Plutora announced today it has extended the capabilities of its value stream management (VSM) platform to include a common object data model that more efficiently normalizes data collected from multiple DevOps tools and platforms.
Jeff Keyes, vice president of product marketing and strategy for Plutora, said the goal is to expand the level of scale and depth at which the Plutora analytics engine embedded within the Plutora Platform can analyze flow metrics.
VSM has emerged as a distinct DevOps discipline that provides a framework for enabling organizations to optimize workflow across DevOps environments in a way that allows them to accelerate application development. The core concept traces its lineage to lean manufacturing methods that continuously measure each step of a process to improve production.
As organizations develop a deeper appreciation for their dependency on software, the level of interest in understanding how software is constructed has increased. Organizations, for example, want to better understand the impact of missed software development deadlines on revenue, which a business might not be able to generate as quickly as anticipated.
Plutora is making a case for a dedicated analytics platform that pulls data from multiple platforms. Alternatively, more value stream analytics capabilities are now being embedded in everything from project management software to continuous integration. Plutora contends, however, that navigating multiple value stream dashboards surfaced by different tools that make up a DevOps workflow is not as simple or effective as relying on a single platform that collects data from every tool employed.
Metrics that track lead and cycle times for projects as well as overall throughput become much easier to surface and comprehend, noted Keyes.
One way or another, more transparency is coming to DevOps workflows. Historically, collecting this data has been challenging because it required DevOps teams to manually collect data from each tool being used. In effect, DevOps teams were wasting time copying and pasting data from one tool into an analytics application.
As it becomes simpler to aggregate all that data, the data model provided by Plutora makes it simpler for multiple analytics tools to analyze the same data. A business user, for example, may prefer to analyze data using the Tableau analytics platform that is now owned by Salesforce.
In general, analytics is being applied more widely across software development processes because organizations need to increase productivity while simultaneously reducing costs. It will be up to each organization to decide to what degree they may want to use that data to better train DevOps teams versus simply using it to remind those teams to stay focused on a specific set of key performance indicators (KPIs).
In the meantime, the number of requests for reports being made to DevOps teams should decline as the process of collecting metrics becomes more automated. The challenge now will be making sure everyone reading those reports has the same firm understanding of what’s actually possible to achieve using not only the resources at hand, but also how any additional DevOps expertise might positively impact that equation.