored by technology teams and managers. Manual server configuration and code quality tests are not only error prone, but they ultimately result wasted time and money.
The coverage gap around measurement and metrics is driven primarily by the fact that the DevOps space is new and there are few standards around which to build an easily documented metrics structure. That leaves practitioners with the challenge of creating something they can use pragmatically within their own organizations. This article discusses how to close the gap on some key continuous delivery metrics.
Read more on Deployment: Deployment Process | Deployment Planning | Deployment Checklist | Compliance and Auditing | Types of Deployments | More...
Knowledge and information management system deployments are commonly delayed in a quest for perfection. Releasing too early will yield a "so what effect," where your end users don't see sufficient value. Releasing too late delays your business value and often creates a situation where meaningful analytics and feedback are lacking from your design and development cycle. The "just right" release date requires an understanding of the system, users, and organizational culture.
A product release is the launch of a new product or a combination of features that will provide value to customers or users. Digging deeper, a release is much more to both your customers and internal teams. For your customers, it's a promise of new value they can look forward to embedding in their everyday work and activities.
This list contains items that need to be completed before software can be released. Each team must customize this list as appropriate for your specific project. Some of the items below may not apply to your team and you may need to add other important items. Fill in the "person responsible" column with the name of the actual person on your team.
Read more on Release Planning: Release Policy | Release Schedule Template | Release Checklists | Release Test Plan | More...
Release Communication and Training
Why are good release notes so hard to come by? Why are they so rare that I take a screenshot when I do come by one that manages to be readable and fun? Possibly because not everyone has caught onto the hidden value of writing really great release notes. But you don't have to make your release notes a work of art to take advantage of a great engagement opportunity. Just write better release notes.
One of the major functions of any open source project is releasing software, with the goal of reaching as many users as possible. We've crafted a set of guidelines for coordinating release announcements to ensure that your excellent work doesn't get lost in the shuffle.
For some businesses, release notes are the only way product enhancements are communicated to customers. For others, they're a sideline, developed entirely separately from user communications. But if you want to do more with less - if you want to improve customer retention communications without having to do a stack more work - your release notes could be an unexpected, but valuable answer.
Gartner Magic Quadrant: Application Release Automation
The Top Vendors in Release Management
The Release Management Wiki's editors analyzed over 4,000 release-related articles published by hundreds of authoritative sources, as well as external metrics such as social shares and backlinks, to identify the most influential vendors offering products and knowledge which is of value to the release management community. Click the links for a comprehensive listing of resources on each product in the context of release management.
|Electric Cloud||ElectricFlow||HP Enterprise||IT Operations Orchestration|
|Microsoft||Visual Studio Release Management||IBM||UDeploy|
|CA||CA Release Automation||Atlassian||Bamboo|
|Micro Focus - Serena||Serena Deployment Automation||CloudBees||Jenkins Platform|
|Automic||Automic Application Release Automation||ServiceNow||Change and Release Management|
|Plutora||Relman Enterprise Release Management||Inedo||BuildMaster|
|Octopus Deploy||Octopus Deploy||VersionOne||Continuum|
|Clarive||DevOps Automation Platform||CFEngine||CFEngine|
|Puppet||Puppet Enterprise||SaltStack||SaltStack Enterprise|
The Top Websites in Release Management
|Popular||Cited||Quality||Top Website Score|
|9||The Daily WTF||thedailywtf.com||1||35.0||380||79%|
|17||The Server Side||theserverside.com||6||0.5||1012||65%|
|20||The ITSM Review||theitsmreview.com||6||15.2||942||55%|
Prolific score: number of web pages published on release management subjects on the website over the past year.
Popular score: average Facebook shares, Google +1s and LinkedIn shares for release management articles published on the website.
Cited score: number of backlinks to the website on release-management-related subjects, based on the Majestic backlink database.
Quality: Editorial score of the value of the content for the release management community - based on content published on our wiki or submitted to us by the publishers.
Top Website Score: normalized weighted average of the above four scores.
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