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Release Management Research Key Findings

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Release Management Research Key Findings

There is a severe lack of automation and “continuous” is not a reality.

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voke Inc. just released a new piece of research, "Market SnapshotTM Report: Release Management." Release management solutions provide an automated release pipeline with lifecycle traceability of all assets associated with the release so that teams know precisely what is being released.

The new independent survey looked at 368 organizations, both technology and non-technology companies, of varying sizes globally including Ansible, Atlassian, Bamboo and Puppet, and explores how release management solutions are used, why the technology is adopted, as well as its general perceptions, challenges, and benefits. voke explored their use of release management solutions and the results they experienced.

The business demand of differentiation through software is necessitating teams to have a solid understanding of the release and with a high level of confidence in its quality. Release management solutions are critical for today’s software teams to meet this business demand.

By providing an automated release pipeline with lifecycle traceability of all assets associated with the release, it is easy to know precisely what is being released. Given the complexity of software and the increased number of deployments required or a regular basis it is an imperative to understand the characteristics of each and every release.

Software teams using release management solutions experience a reduction in failed deployments, fewer production errors, and more pre-production deployments. Organizations of all sizes and types should implement release management solutions to deliver better business outcomes.

The Market Snapshot report provides real-world data to help organizations justify the investment in release management solutions.

Release pipeline with lifecycle traceability of all assets associated with the release, it is easy to know precisely what is being released. Given the complexity of software and the increased number of deployments required on a regular basis it is an imperative to understand the characteristics of each and every release.

Software teams using release management solutions experience a reduction in failed deployments, fewer production errors, and more pre-production deployments. Organizations of all sizes and types should implement release management solutions to deliver better business outcomes.

Organizations of all types and sizes will benefit from the use of release management solutions. voke predicts that as customer fatigue from frequent and poor quality releases sets in, release management solutions will become more pervasive and be a technology that is critical for reliable business outcomes.

The demand or necessity to release more frequently elevates release management tothe status of a critical technology. However, adoption and implementation of release management solutions lag this inherent demand. To keep pace with business demands for differentiating products and offerings, software teams must focus on a high level of automation to alleviate the strain of uncertainty introduced through manual processes and activities that release management solutions replace.

Success with release management solutions will be far more effective once automation levels have increased across the entire software lifecycle. Release management solutions are important so that all teams gain insight into what is being released, where it is being released, and when it is being released.

Release management is a proven technology that provides positive results for teams and organizations that adopt, use, and implement it. If organizations are serious about releasing more frequently with a higher level of quality, a release management solution is a necessary element to accomplish that goal.

Summary

Since release management is not a new concept, the results of this survey are quite surprising. The survey data shows a severe lack of automation and that “continuous” is not a reality.

The survey found that organizations taking advantage of release management solutions experience positive ROI in:

  • Reduced failed deployments

  • Reduced production errors

  • Increased preproduction deployments


With the trend and business desire for more frequent releases, manual practices must become automated. Additionally, to achieve an automated release pipeline with full lifecycle traceability, organizations must also leverage new technology to automate testing.

QA organizations cannot wait for developers to automate and conduct unit or API tests. QA organizations must become champions of automation. Organizations must improve test automation along with release automation in order to ensure success with the desire for increased release frequency.

To reduce risk and enable better business outcomes, organizations must be able to understand the characteristic of each release. This is accomplished through an automated pipeline with full lifecycle traceability of all artifacts associated with the release.

With a focus on automation, teams are able to take advantage of continuous integration and create a truly automated pipeline for release.

Release management is a critical technology for the software lifecycle. Commercial release management solutions are proven, scalable, and mature. Organizations using no release management solution or manual practices should move quickly to evaluate, adopt, and thoroughly implement an automated release management solution.






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