What CIOs need to know about building deployment quality

Application Release Automation, or ARA, is the process of packaging and deploying applications (or updates to applications) in an automated, repeatable and consistent way. In today’s market landscape software has become a major differentiator for many businesses, across all industries and verticals. In a world of apps, Internet of Things and customers’ expectations to be always connected, – just about every company is now becoming a software company. Software development is now critical to the success of your product, and its delivery process needs to be fine-tuned and streamlined to ensure that you get quality software in the hands of your end users as quickly as possible. To understand how ARA can help you achieve higher quality software releases (which contribute to your bottom line), you must first understand the challenges you might face if your business is still using manual deployments, or other archaic methods. If that’s your case, ...

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Five Key Components of Application Release Automation (ARA)

What are the fundamental building blocks of successful ARA? Application Release Automation, or ARA, is the consistent, repeatable and auditable process of packaging and deploying an application or update of an application from development, across various environments, and ultimately to production. Successful ARA eliminates the need to build and maintain custom scripts for application deployments, while simultaneously reducing configuration errors and downtime.  By providing a model-based approach to performing critical automation tasks, it effectively increases the speed to market associated with agile development and gives stakeholders the ability to coordinate and automate releases between multiple groups and people. In this article, we’re going to take a look at the five fundamental aspects that make up application release automation and talk about how each one serves a critical role in ARA’s success. Packaging The first tenet of ARA is packaging. Packaging is just what it sounds like – taking a bunch ...

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