Is Your DevOps Release Cycle Process Costing You a Fortune?
You can save a lot in your budget by making sure you aren't falling into traps that spike your DevOps release cycle costs.
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The release cycle for applications has changed tremendously in recent years. Not only has the time between releases vastly accelerated, the volume of work involved in testing applications prior to release has also expanded. As the scale and scope of application releases have grown and widened, so the management of the testing process has become far more complex.
Unfortunately, application release delays caused by the poor management of complex enterprise test environments can cost organizations billions of dollars, which these days just cannot happen.
But, utilizing the right testing system can enable businesses to manage multiple test environments in order to eliminate conflict and configuration challenges, while enhancing visibility, traceability, and control. The result? Extra budget that can be allocated elsewhere.
Falling Into the Poor Management Trap
Organizations may have started with a simple release cycle with a small number of developers and QA testers, but projects can quickly escalate, requiring more developers, more teams and more time. With multiple teams across multiple departments, coordination and collaboration become difficult and time-consuming. Timelines increase and so do the risks of delay, which can be very costly.
Many organizations do not have the processes in place to achieve successful delivery of components or services. The release management process is inadequate to the task, resulting in bugs and live crashes.
What Can You Do About It?
To manage multiple test environments and eliminate conflict and configuration challenges, it’s important to deploy the right testing system. A management system that provides a consolidated view of the availability, usage, and configuration of enterprise-scale application testing will guarantee minimizing the cost of testing delays and delivering DevOps efficiencies.
One way for organizations to address the challenge is with Test Environment Management (TEM), which delivers a number of benefits:
Appropriately configured testing environments can be provided when needed;
Development teams can deliver higher quality production software without extending the software development cycle;
Organizations can save time and money because they don’t have to devote so much time and resources addressing bugs and vulnerabilities post-release.
TEM improves production applications and allows development teams to extend their testing cycle and spend more time working on new products by reducing the number of defects.
But as it covers a wide range of components and architectures, it can be difficult for TEM to provide a full view of availability, usage, and configuration detail in the environment. For enterprises with thousands of test environments, this can cause conflicts and faulty configurations, resulting in hefty financial losses.
Where Do You Go Next?
The requirement to support agile, continuous delivery and multi-speed development is growing, but proving difficult for TEM. Organizations are also under pressure to keep pace with the massive acceleration in the pace of software delivery and increase test efficiency on a flat budget.
Managing test environments presents a number of challenges that can become a significant obstacle to achieving efficiencies in enterprises. A delay to a single pipeline can disrupt the flow of the entire release.
Managing release pipelines is more important than ever, but with IT delivery teams releasing to production at different rates the challenge is to minimize the risk of application downtime and reinforce production stability. By enabling the efficient deployment of code between development and production, release management can help eradicate many of those difficulties and eliminate problems that can occur further down the track.
The Case for Continuous Delivery Management
With the growing complexity of IT projects and the high cost of failure, the pressure is on organizations to find ways to make the release and test management process more efficient, reliable and faster. The manual and time-consuming processes used in the past to drive the overall delivery no longer fit the bill.
There is a clear argument in favor of automation replacing the huge manual coordination efforts required in enterprise release delivery. This would enable enterprise IT teams to assume the role of cross-functional product teams, enabling continuous delivery with governance and control from the business.
Continuous delivery management uses a big data approach to glue together information from various DevOps tools and allow IT delivery resources to gain real-time visibility into their release pipelines. With continuous delivery management, organizations can manage the application delivery process from start to finish across their entire portfolio. They can manage pre-production environments, software testing and software delivery across the lifecycle of each release – and the entire portfolio.
Additionally, continuous delivery management allows a business to use reporting and analytics to make better decisions and allocate resources appropriately to projects. IT management has the tools to govern projects efficiently and effectively, while individual engineering and operations teams can continue to use their existing tools, but with live reports and control from the business. Improved collaboration between all parties in the release process enables faster and more frequent releases – with real-time analytics on quality before they are moved into production.
The case for continuous delivery management is likely to become indisputable over time. With the growing complexity of the release process allied to the demand for faster delivery and the need for agility, these add even more pressure to the release and test management process. The good news? It’s here already and it can deliver.
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