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For Deployments, Moving Files is the Easy Part

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Deploying software can be a complex endeavor. We often think of it as “getting the software to the right boxes.” But grabbing the bits and moving them out to the right place on the target servers is one of the easier and least error-prone parts.

When I asked the Automating Deployment and Release Linked-in Group to weigh the relative importance of this part, they generally rated it as being less than 20% of the overall effort. That’s in line with what I’ve heard in my conversations with experts across the industry.

The more challenging and time consuming parts of the release seem to be:

  • Collecting the set of stuff that is going out the door as a release set.
  • Coordinating with other groups and communicating with stake-holders
  • Applying per-environment and per-server configuration
  • Keeping track of what was deployed to each target
Even when I demo deployment automation tools, there’s an emphasis on getting the bits to the right places. While a critical piece, keep in mind that it’s just a small part of the overall release puzzle when you are working on making your release process more effective.

For more on deployment automation, you should check out our white-paper Deployment Automation Basics.


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