Via acquisitions, global expansion, and implementations, one global food manufacturer was growing rapidly. With the demand for both operational reporting and analytical reporting increasing, the Business Intelligence team saw their workload balloon. Adding to the pressure was the need to shrink outage windows to support users in many different time zones, and to do more work with the same headcount. To meet the demand, a drastic change was needed.

Before: Inconsistent and People Dependent

After an RFP that included IBM/Urbancode, CloudBees, and Jenkins, the organization at large chose FlexDeploy. The Business Intelligence team subsequently adopted the Flexagon platform. After reviewing their existing processes, landscape and tooling, and defining their ideal state, this group identified their top challenges and needs.

  • Inconsistent and manual build/deploy processes were error prone and increased project development duration and cost. It often took the team days to move project code through different development environments.
  • Code movement responsibilities fell on a small group of administrators. This ended up being a bottle neck for project teams as they had to wait for an administrator’s availability to move code and bounce servers.
  • Once code was moved, additional time was always needed to address objects that were missed or not correct. OBIEE data source names, for example, needed to be changed manually after the repository or web catalog object was moved. This led to even more project development delays.
  • Custom scripts were built to move database objects through different environments, but they were often not maintained during testing leading to missing changes or incorrect table column definitions. Additional project development time was needed to create and maintain these scripts, and even more time was needed to run these scripts when project teams needed to move to the next environment.
  • In addition, with so many manual processes needed to move code objects, implementation planning became a spider web of scripts, steps and resources. Coordinating dependencies across groups was a major challenge.

These challenges prevented the team from moving at the speed of the business. They needed to remove variation and speed up their deployment and release activities while maintaining and improving quality of work. They also needed to shift key resources to be working on more value-added activities, rather than administrative tasks.

After: Automated, Repeatable, Streamlined

The BI team was able to leverage work done in other parts of IT and were quickly up and running with FlexDeploy. With FlexDeploy implemented, the team saw improvements across three broad areas:

  1. Faster development: FlexDeploy enabled the team to automate manual and scripted tasks. That meant administrators no longer needed to do manual moves and server tasks, drastically reducing the amount of time spent creating, testing and maintaining DDL scripts. Adding automated, tested, and repeatable processes also reduced outage time, therefore reducing time required to investigate and fix. Removing those items from the team’s workload allowed more time for project work.
  2. Increased Control and Empowerment: FlexDeploy empowered the developer to move code when needed, rather than waiting for administrators. The movement of code, changes and configuration are tracked historically in the tool—who, what, when, where and who approved it. The team configured FlexDeploy so all moves to production require approvals, ultimately enforcing a framework that supported their software development lifecycle strategy.
  3. Improved Time to Production: FlexDeploy’s preview option enabled the team to cut time previously spent validating large DDL Scripts. Now they can deploy the DDL changes in preview mode for validation before go-live. They also found that implementation planning for releases became simpler as all builds were centralized in one tool, making code dependencies easier to manage.

“Flexagon not only has an exceptional product in FlexDeploy, but their ongoing support is second to none.  My team is delivering faster and higher quality solutions to meet our rapid business growth!”


After having FlexDeploy implemented, one BI Administrator said “FlexDeploy’s out-of-the-box support for OBIEE, Informatica, and Oracle Database has fully automated our deployment process. Now we focus on what we love to do, providing BI solutions vs. the manual work for administering changes across environments.”

With FlexDeploy, the BI team was able to reduce or eliminate manual and scripted processes, resulting in:

  • Deployments that previously took 3-5 days to execute now take 1-4 hours, for an average of 10X reduction in deployment time
  • Standardization across environments improved deployment accuracy, shrunk outage windows, and made deployments less person-dependent
  • 10% reduction in man hours, which was reallocated to more value-add project work

Company Stats

  • Industry: Manufacturing
  • Employees: 8,000+

Technology Landscape

  • Informatica 10.1.1
  • Oracle Database

Before FlexDeploy

  • Inconsistent and manual build and deploy processes were slow, error-prone, and regularly lead to system outages
  • People-dependent processes lead to bottlenecks and team frustration
  • Custom built scripts required staff hours to build, test, and maintain

Life after FlexDeploy

  • 10X improvement in deployment speed
  • 10% reduction in man hours, which was reallocated to more value-add project work
  • Manual and scripted activities are replaced with automation, adding consistency, and reducing time spent doing non-development work
  • Standardization across environments improved deployment accuracy
  • Reduction in support and warranty calls because processes “just work”
  • Increased control and empowerment
  • Release planning is simpler when everyone is working from the same tool

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