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Who’s on first, what’s on second? 4 comedy of error routines Plutora avoids

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Abbott and Costello’s classic baseball routine celebrates 75 years this year. It’s simply timeless comedy that is still just as funny today. When talking with clients about their processes and pain points, referencing “who’s on first, what’s on second?” all too often gets a knowing smile from Release Managers and Test Environment Managers alike.

So we thought we would put together four comedy of error routines that Plutora avoids:

  1. Conflicting sources of truth

    How many times have you had an issue where both parties were certain they were right? Tracking release activities and environment allocations across spreadsheets, wikis and emails can result in multiple versions of the truth being used at a given point in time. By consolidating these many disparate processes on Plutora, you will have a single source of truth for your Release Management, Test Environment Management and Deployment Management processes across the Enterprise.

  2. Pie in the sky planning

    Ever received a proposed schedule and thought “what were they thinking?” Release Planning across an Enterprise IT Portfolio is a tricky business, in particular, the dynamic tension between project driven releases and cyclical application releases. Having an enterprise-wide release schedule in Plutora will enable your organisation to move from reactive release planning towards planned release cycles across your major applications.

  3. Poor visibility of release activities

    When spanning across application teams, with different technology and processes – how hard can it be to understand where they are at with critical release activities, and if they are hitting their milestones? Whilst application teams across the organisation will require different processes to manage their releases, at some point prior to production deployment they will also need to meet consistent enterprise criteria as well. Plutora allows you to track and enforce enterprise-level activities, gates and criteria whilst also tracking these in different ways per application or release type.

  4. Test environment conflicts

    Ever had a test environment that wasn’t ready in time? Or been half way through a test cycle and things suddenly stop working? Knowing who has what environment booked when would be easy if things never changed, we all know the problem is that they change often. Plutora helps you manage your test environment bookings, critical configuration and environment changes and models the impacts of date changes across the portfolio. Plutora lets you do this in multiple views, so you can focus on a per project or per environment basis.

If you’d like to see a web demonstration of how Plutora solves these problems and more, please get in touch with us.



dalibor siroky
Dalibor Siroky

Dalibor is the Co-founder and Co-CEO of Plutora. He has 15 years of leadership, consulting, enterprise product, and operations experience across Australia, Asia and Europe. He has proven ability to build high performance teams, turn around situations, develop innovative products, and create lasting value. Prior to Plutora, Dalibor was founder and managing director of Finotaur, a leading provider of independent management consulting services. Before that he served as CIO of financial advisory software at Macquarie Bank, head of solution architecture at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Dalibor got his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Follow him on Twitter @DaliborSiroky.