This week, I was talking to my colleague and friend, Steve Solomon, about Software Configuration Management and its importance to the enterprise and the importance of reducing complexity. Steve reminded me of when Jeffrey Hammond, a lead analyst at Forrester, asked leading companies in 2008 and 2009 how many Software Configuration Management products were in use at their companies. I don’t think anyone in application development would be surprised that the average is 1.8 tools per development shop. Especially if companies (like CA Technologies) have grown through acquisition, then the company is likely to have many more. As Jeffery states in “Software Configuration Management Tool Adoption Trends in the Americas” (Forrester June 2009) “Fifty-three percent of the app dev professionals surveyed work in an organization that uses more than one configuration management tool.”
With developers using different tools and resistant to standardization, then there is a compelling challenge for good Service Management. A process must be created to break down and automate the barriers between production Operations and Application Development. An innovative Release Management solution has been developed by several CA customers using CA Software Change Manager for Federated Application Release Management, while letting application development use the versioning product of their choice. The solution is to take a copy of the application code when it is ready for release and managing the release management process with CA SCM. By using this approach you can standardize and automate secured software builds and have a single integration for automated software deployments. This solution can also be integrated with CA Service Desk for management of the end to end process.
Interested? This innovative approach will be demonstrated in the June 15 Webcast by CA and OpenMake Software. You can sign up for the webcast at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/897841280.