Archive for the ‘Release Automation’ Category

5 deployment traps we can’t seem to avoid

In this 7-part series we’ll look at some common misconceptions about the process of deploying software in today’s unforgiving world. Over the next few posts we tackle these myths head on and show how there is a better way.

Releasing software into the wild is exciting and terrifying. When it goes well: we party. When it doesn’t: we spend the weekend without sleep, showers, food or sleep. Wait! Did I mention no sleep already?

Too often the reason our deployments fail is because we fall into the same traps



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Well its here! The registration for xChange15 in Washington DC is opened today. Visit www.serena.com/xchange for details.

If you are an alumni of xChange you will have been sent a discount code giving a very special prices as a thank you for being a returning attendee.

If you are new to xChange we have a special promotional code for you that will save you $300 off the full price and this is good



We are excited to announce that Serena’s xChange15 will be from Sunday March 22nd until Wednesday March 25th 2015. We are bringing xChange back to the east coast and will be in the wonderful Washington D.C. area in time for the First Day of Spring and the world-famous Cherry Blossom Festival. So mark your calendars today! We’ve selected the prestigious Ritz-Carlton at Tyson’s Corner for the event and



Next month I will be presenting at the SHARE conference in Pittsburgh. The bi-annual event is the place to be to learn about the trends and tricks for developing modern applications on the mainframe.

No one knows better than the army of Change and Release Managers that guard the mainframe environment, just how risky it is to change anything on the mainframe. And no one knows better than they just how business threatening it is not to keep pace with the market and customer needs. Balancing these two forces has been at the heart of the mainframe



I’m always interested in what motivates people. What makes them change, improve, and innovate? I had an opportunity to attend both the Jenkins User Conference in Boston and the CloudBees Continuous Delivery Summit in New York City, both of which were sponsored by Serena and both of which were filled to capacity. There were a lot of motivated attendees, and I had an opportunity to speak with many of them.

All of them were



Many organizations are experimenting with different DevOps automation tools, and we want to make that easier with our new 30-day free trial of our deployment automation product, Serena Release Automation. We’ve always had the free trial, but now we’ve made it a lot easier for you to get. Simply click through to www.serena.com/freedeploy, fill out a few fields and we’ll have an email with download links in your inbox in minutes.



Delivering business value means delivering the finished product. Done means released into production, and Continuous Delivery is all boosting your ability to deliver faster into production.

In order for you to deliver, you need to deploy fast and deploy easy. Fast deployments ensure fast feedback, enabling you to fix, enhance or change the product as fast as the market requires and faster than your competitors. This is market pull rather than company





I’m not a golfer but every golfer has their favorite, most dependable iron. In Enterprise IT, its the mainframe. The mainframe has lasted over 50 years because of its resilience, dependability and because it just runs! The problem is that if you mention the word “Mainframe” to most IT professionals today their eyes glaze over and they get totally confused when terms like CICS, IMS or ISPF are mentioned. Deploying composite apps that have mainframe artifacts is currently an art reserved for the highly skilled. Serena Software recently held its quarterly



Whenever the words “Continuous Delivery” and “Enterprise IT” are used in the same sentence it rapidly turns into a page or at least a paragraph.  That is because “Enterprise IT” generally means a big, diverse set of heterogeneous infrastructures glued together across many teams and locations that use many different tools and processes to develop and deploy software. Each enterprise has its own unique DNA that has organically evolved through generations of applications and technologies with its own historic set of artifacts and