Organizations Are Losing Control Over Their Enterprise IT Environments
Pre-production test environments have become a choke point in the application delivery cycle, 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, disjointed 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. Test environment managers – when they exist – have disparate, non-integrated systems tracking requests and current configurations, often with conflicting information. They struggle to plan, as they can only react to requests, without a view of upcoming releases and requirements.
Furthermore, test environments are expensive – underutilized test environments not only waste precious budgets but also don’t allow for offsets that could otherwise be charged back to the consuming teams. Any test 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 test environment scheduling conflicts, unavailable test environments, or misconfigurations.
How Plutora Environments Helps
Plutora test environment management provides pre-production environment management 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 test environment management 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 test environments by reducing costs and delays.
The Plutora platform provide integrated coordination based on changes to release schedules, integrated deployment plans, and unified reporting and insights into the overall status.
This simplifies the management of requests by providing a single system for all tracking. Standardized configurations can be automated to further minimize time required. Plutora Environments integrates with existing ITSM tools to help track the relationships between releases and environments. It also integrates with build automation tools such as Jenkins.