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7 Benefits of Release ManagementReading time 3 minutes
Release management is a software engineering process intended to oversee the development, testing and deployment of application releases. The practice of release management combines the business emphasis of project management with a detailed technical knowledge of the systems development lifecycle (SDLC) and IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) practices.
Release management within your organization delivers 7 core benefits. These benefits are categorized as being aligned to the traditional benefit categories of revenue, cost and risk.
1. Accelerated Time to Value
By delivering services to customers on ever-shorter release cycles. The release management, test environment management and deployment processes are streamlined enabling changes to be deployed more rapidly. End users realize the benefits of changes a quickly as possible.
2. Higher Release Throughput
By absorbing higher rates of change to systems whilst maintaining IT service quality through a unified, well-understood and controlled release process.
3. Enhanced Agility and flexibility
By responding to new and emerging needs and competitive threats as they arise. With all parties operating on the basis of consistent information, whereby they can quickly understand the impact of new changes to the release schedule and risk profile of the release in order to respond positively to those demands.
4. Increased Productivity
Through creation and enforcement of standards and best practices across the releases process as well as more efficient allocation of test environments to support releases. Deliver smoother transitions of releases from development activities (projects) to final destination environment.
5. Eliminated duplicate and manually-intensive activities
In the plan, manage and deploy stage of the release process. Also eliminate the need to continual reconcile inconsistent information sources from day to day activities.
6. Increased Collaboration
By bringing together disparate teams and skillsets, involved in the release management process, through information sharing and instant communication. All release stakeholders have complete and timely insights into schedules, changes, priority and status. Release management metrics are clear across the organization.
Risk and Uncertainty
7. Mitigate Release Failure
Through strong policy and governance that enables stakeholders to take preventative action based on superior information. Providing real-time visibility into enterprise-wide release status enables stakeholders to pinpoint the root cause of potential release failures and mitigate them quickly.
Plutora Release Management
Plutora provides a cloud based Release Management tool that enables you to plan, execute and coordinate releases across complex interdependent applications. Plutora also allows you to manages environments allocation to phases within a release, providing better visibility and control for efficient environment utilization.