Organizations Are Losing Control Over Their Enterprise IT Environments
Pre-production test environments have become a choke point in the application delivery cycle of the Enterprise IT, resulting in project delays, or worse, a false sense of security with an application tested against a misconfigured environment.
Many factors work against the efficient management of test environments including lack of ownership, disjoint tracking, managing multiple versions, expansion of SaaS and virtual test environments, and vendor or partner managed environments. Scheduling is complicated, requiring more than just system availability; it needs an estimate of time required to ensure correct configuration and appropriate test data. Environment managers – when they exist – have disparate, non-integrated systems tracking requests and current configurations, sometimes with conflicting information. They struggle to plan as they can only react to requests without a view of upcoming releases and requirements.
Furthermore, environments are expensive – underutilized environments not only waste precious budgets but also don’t allow for offsets that could otherwise be charged back to the consuming teams. Any environment failure or outage has unknown impact that leaves teams in disarray and raises the overall risk profile of the projects. As much as 40 percent of testing time is lost due to environment scheduling conflicts, unavailable environments, or misconfigurations.
Challenges with testing and quality in Agile projects are increasing. The availability and reliability of test environments and test data are some of the most notable causes. Almost half (46%) of enterprise IT departments don’t even have visibility into environment availability or demand.
How Plutora Environments Helps
Plutora Environments is a complete pre-production environment management solution for enterprise IT teams. It gives internal and external environment teams one place to collaborate on and view environment bookings, allocations, configurations, and conflicts.
Plutora Environments supports intake requests, environment change requests, environment allocations, conflict detection, and impact analysis (including highlighting releases impacted by environment failure) with complete notification options for stakeholders. It improves the quality, availability, and utilization of environments by reducing costs and delays.
The other Plutora Platform modules integrate deeply with environment management to provide integrated coordination based on changes to release schedules, integrated deployment plans, and unified reporting and insights into the overall status.