Archive for the ‘Application Delivery’ Category

I always love the start of a new year.  There’s so much promise and excitement to look forward to.  I, for one, am very interested in how the application development landscape will change with Agile and DevOps being such big influencers.  One thing hasn’t changed though – the #1 application development priority for 2012 is still delivering applications faster to the business.

At the Gartner AADI Summit in December 2011, we surveyed IT executives about their top application development and delivery priorities for the coming year and discovered some notable results.  68% of respondents confirmed that faster



How do you best implement Agile lifecycle practices to ensure end-to-end agility for IT application and service delivery?  

Creative Intellect Consulting (CIC), a prominent UK analyst firm, has written a “creative short” – a short paper filled with expert insights – on what leading IT organizations are doing to be truly agile across the entire enterprise. Learn how you can successfully extend agile from a core development focus to a standard that stakeholders across the entire application delivery lifecycle can embrace.  

Read the “12 Strategies for Delivering End-to-End



It’s been one month since Serena launched Dimensions CM 12.2, and for IT organizations struggling to balance faster delivery with greater control, CM 12.2 has been an early holiday gift! As I’ve been meeting with customers these last few weeks, I’ve been hearing some very positive feedback from those trying out the latest release. 

  • “The combination of better traceability reports offered by Dimensions CM and new reversible headers features will make the adoption of the CM platform from PVCS much easier.”
  • “The performance numbers from Dimensions CM 12.2 look very promising.  Anything that is done to reduce the amount of time required to deliver changes



I recently sat down with Enterprise Systems and discussed the great debate:  Can developers and admins co-exist and improve the enterprise?  Can the gulf between development and operations be bridged?

The questions came from all angles, probably ones that you’ve even asked like:

  • What exactly does it mean for DevOps convergence to take place?
  • Cloud and virtualization have muddied the DevOps waters even more. Can you explain where these two environments fit in?
  • Where does automation technology fit into DevOps?
  • Does adoption of ITIL v3 within the enterprise impact DevOps and co-existence?

The answer to the overall question of bridging the gap is yes. 



A couple of weeks ago at the ALM Expo I presented on “Orchestrating Agility: 4 Steps to a Truly Agile Enterprise” and caught up on the latest trends and perspectives on Application Lifecycle Management.  It’s evident that IT application development and delivery is evolving rapidly and we want to take a pulse on the current state by conducting an ALM benchmark survey

Please take just a few minutes to answer 20 questions on application delivery. If you’re the 100th valid response, you’ll win an iPad!*  After the survey results are compiled, you’ll get a complimentary copy of the research report



Join your peers this Thursday, November 17 as Forrester Research Senior Analyst Glenn O’Donnell discusses how getting DevOps right will address many of the issues enterprises consistently have with IT, such as applications failing to meet both functional and nonfunctional requirements, delivery delays, increased costs, and an inflexibility to change.



Serena customer QBE FIRST is part of one of the 25 largest insurance companies in the world.  Their IT organization has been focusing on process and metrics to get the insight and visibility they need to efficiently run a distributed development organization.

Join in on a special customer webcast on Thursday, November 3 as QBE FIRST discusses the 5 key development metrics they use to effectively manage a complex distributed team of developers, QA professionals, business analysts and operations personnel. QBE FIRST will go through:

  • Challenges the company faces as part of a regulated industry
  • Key development processes and metrics, and
  • Best practices for their distributed



roadblockMany IT executives that I’ve spoken to have found great success with their agile development teams. Greater efficiency. Happier users. Faster cycle times. However, when they look beyond their agile teams, key roadblocks keep popping up. Bottlenecks



I’m proud to announce that Serena’s Release Control product, a key component of the Serena Release Manager solution, has been recognized as a finalist for the 2011 Jolt Product Excellence Awards. For over 20 years, Dr. Dobbs magazine has recognized the tools and technologies that make software development a more efficient, rich and cost- saving endeavor. Serena Release Control is a finalist in the Design, Architecture and Planning



Release Management bottleneckAs Agile development becomes more the norm, release management has become more of a major