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Category: Deployment Management

Customer Spotlight: Amit Bali at eBay

Amit Bali, Release and Configuration Management Lead at eBay, discusses the challenges that drew his team to Plutora, the implementation process, and the advantages of making the change. Amit Bali is a Release and Configuration Management Lead at eBay. He is responsible for coordinating application releases, their schedules, and the test environments utilized in the […]

November 21st, 2017  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management, Test Environment Management

Customer Spotlight: Melissa Landrum at Dell

Melissa Landrum, Senior IT Manager at Dell, talks about the challenges her release management team was facing at Dell and how Plutora has helped solve them. Melissa Landrum is a senior IT manager at Dell. She is responsible for fiscal year strategy planning, enforcing organizational standards to ensure quality, communicating issues and their recommended solutions […]

August 23rd, 2017  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management, Test Environment Management

frequent software releases

Enabling Frequent Software Releases, Greater Independence

As release managers and executives, we address release complexity and complex dependencies between releases by combining software releases...

April 27th, 2016  |  Published in Deployment Management, IT Governance, Release Management, Test Case Management, Test Environment Management

A Look At the ROI: Is Enterprise Release Management Worth It?

“In many real-world case studies, Plutora has resulted in returns exceeding 600%. A typical return is around 400% depending on the depth of using the Platform. Factoring additional savings from Environment reclamation and reduction in capital spending on servers or Cloud Environments, ROI can balloon to over 1000%.” Even as software release demands exceed the capacity of […]

March 24th, 2016  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management

The Secret to Success: Detailed Release Planning & Preparation

When your company conducts a high-risk migration to a new platform or when you are faced with a challenge to preserve uptime on a critical day, you plan for every possible contingency and you look at every single facet of your enterprise to identify the weakest link. You prepare. Release planning requires much of the same. Whether […]

March 1st, 2016  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management

Can Continuous Delivery Accommodate Legacy Software Systems?

The future of software releases is clear. Continuous delivery is here to stay. But does that mean that legacy software systems and infrastructure need to be altogether abandoned? If you polled the people busy redefining best practices today, they’d agree that in a decade we’re going to be effortlessly collaborating on highly complex systems that […]

February 24th, 2016  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management

What Does Continuous Delivery Management Mean?

Continuous Delivery is a trend that is taking the software industry by storm, and Continuous Delivery Management (CDM) is a new approach to release management that provides both transparency and a governance structure to manage continuous delivery across a large software enterprise. CDM is a developing focus area designed to apply the benefits of continuous […]

February 18th, 2016  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management

Enterprise Release Management Resolutions for 2016

Happy 2016. To help you think about the Environment Management year ahead, we’ve assembled a collection of resolutions for you to try out. Resolution #1 – I will plan ahead for environment requirements. Many environment managers operate in a reactive mode. They make some wildly inaccurate forecasts about future demand and they sit on excess […]

January 4th, 2016  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management, Test Environment Management

Measure the Actual vs. Planned Duration to Achieve Deployment Plans that Model Reality

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 deployments still involve a coordinator to make sure that a large team is synchronized and executing […]

October 30th, 2015  |  Published in Deployment Management

Even with Automation You Still Need a Deployment Runbook

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 multiple teams.  We’re done.  Just start using tools like Puppet […]

July 17th, 2015  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management

Production Deployments Don’t have to be a High Wire Act

It’s 3 AM in California, and you are still awake trying to sort through a release process that has been delayed by several hours. The deployment to the main application cluster took several extra hours due to an unanticipated problem with the servers, and now everyone is waiting on the lead database administrator to call […]

May 21st, 2015  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management

DevOps Infographic – Enterprise vs Unicorns

DevOps Infographic – Enterprise Reality vs Unicorns

February 4th, 2015  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management, Test Environment Management

What is Enterprise DevOps?

DevOps was created to reduce many of these same conflicts and while DevOps has had several high-profile successes it still presents a challenge for larger organizations. Large enterprises managing mission critical systems still have separate silos for development and operations. In this post I discuss how DevOps fits into the enterprise and what release managers […]

September 10th, 2014  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management, Test Environment Management

Configuration Management

Configuration Management: Deploying “Gold” Configuration Settings to Production Across a number of pre-production environments, it’s likely the configuration settings of your systems/applications will be different versions at any given time (especially evident in larger companies). Different teams will most likely maintain the configuration settings across production, staging and a number of test environments. Furthermore some […]

October 1st, 2013  |  Published in Deployment Management, Test Environment Management

Managing Test Environments

Test Environments (also called QA or Pre-Production Environments) are a vital cog in delivering fully tested code and instilling confidence there will be a successful project or release. Any weakness with the robustness of the test phase will likely have cost implications for the business further down the track so it is important your test […]

September 12th, 2013  |  Published in Deployment Management, Test Case Management, Test Environment Management

Application Impact Matrix for Release Management

Application Impact Matrix for Release Management

The Application Impact Matrix will show interested parties all applications (or systems) that have code changes and require progression and regression testing as well as the systems that just require regression testing in an Release. The Application Impact Matrix is normally broken down to individual projects within the Release train and clearly articulates where the […]

September 5th, 2013  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management

Deployment Management Weekend – Implementation Manager’s dream or nightmare

Release Deployment Management can be simplified Stating the obvious every project has one thing guaranteed in common, the need to be scheduled and coordinated to be deployed into a production state. Just think about it, if they don’t have this commonality it would normally mean the project has been a disaster and failed or had the […]

June 14th, 2013  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management

10 Key Release Management Metrics

10 Key Release Management Metrics

At Plutora, we’re always looking for opportunities to educate and empower of clients to achieve greater enterprise IT success. At the same time, we work very hard to maintain a corporate culture of humility and learnedness. We value our clients not just for the financial opportunities that they present for our company, but also for […]

April 21st, 2013  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management

Plutora selects Zendesk as Support Service Software Provider

After a comprehensive review and trials of leading support service software providers we have selected Zendesk as our support software provider. Zendesk will be used to power Knowledge Base and Community Forums as well as our Help Desk ticketing. Put simply Zendesk is a brilliant product, fits our needs very well and will support us […]

October 12th, 2012  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management, Test Case Management, Test Environment Management