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Release Management

Debian 1999–2004

In late 2000, the project made major changes to archive and release management, reorganizing software archive processes with new “package pools” and creating a testing distribution as an ongoing, relatively stable staging area for the next release. In the same year, developers began holding an annual conference called DebConf with talks and workshops for developers and technical users.

BMC Software 2000s

In the May SEC report, it said “The BladeLogic acquisition expands our offerings for server provisioning, application release management, as well as configuration automation and compliance.”

Data center Requirements for modern data centers

Automating: Data center automation involves automating tasks such as provisioning, configuration, patching, release management and compliance. As enterprises suffer from few skilled IT workers, automating tasks make data centers run more efficiently.

Software quality assurance

SQA encompasses the entire software development process, which includes processes such as requirements definition, software design, coding, source code control, code reviews, change management, configuration management, testing, release management, and product integration.

Information Technology Infrastructure Library – Release and deployment management

Release management utilizes Definitive Media Library for storage of software.

Information Technology Infrastructure Library – Release and deployment management

The goals of release management include:

Information Technology Infrastructure Library – Release and deployment management

Release management focuses on the protection of the live environment and its services through the use of formal procedures and checks.

Information Technology Infrastructure Library – Service support

Incidents can initiate a chain of processes: incident management, problem management, change management, release management and configuration management.

Information Technology Infrastructure Library – ICT deployment management

ICT deployment provides a framework for the successful management of design, build, test and roll-out (deploy) projects within an overall ICT programme. It includes many project management disciplines in common with PRINCE2, but has a broader focus to include the necessary integration of release management and both functional and non functional testing.

Software project management – Software development process

Release management is the process of identifying, documenting, prioritizing and agreeing on releases of software and then controlling the release schedule and communicating to relevant stakeholders.

Software project management – Software development process

A subset of release management that is gaining more and more attention is Data Management, as obviously the users can only test based on data that they know, and “real” data is only in the software environment called “production”.

Continuous integration – Software

AutomatedQA Automated Build Studio: proprietary automated build, continuous integration and release management system

Continuous integration – Software

Electric Cloud ElectricCommander: proprietary continuous integration and release management product.

Continuous integration – Software

Thoughtworks Go: proprietary agile build and release management software.

Multitenancy – Release management

Multitenancy simplifies the release management process. In a traditional release management process, packages containing code and database changes are distributed to client desktop and/or server machines. These packages then have to be installed on each individual machine. With the multitenant model, the package typically only needs to be installed on a single server. This greatly simplifies the release management process.

Pulse (ALM)

Pulse is built on top of the Eclipse Equinox (OSGi)/p2 platform, and integrates both proprietary and open source software for software delivery, release management and collaboration environment.

Release management

Release management is the process of managing software releases from development stage to software release

Release management – Impact of agile software development on release management

Operations teams have used methodologies—such as Information Technology Infrastructure Library ITIL v3 Book: Service Transition (which contains a section on release management) to improve their release management capabilities as they relate to both business applications and internal IT services

Release management – Release management software

For organizations to effectively operate a release management function they need to ensure they have processes and supporting tools. Release management software allows release teams to plan, manage and control the release schedule and track the status of each release to ensure production worthiness.

Release management – Release management software

Release Management software also provides the added benefit of applying central governance and auditing over releases before decision-makers approve releases to production.000

Team Foundation Server

Team Foundation Server (commonly abbreviated to TFS) is a Microsoft product which provides for source code management (either via Team Foundation Version Control or Git), reporting, requirements management, project management (for both agile software development and waterfall teams), automated builds, lab management, testing and release management capabilities

Team Foundation Server – On Premises / Team Foundation Server

Other capabilities such as Lab Management and Release Management can be added to either type of installation.

Team Foundation Server – Server Architecture

Build servers, lab management servers, release management servers and proxy servers (to reduce some of the load on the application tier), test machines and load test machines can also be added to the infrastructure

Team Foundation Server – Release Management

The Release Management capabilities give teams the ability to perform a controlled, workflow (provided by Windows Workflow) driven release to Dev, Test and Production environments and provides dashboards for monitoring the progress of one or more releases.

Endevor

Endevor is a source code management and release management tool for mainframe computers running z/OS . It is part of a family of administration tools by CA Technologies (formerly Computer Associates), which is used to maintain software applications and track their versions.

Endevor – Release Management

Endevor supports release management, as defined by ITIL in the form of package control. Two options are available for package security – native Endevor security or Endevor External Security Interface (ESI).

Endevor – Package Control

Endevor supports release management in the form of package control. A package is a container for Endevor SCL and associated control information for code release. At a minimum a package has a name, an execution window defined the time range for when the package can be executed, notes about the package, various flags and at least one value SCL statement.

Endevor – Competing Products

The same functionality for source control and release management functions are provided by several other products.

Datacenter – Requirements for modern data centers

*Automating: Data center automation involves automating tasks such as provisioning, configuration, Patch (computing)|patching, release management and compliance. As enterprises suffer from few skilled IT workers, automating tasks make data centers run more efficiently.

ITIL – Release and deployment management

Release management utilizes Definitive Media Library for storage of software.

ITIL – Service support

Incidents can initiate a chain of processes: incident management, problem management, change management, release management and configuration management

ITIL – ICT deployment management

ICT deployment provides a framework for the successful management of design, build, test and roll-out (deploy) projects within an overall ICT program management|programme. It includes many project management disciplines in common with PRINCE2, but has a broader focus to include the necessary integration of release management and both functional and non functional testing.

DevOps

DevOps aids in release management for a company by standardizing development environments

Problem management – Scope

Problem Management includes the activities required to diagnose the root cause of incidents identified through the Incident Management process, and to determine the resolution to those problems. It is also responsible for ensuring that the resolution is implemented through the appropriate control procedures, especially Change Management and Release Management.

Granular configuration automation – Driving factors

The need to ensure high availability and consistent delivery of business services have led many companies to develop automated configuration, change and release management processes.[ pridham.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/mvalent_survey_results_2007.pdf Challenges and Priorities for Fortune 1000 Companies]

Service desk – Other activities

#Information Technology Infrastructure Library#Release Management|Release management

Definitive Media Library – Background

Typically, in a mature organisation, stringent Change and Release Management processes will exist to prevent this occurring, but such processes require a place where the authorised software versions can be safely stored and accessed

Xfwm – Modern Xfce

The 4.8 development cycle was the first to use the new release strategy formed after the Xfce Release and Development Model developed at the Ubuntu (Operating System)|Ubuntu Desktop Summit in May 2009. A new web application was employed to make release management easier, and a dedicated Transifex server was set up for Xfce translators. The project’s server and mirroring infrastructure was also upgraded, partly to cope with anticipated demand following the release announcement for 4.8.

Thoughtworks – Proprietary software

Despite the name, this is not a derivative of the open source CruiseControl, but instead a new product written from scratch, which was released under a proprietary license.[http://studios.thoughtworks.com/cruise Cruise – Continuous Integration and Release Management System – From the Creators of CruiseControl] On July 10, 2010, ThoughtWorks Studios released a new continuous delivery platform called Go.[http://www.thoughtworks.com/products/go-continuous-delivery/ Go for Continuous Delivery] Go includes the functionality of Cruise, which is no longer sold.www.sdtimes.com/link/34497 ThoughtWorks Studios unveils new release management platform, SD Times, 2010-7-10

Chief product officer – Role

A CPO is responsible for all product-related matters. Usually includes product conception and development, production in general, innovation, project management and product management. In many IT/telecommunications companies, this position includes release management and production. In small and mid-sized companies the CPO typically also play the role of the COO.

Source code repository

A ‘source code repository’ is a file archive and web hosting facility where large amounts of source code are kept, either publicly or privately. They are often used by open-source projects and other multi-developer projects to handle various versions. They help developers submit patches of code in an organized fashion. Often these web sites support version control, bug tracking, release management, mailing lists, and wiki-based documentation.

Microsoft Installer – Products

A product is identified by a unique GUID (the ProductCode property) providing an authoritative identity throughout the world. The GUID, in combination with the version number (ProductVersion property), allows for release management of the software’s files and registry keys.

Microsoft Installer – Products

a package includes the package logic and other meta data that relates to how the package executes when running. For example, changing an EXE file in the software application may require the ProductCode and/or ProductVersion to be changed for release management of the software application. Only adding a launch condition (with the software application remaining exactly the same as the previous version) would still require the PackageCode to change for release management of the .MSI file itself.

Corporate title – C-level titles

* Chief Product Officer or CPO – responsible for all product-related matters. Usually includes product conception and development, production in general, innovation, project and product management. In many IT/telecommunications companies, this position is organically higher than the chief technical officer and includes release management and production. In small and mid-sized companies it can also play the role of the COO.

AutomatedQA – AutomatedQA products

‘Automated Build Studio’: Automated Build Studio, or ABS, is an automated build and Release Management|release management system that offers Drag-and-drop|drag and drop macro creation, automated nightly builds and continuous integration.

Automated Build Studio

‘Automated Build Studio’ developed by SmartBear is a Build management|build and Release Management|release management system that provides automation of the software development Build automation|build, test and release processes

Software quality assurance

SQA encompasses the entire software development process, which includes processes such as requirements definition, software design, Computer programming|coding, Revision control|source code control, code reviews, change management, configuration management, Software testing|testing, Release Management|release management, and product integration

Application lifecycle management

‘Application lifecycle management’ (‘ALM’) is the product lifecycle management (governance, Software development process|development, and Software maintenance|maintenance) of application software. It encompasses requirements management, software architecture, computer programming, software testing, software maintenance, Change management (engineering)|change management, project management, and release management.

Configuration Management (ITSM) – Activities

# ‘Verification’: The reviews and audits that verify the physical existence of CIs, and checks that they are correctly recorded in the CMDB and parts list. It includes the process of verifying Release Management (ITSM) and CM documentation before changes are made to the live environment.

Skills Framework for the Information Age – Service Management

: Configuration management, Change management and Release management

Open-source software development – Bug trackers and task lists

* SharpForge includes forums, work item tracking, release management, wiki and version control management.

Corporate executive – C-level titles

* Chief Product Officer or CPO ndash; responsible for all product-related matters. Usually includes product conception and development, production in general, innovation, project and product management. In many IT/telecommunications companies, this position is organically higher than the chief technical officer and includes release management and production. In small and mid-sized companies it can also play the role of the COO.

Application Lifecycle Management

It encompasses requirements management, software architecture, computer programming, software testing, software maintenance, Change management (engineering)|change management, continuous integration, project management, and release management.

Electronic monitoring

Typical European usage of electronic tagging includes pre-trial and pre-release management of the person monitored

Issue (computers) – Software development process

* Release management is the process of identifying, documenting, prioritizing and agreeing on releases of software and then controlling the release schedule and communicating to relevant stakeholders

Issue (computers) – Software development process

** A subset of release management that is gaining more and more attention is Data Management, as obviously the users can only test based on data that they know, and real data is only in the software environment called production

Metalink – Metalink generation

* [http://origo.ethz.ch/ Origo] is a new and easy to use software development and hosting platform for open and closed source projects. Among many features, it has easy release management and mirroring with automatic metalink generation.

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