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Why Plutora

The Value Stream Digital Transformation Solution

As the VP of Development at a large multinational wireless telecommunication company, Christian deals with a variety of challenges every day. For example, this morning he reviewed the results of an internal audit of their development teams and their processes. The goal of the audit was to identify and resolve problems now, so the company […]

November 19th, 2018  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Deployment Management, DevOps, Release Management, Test Environment Management, Value Stream Management

CI CD CDE

Continuous Integration vs. Continuous Delivery vs. Continuous Deployment

The world of software development seems to create new buzzwords, processes, and methodologies almost as fast as it develops new software tools. The reason is that the industry is constantly evolving and becoming more efficient. However, in the software development world, there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all solutions. Some methodologies will work better in certain […]

November 12th, 2018  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Deployment Management, DevOps, Release Management

Silicon Valley Business Journal Award

After national recognition, Plutora makes the top 10 in fastest growing private companies in Silicon Valley

Just last month Plutora made its debut on the Inc. 5000 list, the hallmark of entrepreneurial success that features the fastest-growing private companies in the country. Looking a little closer to home, we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that Plutora ranked number nine in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2018 Fast Private Awards. These annual awards […]

October 19th, 2018  |  Published in Release Management, Value Stream Management

Continuous Improvement in a CI/CD Pipeline

Continuous Improvement in a CI/CD Pipeline

In 1993, the movie “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray, launched its way into our hearts and minds as one of the top-rated movies of all time. In the movie, Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, comically lives the same day over and over again. His objective, as he repeats each day, is to learn step […]

October 2nd, 2018  |  Published in Deployment Management, DevOps, Release Management, Value Stream Management

Jenkins World 2018

Come Talk to Us and Merck at Jenkins World 2018 – Booth 120

It’s that time again as Jenkins World is upon us. I love that the conference is being renamed to DevOps World as it spotlights a key aspect – this conference now covers a much wider area than discussions about an open source continuous integration server. What Brings Us Together? I studied electrical engineering in school […]

September 11th, 2018  |  Published in DevOps, IT Governance, Release Management

Centrica Test Environment Management

One Company’s Success with Test Environment Management

If you live in the United Kingdom, Ireland or in the eastern United States, there is a good chance that your electricity is provided by Centrica or one of its subsidiaries. With 27,000,000 customers, they are in the top 100 utility companies in the United Kingdom. This means Centrica covers a lot of territory and […]

September 10th, 2018  |  Published in IT Governance, Release Management, Test Environment Management

Value Stream Mapping

10 Key Steps to Value Stream Mapping for Software Delivery

A few years back, a large mortgage company was struggling. Their mortgage application process was taking an average of more than three weeks to come to an approval decision. Their customers were growing more and more frustrated. Many were simply leaving and going to competitors. The application approval process passed through a dozen teams and […]

September 7th, 2018  |  Published in DevOps, Release Management, Test Environment Management, Value Stream Management

Multi-Speed IT

What is Multi-Speed IT and Why Does it Hurt?

When development teams create applications for the banking industry, they might find themselves interacting with systems of record. If they develop for telecom, they might end up learning about the SS7 Protocol. These systems, developed during the dawn of the information age, tend to be difficult to understand, and they don’t integrate well or predictably […]

August 22nd, 2018  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release Management

Software Delivery Assurance

The Five Tenets of Software Delivery Assurance

Delivery Assurance isn’t a new concept for companies developing and delivering software. The overarching goal – ensuring that new software is delivered on time and on quality, whilst maintaining the integrity of applications in production – has not changed. However due to increases in IT complexity, alongside higher expectations of agility and quality, the need […]

August 22nd, 2018  |  Published in Agile Release Management, IT Governance, Release Management

Digital Transformation

Innovate or Die: Software Delivery Innovation to Survive Digital Transformation

When digital disruption thought leaders discuss examples of companies that are innovating, startups are a common choice. For example, the classic story is of Uber’s ability to quickly redefine the transportation business. What was once dominated by an antiquated taxi system became an industry led by Uber and its digital disruption model. However, start-ups aren’t […]

August 22nd, 2018  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release Management

Agile DevOps

How to Use Discipline to Achieve Agile DevOps

Despite the promises of DevOps collaboration, software release processes have long been stuck with the myth that IT departments can’t have the best of both the speed and reliability worlds. However, the latest State of DevOps report revealed that IT organizations are finding ways to bust the myth and marry speed and reliability for more […]

August 22nd, 2018  |  Published in Agile Release Management, DevOps, Release Management

Bimodal IT

What is Bimodal IT?

The IT community is constantly searching for ways to deliver on the increasing demand for faster business innovation at lower costs. Agile development processes seem to have taken over as the dominant means of IT delivery, but the reality is far more complex. The enterprise IT landscape is stuck between two pools of IT projects […]

August 22nd, 2018  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release Management

Top 3 Trends in Software Development

Top 3 Trends in Software Development

The reality of modern software development and delivery mean a few things. 1. Software projects are increasingly agile The term “Agile” is often overused, what does it mean in the context of release management? While “Agile” is a development process, it can also translate to software projects that are delivered more frequently with less ceremony […]

August 22nd, 2018  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release Management

Software Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation: Become a Technology Powerhouse

Software is eating the world. As companies move forward, they must adjust their business practices by automating manual processes with intelligent software solutions. Classic companies such as bookstores, taxi services, and hotels are now led by software technology companies. For example, one healthcare provider has an IT team of 11,000 people rivaling the top software […]

August 22nd, 2018  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release Management

Bridge the DevOps Gap

Bridge the Gap Between Development and Operations (DevOps)

Development teams are “proactive.” Developers create software systems, and they often have an entirely different model of business from the Operations teams. These groups have a wide variation in both process and approach to software releases. Some development groups working on slow-moving, back-office systems may be very amenable to the service management model of software […]

August 22nd, 2018  |  Published in DevOps, Release Management

Benefits of Release Management

Everyone Enjoys the Benefits of Release Management

Large organizations engaged in enterprise-wide release management seldom have a single “enterprise release manager.” Instead of a single, “enterprise-wide” responsibility, most large, decentralized organizations assign responsibility for more strategic, release management functions to several existing roles. Release Management addresses a critical gap in the enterprise. It is the bridge between tactical ‘agility ’ and a […]

August 21st, 2018  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release Management

Data driven software delivery

How to Achieve Data-Driven Software Delivery

Enterprise software development has undergone a dramatic transformation in the last decade as most companies have transitioned to more iterative, Agile approaches to software delivery. This overall acceleration of the software development effort has been focused squarely on more strategic practices related to software development. From source control to scrums to deployment automation, most IT […]

August 21st, 2018  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release Management

Software Delivery Challenges

Top 3 Software Delivery Challenges that Release Management Solves

Three characteristics drive the need to establish a single system of record. They are all related to the complications that accompany scale. Gaps between Teams Companies that benefit most from Release Management are large enterprises consisting of multiple departments, which span one or more business units, and are supported by one or more IT departments. […]

August 21st, 2018  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release Management

What is Release Management?

What is Release Management?

‘Release Management is the management of the software delivery lifecycle across multiple projects and departments within a large organization. It is the orchestration of activities and resources across multiple, interdependent software releases and changes initiatives to deliver software at scale. While managing both the technical and organizational complications that accompany delivering changes to enterprise-scale, composite […]

August 21st, 2018  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release Management

Plutora joins Inc. 5000

Plutora joins the prestigious Inc. 5000 for first time in 2018

The past few weeks have been filled with recognition and accolades for the Plutora team and the hard work they have put in to developing the platform. From being awarded a top three vendor designation in the EMA DevOps 2020 for release management, to our inclusion in the Forrester New Wave Report for value stream […]

August 15th, 2018  |  Published in Release Management

Digital World

Value Stream Management in a Software Driven World

The Future is Software Software is the competitive differentiator driving every business, in every sector, in one way or another. Every enterprise must evolve its software development and delivery processes in order to compete in this new world, or face the prospect of being disrupted. With this shift in focus, comes challenges of accelerating software […]

August 9th, 2018  |  Published in Agile Release Management, DevOps, Release Management, Value Stream Management

Plutora grabs Top 3 Award for release management

Plutora grabs Top 3 Award for release management

Today we are happy to announce that Plutora has earned the EMA DevOps Top 3 Award for Release Management. Full findings and details are available in the recently delivered EMA DevOps 2020 report. What is the DevOps 2020 report? Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) provide empirical research about the current state of DevOps adoption, perceptions and […]

July 30th, 2018  |  Published in DevOps, Release Management

The Importance of Requirements Traceability Matrix

The Importance of a Requirements Traceability Matrix

Tracking the requirements for each sprint, release and project can be difficult especially in fast paced development environments. Depending on the organization, application and adopted methodology, each release can have a wide range of requirements. Some projects may only have a handful of requirements, while other projects could have requirements numbering in the hundreds. Several […]

June 17th, 2018  |  Published in Release Management, Test management

Achieve Hiccup-Free Software Releases - CD Pipeline

Create a Hiccup-Free Continuous Delivery Pipeline for Enterprise Releases — Tips from Gary Gruver

Given the scale and complexity of enterprise applications, trying to improve release cycle time without compromising quality is a constant concern. In tightly-coupled architectures, release pipelines have multiple system dependencies which adds to the complexity of maintaining quality while managing the increased velocity of change. An effective release process requires close collaboration across all teams, […]

March 14th, 2018  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release Management, Test Environment Management

Deployment Runbook - Hero

Even with Automation You Still Need a Deployment Runbook

It seems there are never-ending stories about how various development teams have implemented really impressive Agile or DevOps processes that take developed code from the idea state clear through to production in a matter of days, or even hours. These model development teams utilize a wide variety of tools to automate various time-sucking and labor-intensive […]

January 30th, 2018  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management

Milestones to DevOps Integration - Hero

Milestones to DevOps Integration

The challenge that every business constantly faces is how to remain relevant to its customers. In a world where changes are happening around us at breakneck speeds, the tools we create and support as development teams need to be cycled faster and more efficiently than ever before. While there are still some legacy applications that […]

January 29th, 2018  |  Published in DevOps, Release Management

eBay release management - Hero

Customer Spotlight: Amit Bali at eBay

Amit Bali, Release and Configuration Management Lead at eBay, discusses the challenges that drew his team to Plutora, the implementation process, and the advantages of making the change. Amit Bali is a Release and Configuration Management Lead at eBay. He is responsible for coordinating application releases, their schedules, and the test environments utilized in the […]

November 21st, 2017  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management, Test Environment Management

Dell release management

Customer Spotlight: Senior IT Manager at Leading Technology Company

Senior IT Manager at a leading Texas-based technology company talks about the challenges her release management team was facing and how Plutora has helped solve them. The senior IT manager is responsible for fiscal year strategy planning, enforcing organizational standards to ensure quality, communicating issues and their recommended solutions to leadership, overseeing the enterprise release function, […]

August 23rd, 2017  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management, Test Environment Management

Enterprise Release Manager Job Description
DevOps Culture

You Can’t Have a True DevOps Culture Without Effective Release Management

While the DevOps movement and associated technologies have garnered much attention and fanfare, few have addressed the core issue—the handoff from development to operations. This blog post explains why Release Management is the bridge between development and operations, and how you can strengthen that bridge with the right approach, tools, teams, and processes. The Chasm […]

June 26th, 2017  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release Management

Aligning IT teams with business outcomes

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

Lean-Release-Management

How to Weave Lean Thinking Into Your Release Management for Predictable Delivery

“The core idea of Lean is to maximize customer value.” Lean Enterprise Institute What is Lean? Businesses are being driven up against the wall by continual industry disruption. Many are fighting back by adopting Lean as a means to support business transformation. The aim is simple: create more value for customers with fewer resources. Lean […]

April 12th, 2017  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release Management

Release Risk

The Biggest Reason Your Release Risk is Going Up, and What to do About it

Rising costs. Delays. Failed deployments. Outages. Your risk is increasing and you’re scrambling to figure out why. The trigger is a lack of visibility. And it is the single biggest reason your release risk is going up for dev, for ops, and for the business.

March 15th, 2017  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release Management

Guide to Planning Successful Releases

The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to Planning Successful Releases

If you want to meet your commitments to the business, you need to improve testing predictability and forecast accuracy. From status quo review to the measurement of metrics, the ten steps outlined in this guide will help you implement watertight releases and achieve your goals.

March 15th, 2017  |  Published in Release Management

Release Reviews

Are Release Reviews Holding Your Projects Back?

Are project intake management and portfolio prioritization draining your resources?  Are you sick of sorting through project updates and sharing slides? Are you spending endless hours in release meetings with no clear decisions? You probably reminisce the good old days when one team of developers wrote the code, ran a couple of quick test cycles, […]

March 2nd, 2017  |  Published in Release Management

Release Reviews

Release Reviews: 7 Steps to Save Time and Keep Projects on Track

Your calendar is filled with release reviews, but it’s looking busy and not exactly doing much. Every time you glance at it, you cringe. You promise yourself you would free up some time so you can actually get stuff done. But you never get around to doing that because you don’t know where to start […]

March 2nd, 2017  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release Management

Plutora a Top 20 Influential Brand

Plutora is a Top 20 Influential Brand for Release Management

Plutora Release Manager, the industry-leading platform, has received a vote of confidence from the release management community, with the announcement of Electric Cloud’s Top 20 Vendors in Release Management. Release Management Professionals Agree Electric Cloud operates the Release Management Wiki, the industry’s largest compilation of release management articles and resources sourced from around the web. […]

January 31st, 2017  |  Published in Release Management

Difference between release management and service management

What is the difference between Release Management and Service Management?

Service management implies IT Service Management or ITSM while release management is a whole different set of roles and responsibilities and it is a term that is geared more toward a development-driven IT organization. Some organizations take an ITSM approach to release management, but many organizations are starting to decouple traditional ITSM from more agile […]

October 24th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

post release reviews

How to Run Post-Release Reviews: Learning from a Release Event

A release is a highly orchestrated set of changes performed on a complex system, and, as with any change to a software system, it can introduce risks to availability and system stability. These risks are offset by the rewards of shipping updated software to customers, but you should view every release event as a trade-off […]

October 10th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

DevOps release management

Tailoring Release Management to Both Operations and Development

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 […]

September 14th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

Accelerate Delivery

Why Now Is the Time to Accelerate Delivery with Enterprise Release Management

The rate of digital disruption is victimizing Fortune 500 companies in a way that has led to 52% of members of the list from 2000 to disappear due to mergers, acquisitions or bankruptcy. No Fortune 500 company wants to become the next Kodak, which was ranked 153rd on the list in 2005 until the age […]

September 2nd, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

How can I accelerate my DevOps initiative?

How can I accelerate my DevOps initiative?

Everyone has a DevOps initiative – everyone. No matter what size our client or prospective customer the term “DevOps” comes into the conversation whenever we ask someone to describe current initiatives and challenges. Most are trying transform an existing organization to take advantage of DevOps practices such as continuous delivery and deployment automation. The challenge […]

July 13th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

The Definitive Hiring Guide for Deployment Managers

The Definitive Hiring Guide for Deployment Managers

A deployment manager on the largest of projects is a project manager who assumes responsibility for managing deployment playbooks and making sure that the sequence of event during a release process are run properly. But, there’s more to it than that. They are also expected to be a technical assessor of risk, and they need […]

May 10th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

How to Measure Release-related Downtime

How to Measure Release-related Downtime

Software releases are the single biggest factor contributing to downtime across all industries. Almost without exception whenever you hear of a high-profile outage with a bank or an airline it is almost always related to a software release or a high-risk change being made to a system. While organizations can put quality checks and governance […]

May 2nd, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

frequent software releases

Enabling Frequent Software Releases, Greater Independence

As release managers and executives, we address release complexity and complex dependencies between releases by combining software releases...

April 27th, 2016  |  Published in Deployment Management, IT Governance, Release Management, Test Case Management, Test Environment Management

Moving to Ready for a Continuous Delivery Model? Communication is Key

Moving to a Continuous Delivery Model? Communication is Key

A pattern we’re noticing more and more is that technology departments are starting to get out in front of the business. All too often this creates an odd paradox: the business might be asking technology to slow down because it hasn’t adapted to a continuous delivery model. This is especially true in organizations that have […]

April 8th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

The Time Is Now for a Holistic Approach to IT Delivery Assurance

The Time Is Now for a Holistic Approach to IT Delivery Assurance

“To truly achieve IT delivery assurance, companies must empower program managers and delivery managers with a dedicated tool for introducing orchestrated, end-to-end control of the delivery process and visibility into project statuses, delivery progress and software quality across the entire organization.” For years, project management offices have gotten by with their project portfolio management (PPM) […]

April 5th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

Why Your DevOps Processes Need More Discipline

Why Your DevOps Processes Need More Discipline

“To keep up with increasing demand for high quality, rapid software releases, IT organizations must shift to Disciplined DevOps — an approach to software release collaboration that blends agile delivery with risk management and governance that support delivery assurance” DevOps has become something of a buzzword in the IT community as companies craft their own […]

March 31st, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

Transparency and Communication: The Keys to More Agile Software Releases

Transparency and Communication: The Keys to More Agile Software Releases

Two decades makes a huge difference for software developers. We’ve gone from months-long development cycles to lifecycles measured in weeks or days, with some on the “bleeding edge” executing highly agile software releases even more frequently than that. At Plutora, our management team has been at the forefront of this transformation for decades. We’ve moved the […]

March 28th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

A Look At the ROI: Is Enterprise Release Management Worth It?

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 products. 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 Test Environment Conflict

How to Reduce Test Environment Conflict

Test environment conflict is when two projects or two releases require access to the same testing resources at the same time. For a Test Environment Manager this might mean that two projects need to test against the same database or deploy to the same environment at the same time, and for a release manager this […]

March 22nd, 2016  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

The Definitive Hiring Guide for Enterprise Release Managers

The Definitive Hiring Guide for Enterprise Release Managers

This is the third installment in a series on hiring considerations within a modern enterprise software environment. For the second installment, click here. An Enterprise Release Manager (ERM) is a new role in the enterprise and it is a by-product of several factors. First, enterprises continue to report larger portfolios with an increased number of smaller, more independent projects. At the […]

March 19th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

8 Proven Practices to Strengthen Your Enterprise Release Management Processes

8 Proven Practices to Strengthen Your Enterprise Release Management Processes

Your IT team has adopted DevOps approaches to enable a faster and more reliable way to move initiatives between development teams and operations. However, you’re still witnessing inconsistent results despite a concerted effort to move towards continuous delivery. Why? Automating various steps of the application development process makes life easier for players in the various […]

March 17th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

The Definitive Hiring Guide for An Application Release Manager

The Definitive Hiring Guide for An Application Release Manager

Of all the jobs we’ve described in our series of posts focused on hiring, the application release manager role is the role that has been the most constant over the past several years. Deployment managers and test environment managers are relatively new job roles emerging only as the number of applications and environments grew as […]

March 3rd, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

The Secret to Success: Detailed Release Planning & Preparation

The Secret to Success: Detailed Release Planning & Preparation

When your company conducts a high-risk migration to a new platform or when you are faced with a challenge to preserve uptime on a critical day, you plan for every possible contingency and you look at every single facet of your enterprise to identify the weakest link. You prepare. Release planning requires much of the same. Whether […]

March 1st, 2016  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management

Complexity at Scale: Trials and Tribulations of Success

Complexity at Scale: Trials and Tribulations of Success

“Complexity” is often viewed as a negative. This is perhaps even more the case at scale, where some degree of complexity is unavoidable. Any unnecessary complexity, states the conventional wisdom, is public enemy number one. But does that wisdom ring true? Let’s look a little closer at the contours and implications of complexity at scale. […]

February 28th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

7 Critical Success Factors when Establishing a Release Management Office

7 Critical Success Factors when Establishing a Release Management Office

The executive concern regarding software development used to revolve around the choice between a waterfall approach or agile teams. Now, the development world is almost decidedly convinced that agile is the way to go. With agile projects seeing 350% to 600% greater success than waterfall development (depending on project size), who could argue with the […]

February 25th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

Can Continuous Delivery Accommodate Legacy Software Systems?

Can Continuous Delivery Accommodate Legacy Software Systems?

The future of software releases is clear. Continuous delivery is here to stay. But does that mean that legacy software systems and infrastructure need to be altogether abandoned? If you polled the people busy redefining best practices today, they’d agree that in a decade we’re going to be effortlessly collaborating on highly complex systems that […]

February 24th, 2016  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management

How do I do DevOps at Scale? Challenges and Solutions

How do I do DevOps at Scale? Challenges and Solutions

DevOps in a startup is defined by developer-driven automation. Instrument everything, establish a culture of automation, and enable your developers to deploy software to production frequently and you’ll be practicing DevOps. You’ll be using any number of accepted tools to achieve these goals from open source tools such as Puppet and Jenkins to public clouds […]

February 22nd, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

What Does Continuous Delivery Management Mean?

What Does Continuous Delivery Management Mean?

Continuous Delivery is a trend that is taking the software industry by storm, and Continuous Delivery Management (CDM) is a new approach to release management that provides both transparency and a governance structure to manage continuous delivery across a large software enterprise. CDM is a developing focus area designed to apply the benefits of continuous […]

February 18th, 2016  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management

I Thought DevOps Integration was Supposed to be Easy?

I Thought DevOps Integration was Supposed to be Easy?

We’ve said it on this blog before, and we’ll repeat the same message: Solving a software engineering problem is simple physics. It takes a set amount of energy to move a project from point A to point B, and changing the process or path doesn’t change the unavoidable fact that difficult software problems are difficult […]

February 16th, 2016  |  Published in IT Governance, Release Management, Test Environment Management

3 Steps to Efficient Enterprise DevOps

3 Steps to Efficient Enterprise DevOps

If you work for a large company, you’ll often look around and wonder if moving to a daily release cycle or automating deployments is even possible given the number of meetings and the amount of process your releases are subject to. Between the CAB meetings, the QA schedules, and the coordinated conference calls it’s tough […]

February 10th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

How to Reduce the Cost of Managing Releases

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

5 Reasons Modern Software is Never “Done”

5 Reasons Modern Software is Never “Done”

The software industry is constantly changing. Whether we’re developing for new mobile platforms, adopting the latest languages, or upgrading our methodology there are few constants when it comes to modern software. As timelines for software delivery projects tend to be shorter, more continuous approaches, we’ve compiled a list of the five reasons that software projects […]

January 16th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

The Gold Master: Why Modern Software is Never Finished

The Gold Master: Why Modern Software is Never Finished

Gone are the days of the “Golden Master”. In fact, programmers new to the industry may not even recognize the term. Let’s travel back in time, before cable modems and fast internet connections to when software was distributed on floppy disks or CD-ROMs. There was little or no opportunity to “update” software once you shipped it, and add-ons […]

January 10th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

Enterprise Release Management Resolutions for 2016

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

8 Ways to Improve your Enterprise Release Management Process

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

Changing Your Release Process: That’s the Real Revolution

Changing Your Release Process: That’s the Real Revolution

Years and years, decades: that’s how long some of the release processes we support have been running. In a sector that is so focused on the newest technologies it can be challenging to design systems that last more than a few years, but when you support software development at the largest scale you notice something: […]

October 29th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

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

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

Agile Accountability: Do your Governance Gates have a Padlock or a Warning Sign?

Agile Accountability: Do your Governance Gates have a Padlock or a Warning Sign?

Most large software enterprises are facing a tough choice: on one hand you have the control and stability of traditional ITSM, and on the other you have the self-service freedom and agility of more modern approaches such as DevOps.   As organizations move toward self-service releases and more rapid iterations change management presents a problematic bottleneck […]

October 14th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

Managing Mixed Releases in Bimodal IT with Plutora

Managing Mixed Releases in Bimodal IT with Plutora

Bimodal IT is a trend identified by Gartner that describes a common challenge for IT departments – how to support two modes of operation within the same IT department.   According to Gartner’s definition: “Mode 1 is traditional and sequential, emphasizing safety and accuracy. Mode 2 is exploratory and nonlinear, emphasizing agility and speed.” Bimodal IT […]

September 29th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

Release Managers are the Heroes of Bimodal IT

Release Managers are the Heroes of Bimodal IT

Gartner has put a name on a common experience across all industries – IT departments often support two different approaches to IT.  One side is focused on agility and rapid time to market while the other is focused on stability and traditional service management.  With Bimodal IT you have one department operating in two modes: […]

September 20th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

6 Roles Key to Enterprise Release Management Success

6 Roles Key to Enterprise Release Management Success

Large organizations engaged in enterprise release management seldom have a single “enterprise release manager.”  Instead of a single, “enterprise-wide” responsibility, most large, decentralized organizations assign responsibility for more strategic, release management functions to several existing roles. An enterprise release management practice supports and is supported by the following enterprise release management roles: IT Portfolio Management […]

September 11th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

ERM Brings It All Together: A Single Dashboard for Enterprise Release Status

ERM Brings It All Together: A Single Dashboard for Enterprise Release Status

Enterprise software development has undergone a dramatic transformation in the last decade as most companies have transitioned to more iterative, agile approaches to software delivery.  This overall acceleration of the software development effort has been focused squarely on more tactical practices related to software development.  From source control to scrums to deployment automation, most IT […]

September 3rd, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

What is Test Environment Churn

Move Faster, Get Better: ERM is Continuous Process Improvement

Across industries, time to market for new software initiatives is decreasing over time and the frequency with which releases are transitioned from development to production is increasing. Put simply, every major company is turning into a software company and software is being delivered faster. This transformation is driven by the widespread adoption of agile methodologies […]

August 27th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

3 Immediate Wins from Enterprise Release Management

3 Immediate Wins from Enterprise Release Management

With Enterprise Release Management (ERM) organizations can achieve real agility above the level of individual projects.  When management functions are informed by feeds updated continuously and when multiple departments agree upon consolidated dashboards of release progress organizations can start focusing on efficient execution and avoid interrupting productive resources just to measure progress. Unlocking the Organization: […]

August 20th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

What Companies Benefit Most from Enterprise 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

4 Core Practices that Define Enterprise Release Management

4 Core Practices that Define Enterprise Release Management

Enterprise Release Management (ERM) is an emerging set of practices designed to support enterprise change initiatives and software delivery across multiple projects within large organizations. ERM is the management of the software delivery lifecycle across multiple projects and departments within a large organization – the orchestration of activities and resources across multiple, interdependent software releases and […]

August 6th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

Our Best Guess: Release Management Failure

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

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Connecting DevOps to the Business at DevOps Summit New York

This week we’re attending the Sys-con DevOps Summit in New York City.  It’s a great conference and energy behind DevOps is enormous. Thousands of attendees from every company you can imagine are focused on automation, the challenges of DevOps, and how to bring greater agility to software delivery.  But, even with the energy behind DevOps […]

June 12th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

Plutora’s Real Benefit: Fewer Meetings

Plutora’s Real Benefit: Fewer Meetings

Release managers understand what it means to have a triple-booked Outlook calendar.  They have calendars subject to rapid last-minute changes as project timelines slip and environments issues cause a series of fire-drill emergencies to be solved right now. Most release managers spend all day, every day in a series of meetings trying to glean the […]

June 9th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

DevOps Trust and Transparency with Plutora

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 it […]

May 30th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

VPs to Release Managers: Do We Have a Plan

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

production deployments

Production Deployments Don’t have to be a High Wire Act

It’s 3 AM in California, and you are still awake trying to sort through a release process that has been delayed by several hours. The deployment to the main application cluster took several extra hours due to an unanticipated problem with the servers, and now everyone is waiting on the lead database administrator to call […]

May 21st, 2015  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management

release management at scale means integration with every tool

Release Management at Scale Means Integration with Every Tool

How many issue trackers does your organization run?  How about change management systems?  If you are a large organization, the answer’s probably more than a handful due to the way business grows through mergers and acquisitions. When managing a release driven by projects using separate issue trackers most retreat to spreadsheets to create a common […]

May 16th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

How Agile Release Managers Skip Change Control

How Agile Release Managers Skip Change Control

Do you think development teams really update those BMC Remedy tickets with all the changes contained in a release?  They don’t.  Most of them just “check the box” and move on.  They choose a Risk Level that won’t raise questions from the Change Control managers and they work around the checks and balances.  The alternative […]

May 11th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

Using Plutora to Support the Scaled Agile Framework

Using Plutora to Support the Scaled Agile Framework

Effective development teams understand incremental development and value lightweight process, and most developers working in 2015 deliver software in iterations punctuated by iteration planning meetings or Scrums. Gone are the days of waterfall development and projects that take months-and-months to deliver results. While most effective organizations have transitioned software development to some form of Agile […]

May 3rd, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

enterprise release risk

Most Common Enterprise Release Risk: Last Minute QA Testing

It’s a “given” in software development – release schedules always slip. Requirements shift, developers underestimate timelines, and quality assurance (QA) finds unexpected defects. Another law of software development is that final release dates are often inflexible. If a market or a holiday shopping season defines your release date you understand how important it is to […]

April 21st, 2015  |  Published in Release Management, Test Case Management, Test Environment Management

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How Enterprise Release Management Enhances Project Portfolio Management

As a user of a Project Portfolio Management (PPM) solution, you’re probably hearing about Enterprise Release Management (ERM) as an emerging solution for managing enterprise change and transformation. However, like many others, you’re probably confused about the difference between PPM and ERM. You want to know things like whether or not you can use your […]

April 14th, 2015  |  Published in IT Governance, Release Management

The Link Between Change Management and Release Management

The Link Between Change Management and Release Management

Change Management and Release Management are different but related functions within organizations. At a high level, Change activities relate to the process of requesting changes, assessing changes, authorizing changes and reviewing changes. Release activities include planning, designing, configuration, rollout planning, testing communication and deployment. The Release Management function provides the schedule and execution whilst the […]

April 5th, 2015  |  Published in IT Governance, Release Management

What’s Your Release Management Risk Factor?

What’s Your Release Management Risk Factor? in 5 Questions

Here are a few questions to help you assess the scope of your release management challenges. Based on the answers to these questions, you can calculate your Release Management risk factor.  This will help you understand what steps you need to take today to mitigate release management risks that accompany software development at scale. Release […]

March 7th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

Assessing Your Maturity: Plutora’s CMM for Release 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 to set up an Effective Enterprise Release Management Function

How to set up an Effective Enterprise Release Management Function

While the DevOps movement and associated technologies have garnered much attention and fanfare, few have addressed the core issue – the hand off from development to operations. We tend to not acknowledge the importance of Release Management – a critical DevOps function. Release Management is the bridge between development and operations that needs to be […]

February 10th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

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DevOps Infographic – Enterprise vs Unicorns

DevOps Infographic – Enterprise Reality vs Unicorns

February 4th, 2015  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management, Test Environment Management

3 DevOps considerations for the enterprise

3 DevOps Considerations for the Enterprise

Many of the well-known examples of DevOps success we read in blogs on the Internet paint an idyllic picture of DevOps productivity. A team was facing a stodgy, slow-moving operations department, teams weren’t delivering software on time. Those teams moved to DevOps, became proactive about infrastructure and deployment automation, and an overnight transition to productivity […]

January 26th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

5 surefire ways to make your enterprise devops

5 Surefire Ways to Make Your Enterprise DevOps Initiative Fail Miserably

2014 was the year that DevOps arrived in large enterprises, and we’re seeing several large corporations moving to more agile software delivery and more frequent releases. We’ve helped many companies move toward DevOps practices using Plutora to provide necessary transparency to manage risk and track agile software development efforts, and over the past few years […]

January 19th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

RACI is essential

Release Management RACI Matrix

Is it done yet or Why RACI is Essential Whether you are a release manager, a release engineer, or a someone just supporting a release you understand that the intersection of software releases and instant messaging can be frustrating.  Whether you use Skype, Jabber, Slack, or any other group-based instant messaging application your experience during […]

January 12th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

air traffic control

Plutora is the necessary “Air Traffic Control” for an increasingly Agile Enterprise.

I keep coming back to this analogy because it’s the most apt description of what Plutora provides for the Enterprise. We provide the software that you need to manage a busy release schedule.  Without Plutora you are forced to use manual methods to orchestrate releases and manage resources, and the analogy that connects with most […]

January 8th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

3 New Year Resolutions for Release Management

3 New Year Resolutions for Release Management

Happy New Year from Plutora! We’re looking forward to the new year as we continue to develop products aimed at taking the effort out of environment, release, and deployment management. To help you organize your approach to the New Year we wanted to take some time to propose a few New Year resolutions for Release […]

January 5th, 2015  |  Published in IT Governance, Release Management, Test Environment Management

plutora enterprise dashboard

How to Support Agility through Enterprise Release Management

The challenge facing today’s project management professionals is supporting a more agile approach to software releases while managing orderly governance and production controls that are necessary.  Project managers have become air traffic controllers landing more projects more frequently on more runways, and as the skies become more crowded it’s important to understand both the trends […]

December 10th, 2014  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management