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Idea to Delivery: 3 Ways to Align IT Teams With Business Outcomes

Business is demanding better, faster delivery of value from IT so it can compete in a market that’s moving at breakneck speed. How can IT accelerate business outcomes if it’s taking nine months to complete projects? First and most important, align IT teams with business goals: acquire new customers, retain current customers, and boost revenue. […]

April 28th, 2017  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release 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

How to Reduce the Cost of Managing Releases

Managing software releases across a large enterprise can be costly. Your organization has to employ several release managers and teams of people dedicated to testing and environment management. If you haven’t stepped back and thought about cost over the last several years you might want to take some time to think about how you can […]

January 22nd, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

8 Ways to Improve your Enterprise Release Management Process

What is Enterprise Release Management? Whilst it is common to think of Release Management as the final promotion of a component into a production environment we take a far broader view of the release management process ranging from the strategy of establishing quarterly, monthly or fortnightly release windows, prioritising the contents of each release, understanding […]

December 11th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

4 Ways to Motivate the Laggards: Managing Slow Releases to Move Faster

If you work in a large enterprise you know what I’m talking about. Some teams move fast (maybe too fast) while other teams still operate as if they are in 1985. How do you get these teams to move faster? There’s such a wide range of capabilities in today’s enterprise it can often feel like […]

October 18th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

What Companies Benefit Most from Enterprise Release Management?

There are three characteristics that drive the need to establish a strong Release Management Process (ERM) practice and they are all related to the complications that accompany scale: Team Size – The number of people involved in an enterprise release. System Scope – The scope of an enterprise system and interdependencies between subsystems affected by an enterprise […]

August 13th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

Our Best Guess: Release Management Failure

Last week wasn’t a good week for the stability of high-profile systems.  United airlines had a ground-stop due to an “automation failure”, the New York Stock Exchange suffered a problem that caused an interruption of trading, and the Wall Street Journal had issues with site availability.  United is blaming this week’s outage on a bad router, the […]

July 10th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

DevOps Trust and Transparency with Plutora

When Forrester analysts Amy DeMartine and Kurt Bittner wrote “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective DevOps” the habit I focused on was habit number one: “Establish trust and transparency between Dev and Ops.” This is at the core of release management: DevOps Trust and Transparency – ensuring that both sides of this equation agree when […]

May 30th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

VPs to Release Managers: “Do We Have a Plan?”

This post could have also been titled “Questions Release Managers should be Prepared to Answer.”  Imagine you report to a VP who is asking you questions about how prepared you are for releases and how you are addressing a set of emerging issues. Everyone who has participated in release management understands that software change is […]

May 26th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

Reduce CAPEX for Testing Environments with Plutora

Almost every large enterprise faces a similar challenge: you’ve moved to cloud-based environments, now how do you achieve some level of elasticity? How do you squeeze more results out of the hardware resources you have? How do you reduce CAPEX for testing environments? Whether you are using a public cloud or a private cloud the ability to […]

April 25th, 2015  |  Published in Test Environment Management

Assessing Your Maturity: Plutora’s CMM for Release Management

The Capability Maturity Model (CMM) has become an essential tool for assessing IT initiatives.  Originally developed to assess the capabilities of government subcontractors in the 1990s, the CMM is now used by IT management to define best practices in a particular practice area.  From Application Development to Database Management every practice in the IT department […]

March 1st, 2015  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

How Release Complexity Develops Over Time

Your organization starts with a simple mode – a single project will have two week “sprints”.  Every two weeks you are going to aim for a release to production. This model works well up to a certain scale.  Teams of 4-5 developers working alongside a 1-2 QA testers on a small project are able to […]

October 21st, 2014  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

Our New Global Headquarters in Mountain View, California

Over at Plutora things are moving fast. We have experienced phenomenal growth and as such we’ve moved into larger office space. Our Global HQ’s is now based out of Mountain View, CA, a few minutes walk from the world renowned GooglePlex. Our laser focus on building the best Enterprise SaaS tools in the Release & Test Environment […]

July 20th, 2014  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

Business Value Release

Business Value of a Release

A large focus of Project Management is implementing the highest priority market driven and customer related needs that result in the greatest return on investment for them. Releases are driven by business value and the risk to the operational state of a business. It’s important for a business to ensure that releases both add value as […]

October 31st, 2013  |  Published in Release Management

Why Enterprise Release Management is important to concurrent project delivery

Enterprise Release Management (ERM) is a structured process methodology for managing enterprise change and project driven transformation prior to implementation into a live environment. ERM’s importance to having problem free concurrent projects implemented cannot be underestimated. Management of Non-Production Environments, Management of Application/System Dependencies, Prioritization of Stakeholders Tasks, Understanding and Prioritizing Milestones, Controlling Release Gates […]

September 1st, 2013  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

7 Benefits of Release Management

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 […]

April 18th, 2013  |  Published in IT Governance, Release Management

Plutora selects Rackspace as our Hosting Provider

Plutora provides its Release Management software online globally as a service (SaaS). To provide our service we require a world leader in Cloud Computing and hosting with a 100% uptime guarantee and the ability to scale up or down to meet demands. After research into the market we narrowed our selection to those suppliers offering […]

August 10th, 2012  |  Published in Release Management

Release Management Pain Points

Release Management Pain Points Release and Deployment Management aims to plan, schedule and control the movement of releases to test and live environments. The primary goal of Release Management and Deployment Management is to ensure that the integrity of the live environment is protected and that the correct components are released. We have seen many […]

July 2nd, 2012  |  Published in IT Governance, Release Management