Plutora has enhanced its value stream management (VSM) platform to provide dashboards that enable DevOps teams to better optimize application delivery.
Jeff Keyes, vice president of product marketing and strategy for Plutora, said dashboards added to the platform will make it possible for application release managers to leverage predictive analytics to manage application delivery in a more progressive way rather than always having to react to an unexpected event.
To enable that approach, Plutora has revamped its release insights dashboard that surfaces problem areas and hot spots in addition to adding analytics that track both software builds and larger project initiatives.
That latter capability is especially critical for executives that currently find it challenging to keep track of multiple software development initiatives, especially those that may have fallen behind schedule without senior leaders being aware of the implications, said Keyes.
While VSM platforms are typically used by senior IT and business leaders to keep track of how software deadlines are impacting key performance indicators (KPIs) for the business, Keyes said it’s become apparent that application release managers need access to more advanced analytics to optimize application deployment schedules. The Progressive Release Management capability surfaces insights via dashboards in the Plutora platform; that makes it simpler for application delivery managers to optimally orchestrate allocation of resources.
Release managers, of course, already have access to a wide range of platforms for automating the application delivery process. However, Keyes said, those platforms don’t provide enough insights into how to optimize application delivery across a DevOps workflow made up of disparate tools and platforms. Plutora enables release managers to employ value stream flow metrics and more traditional DevOps metrics to reduce cycle times and improve overall DevOps throughput.
Keyes said once organizations are provided with that insight, they should also be able to reduce the overall fatigue level many DevOps teams currently experience by removing friction within those workflows. In fact, that fatigue level is a major reason why there is so much turnover in many DevOps teams, he noted.
It’s not clear how many organizations have a dedicated application release team, but optimizing the software delivery process is a major challenge for almost every DevOps team. While many organizations routinely make use of continuous integration (CI) tools to build applications faster, continuous delivery of applications has proven to be a more elusive goal. This is largely because each platform on which applications are deployed tends to be unique. As a result, many DevOps teams still rely on spreadsheets to manually manage application deployments.
However, as the pace at which applications are being built continues to accelerate, it’s clear that application delivery is becoming a bottleneck. VSM platforms provide a means of applying analytics to optimize a process that can then be used to make better-informed decisions that might convince more organizations to automate application delivery. That assumes, of course, that the organization had the foresight to invest in a VSM platform capable of surfacing those insights in the first place.