Without Release, there is no New Application.
Release Processes to support your DevOps initiatives
Until new applications or features are shipped, there is no value. Whether using traditional or continuous delivery approaches to delivering software, the coordination of release activities can be challenging to say the least. Technologies at all levels of the stack (infra, database, middleware, etc) are in play, and need to be managed together for success. Architectures such as microservices attempt to simplify or at least isolate capabilities into more self-contained and composable units. But microservices bring other challenges with them at scale. Organizations need a way to manage their enterprise traditional releases and CD pipelines in a scalable, auditable and predictable way.
FlexDeploy automation helped Takeda increase deployment speed by 8X across 35 environments.
Defining Application Release Automation
Application Release Automation (ARA) is the process of packaging and deploying new and updated applications across environments in an automated fashion, without dealing with manual and scripted processes. It gives IT teams a consistent process that saves them time and headaches.
Before Release Automation
|Issues planning, tracking, and communicating throughout the release cycle, especially when there are many teams, applications, and other changes included in the scope of a release.|
|Required segregation of duties can be challenging, including difficulty orchestrating accurate approvals and other controls which ensure alignment to policies and the ability to meet audit requirements.|
|Difficulty or inability to know what has changed or is planned to change across environments, what has been approved, tested, or other activities which require coordination.|
|Manual tasks are time consuming and error-prone, and scripted processes require regular maintenance to build, test, and update. Both options require the team to take time away from their main focus: building and delivering updates, enhancements, fixes, and innovative solutions.|
After Release Automation
|Flexibility related to support for traditional, agile, and continuous delivery methods. Apply ‘just the right amount’ of controls and coordination to ensure effective and efficient release management.|
|Controls established for approvals into environments, well defined ‘windows’ for changes into production and other controlled environments, and ability to ensure compliance to change processes and audit requirements.|
|Clear visibility to the release pipelines via dashboards and reports ensures access to information which helps plan and execute releases throughout the lifecycle.|
|Automation provides repeatable and high quality changes across all environments at any frequency; from daily, weekly, monthly, or whatever cadence is needed by your enterprise.|
FlexDeploy’s Release Automation
FlexDeploy includes end-to-end software delivery features across build, deploy, test, and release processes. The release automation capabilities improve planning and execution of changes across pipelines, ensuring well-coordinated and highly effective delivery. No more stress-riddled releases, only repeatable and high quality changes across all environments at any frequency; from daily, weekly, monthly, or whatever cadence is needed by your enterprise.