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Tailoring Release Management to Both Operations and Development

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Instead of adopting cookie-cutter solutions for release management based on static, flowchart-driven models, enterprises need purpose-built systems designed with a model that can be adapted to the needs of an individual enterprise that incorporate components from emerging DevOps-focused approaches to release management and more standard ITSM-focused approaches to IT Service Management.

Your developers have their own dedicated tools and your operations team has its own dedicated IT service management tools. However, you still leave release managers to bridge the gap between these two sides of the release process without dedicated tools. It would be nice if there was a one-size-fits-all solution to release management, but there isn’t.

In the latest Plutora whitepaper, Release Management Is Not a “One Size Fits All” Solution, we explore the need for increased flexibility in DevOps-based release management and how a dedicated enterprise release management solution can be used to solve common challenges.

Why Release Management is No “One Size Fits All” Solution

This new whitepaper offers a comprehensive overview of the two audiences for release management — development and operations — including the differences between these two groups from an ITIL perspective. Here are a few basic highlights from the paper:

  • Release managers bridge two audiences: a DevOps-focused view of releases and deployments, and an ITSM-focused view of service management.
  • Enterprises should select tools that can adapt to both DevOps and ITSM-focused approaches as they evolve in an ever-changing environment.
  • Enterprises adopting a DevOps-focused approach to release management fail to provide predictability and cost accounting to the business.

In addition to these key insights, the whitepaper also discusses how the Plutora platform enables companies to increase agility, support self-service releases and become more distributed — three trends that are essential in the software-driven business world.

Why Adopt a Purpose-Built Tool for Release Management?

The reality that enterprises have either realized or will soon realize is that the spreadsheet-based manual processes that have supported software releases in the past are no longer sufficient. Release demands are exceeding manual capabilities and release managers deserve automated, streamlined tools just like developers and operations professionals.

In the Release Management Is Not a “One Size Fits All” Solution whitepaper, you’ll learn about the need for a purpose-built tool for release management providing a flexible model incorporating both DevOps and ITSM-focused components to provide a comprehensive model for software delivery.

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