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How much do the environments cost?

When I talk to people about environment management I’m surprised by the number of people who don’t understand how much they cost.  In a large organization it isn’t immediately obvious just how much a particular environment costs.  It isn’t like people announce how much a VM costs every time someone spins one up to support […]

October 31st, 2016  |  Published in Test Environment Management

Reclaiming Underutilized Environments

What is an Environment? When we discuss Environment Management, we’re not thinking about simple systems.  An environment isn’t just a web server and a database.  Instead, we’re thinking about complex systems with a lot of moving parts.  For example, a large e-commerce website that generates billions in revenue may have several different environments: one for […]

October 26th, 2016  |  Published in Test Case Management, Test Environment Management

How to Clean Up Polluted Test Environments in 9 Steps

Take thousands of developers, distribute them over several departments, and split them up into small teams of 10-20. Now take these 20-50 development groups and ask them to create a distributed, service-oriented architecture. Without a solid approach to test environment management your organization will end up with a real “mess” of testing environments. Test environments […]

June 3rd, 2016  |  Published in Test Environment 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

Test Environment Management Metrics

When it comes to testing and quality assurance, providing the right incentives and metrics is critical. Your release plan shouldn’t reward quality assurance and quality engineering teams for rushing systems through the QA process, and you shouldn’t create systems that penalize anyone for identifying bugs or other issues that will affect quality. Quality and appropriate […]

August 27th, 2014  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

Launching our Test Environment Manager Solution

When we founded Plutora, we sought to provide a simple and transparent way for organizations to manage their releases and reduce delay. Our customers have told us that delays in the environment management process are costly and time consuming, ultimately delaying time-to-market for their software releases. That’s why today, we’re excited to announce the release […]

October 17th, 2013  |  Published in 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

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

Plutora Test Environment Management Update June 2013

It is an exciting time at Plutora! As environment issues in non-production environments can cause up to 40% of lost time on IT projects, our focus over the last month has continued to be on linking Test Environment Management Capability with Release Management Capability. Here’s what’s new with Plutora this month: •    Release Manager […]

June 5th, 2013  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

Incremental Test Environment Management Process Improvements

This post highlights the importance of an efficient and reliable Test Environment Management process in supporting application releases/project delivery. We begin with the introduction of test environments and the problems that companies are facing due to poorly implemented and executed test environment management practices. Finally, we suggest itSMF ITIL V3 compliant best practices for improving […]

May 22nd, 2013  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

Test Environment Management

Test Environment Management can mean many things to different people who are involved in either software delivery or IT Operations. In this post I wanted to touch on what it means in the context of “planning releases”. It’s probably good for me to point out as well that if you’re a small internet company or […]

February 10th, 2013  |  Published in Test Environment Management