Deploying software in today’s enterprise environments is an extremely expensive and inefficient process. The cost in terms of resources, time and revenue lost is actually astounding. I was on the phone with a large insurance company recently that was struggling with high costs and time to market issues with their main retail application. Their DBAs were spending over 50% of their time manually deploying 3 releases a day.
Do you have high cost, highly skilled team members deploying software? It shouldn’t be that hard.
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Like most jobs in life, preparation is the key to success. After getting to know the Serena Deployment Automation technology by working with the free version (download from the Serena website) for a few hours (see yesterday’s post) I decided it was time to try for real.
My application was a Library Management System I developed a while ago
“Drinking our own champagne” is how we approach technology here at Serena. If we have a our own tool that supports part of the application development lifecycle we use it for our own development efforts. In fact the Serena development teams deploy the beta versions of our solutions straight into their production environments because they want exploit the cool-new-stuff just as much as you do!
When I sat down today to start writing about automated deployment in modern enterprises I thought I’d follow the Serena mantra and “drink our own champagne” too. So I
Errors do occur. They occur for a reason. Often those reasons are out of our control. Someone changes an IP Address of a server. Someone changes the password to the back office system. Someone changes the name of a shared .DLL.
Of course in a well-managed and carefully controlled environment those kinds of things shouldn’t happen without the proper authentication, notification and approval. And the infamous “someone” is a responsible professional who calculates the impact of their changes and collaborates with everyone to minimize that impact. In a perfect world.
In the real world change is constant and calculating the consequences of change
As the DevOps movement approaches its 5 year anniversary, the question remains: is the movement ready to cross the chasm into mainstream IT?
Stories of unicorns abound, and if we believe the vendors and early adopter case studies for the enterprise, we would be feeling that we are on the other side of the chasm, ready to get inside the tornado, change the culture and
Helicopters have been described as “10,000 parts flying together in close formation. It is the mechanic’s job to keep that formation as tight as possible.”
Modern software applications comprise of millions of parts when you consider the huge chunks of code we bind into our applications from the database, security, web server, communications, encryption and authentication vendors. Add to that the seemingly infinite numbers of dependencies on external web services and internal CRM and financial systems.There are 100 million lines of code in the Ford Taurus
But, just like the helicopter’s mechanic, the
“I don’t want to know why it happened: I just want you to fix it!” was what I was told early one morning by the Director of Sales. And she was right: getting the online store back online was the most important thing for the business. Blamestorming would come later.
There is a temptation at 3:00 am to just do whatever it takes to bring the system back on the air even if that means bypassing protocols and procedures designed to protect system integrity. Sales-and-Marketing and Audit-and-Compliance might not see eye-to-eye on this approach.
So why do emergency fixes have to be different? This myth is all about time. The time it takes to write the script.
I’m excited to announce that we’ve made Serena Deployment Automation free for everyone…and free forever. The Community Edition provides full product functionality with deployment to 5 virtual or physical servers. You can add more end points for the new low price of just $1,499.
You can learn more about Serena Deployment Automation and download the Community Edition for free at www.serena.com/freedeploy.
So, let’s get to the why, what and how of it all…