BOSTON – June 14, 2010: XebiaLabs, the deployment automation company for Java applications, is sponsoring and presenting a webcast on How Deployment Automation Speeds Up Your Agile Development with CM Crossroads this Thursday, June 17, at 1pm EST. Andrew Phillips, VP of Product Development at XebiaLabs, and Bob Aiello, Editor-in-Chief of CM Crossroads, will discuss the issues IT organizations face when deploying applications in an Agile environment.
Due to the nature of Agile, development teams are able to deliver working tested software in much shorter iterations. Companies, therefore, experience greater flexibility, better fit to business needs, higher technical quality, and a shorter time to market, so long as they can deploy the applications as quickly as they’re being delivered.
“As more and more development teams continue to embrace Agile practices, operations teams also need to embrace a new form of deployment through automation in order to keep up with the more frequent deliverables and avoid a backlog of software packages,” said Andrew Phillips, VP of Product Development at XebiaLabs. “With deployment automation software, IT organizations are able to bridge the gap between development and operations teams, creating much higher productivity levels and a more seamless time to market.”
Before Agile, releases usually took place every two to three months; whereas, now, it’s not uncommon for them to happen every two to three weeks. This creates a nearly steady stream of software packages that the operations teams have to deploy to the production environments. Having an automated deployment process keeps these frequent releases on schedule and error free.
“This discussion is a hot topic in the industry right now,” said Bob Aiello, Editor-in-Chief of CM Crossroads and author of CM Best Practices, published by Addison-Wesley. “With the level of productivity and quality gains companies are seeing by transitioning to Agile, it’s important they feel confident their operations teams can keep up. This discussion should shed light on issues and questions IT organizations have about deployment automation and how they can continue to safely and reliably deploy their software components in an Agile environment.”