Archive for the ‘Release Management’ Category

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



I had the pleasure of joining Bola Rotibi, Research Director at Creative Intellect Consulting, during Serena’s DevOps Drive-In Webcast, hosted earlier today.  (I forgot to order my popcorn when registering!)  My key takeaways from the session come from Bola’s slide titled, “Ten points for gearing towards Continuous Delivery:”

  1. Assessment: knowing where you are and want to go is always a good



First, a confession: I am an Olympics junkie.  While running on my treadmill early this morning, I found myself watching the Sweden-Switzerland hockey game.  During the break between periods 1 and 2, the broadcast team turned their attention to the growing story of how the US speed skaters have not won a medal, when they were expected to do so many times.  The reason, currently in circulation, is the new suits they are wearing. These suits — designed by a well-known sports apparel company, in partnership with a well-known aerospace giant – were



It’s been years since agile methodologies went mainstream.  Recently, with DevOps and Continuous Delivery/Deployment, we are now able to work in an agile way from Dev right through to Ops, instead of just Dev and Test working in an agile manner. I am constantly surprised when I hear of organizations not using their new found agility to reduce batch sizes and deliver smaller amounts of quality functionality more frequently.  Also, I often hear about companies who keep their release cycles long and try to put more into a release.  I’m sure we have all



So you think you have an excuse not to practice continuous delivery…

In the January 2014 DevOps Drive-In webcast, Gene Kim and I discussed DevOps frequently asked questions.  I think that we provided a compelling case for adopting a DevOps mindset in your



Last week Microsoft introduced their new CEO, Satya Nadell.  I always like to read the “memo to the employees” from a new CEO.  It’s interesting to hear what inspires and motivates new CEOs and how they frame the mission and vision. Mr. Nadell states: “This is a software powered world” and “that software enables businesses to engage customers in more meaningful ways.”  In order to achieve



If 2013 was the year to get down to business, 2014 is the year to wake up and deliver. However, it’s not so much that app dev priorities or resolutions have changed; it’s their importance and focus on execution and delivery that is more critical than ever. No surprise that this fact continues to hold true: delivering applications faster to the business is still the #1 application development priority for 2014.

At the Gartner AADI Summit in



Serena Software released Serena Release Manager v5 back in December and I blogged a brief overview of the features and functions of the release and how it can help organizations start to transform their culture and begin to support the main principles of DevOps. The results ultimately need to transform into improving operational efficiencies and being more responsive to the business. We have seen customers improve



ZMF Eclipse In our recent Mainframe Virtual User Group (VUG) meeting, guest speaker, Westaedt CEO and Chief Architect Benny Westaedt discussed “How ChangeMan ZMF’s ERO option saves you resources and money.”  Benny stepped our audience through the Enterprise Release Option (ERO) of ChangeMan ZMF and made a very compelling case for how ERO does save time and resources in a manner that was accessible to



Recently, I was talking to a financial services company during one of Serena’s DevOps Drive-In webcasts.  It was a wonderful story of the evolution of a release process over time and the benefits that were realized.

The company went from having multiple teams that did release management in a slightly different way and communicating via email, to communicating