Application development teams are confronted with a growing demand from the business for changes to existing applications and the development of new applications. These changes represent business service enhancements and features that drive new revenue.
Adopting agile methodologies and continuous integration is the first logical step teams implement to satisfy business demands but that typically just pushes the bottleneck further along the path to production. Software is not getting deployed into test environments nor released into production environments any quicker.
Release management is a process that guides IT efforts from application development through testing and into production, helping to focus resources on timely delivery of a feature or set of features that the business needs. A well-designed and comprehensive release management process enables organizations to:
Enabling your development and operations teams to work in concert through integrated processes better equips them to rapidly roll out application features to support the business without jeopardizing the stability of the operational environment.
Serena’s solutions for Release Management and IT Operations help organizations streamline the entire process for capturing, routing, and fulfilling requests for application changes and IT services, and it strengthens the DevOps bridge. Included are integrated solutions for IT Service Management, Serena Service Manager, and Application Release Management, Serena Release Manager.
Effective application release management delivers many benefits to application development teams and the business. Serena release management solutions ensure faster release into production, end-to-end release visibility, a visual release calendar for all upcoming release trains, and improved collaboration with IT Operations.
Effective application release management begins with planning. With Serena Release Manager, you can plan control, and automate your release processes for both mainframe and distributed systems from definition to deployment with a visual release calendar and automated approval process.
Serena Release Manager’s integration with Serena Deployment Automation facilitates multi-tier application deployments across data centers. You can now centrally manage application releases in minutes, instead of days or hours. You can also dramatically improve the reliability, quality, and speed of application releases, maintenance, and management.
Serena Release Manager serves to prevent unauthorized changes, maintains the integrity of deployment areas, provides role-based promotion, deployment and rollback and ensures complete traceability and transparency.