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Serena Release Management approach and solutions

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Докладчик - Kev Holmes. Serena Solution Architect

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  • ‘English’ characters chosen to register as “different” with an international audience – I’m looking for something that would be memorable!
  • Developers used to develop code, pass it to the testing team for testing, who would either reject it back to the developer for alteration and resubmission, or approve it and pass it to Operations for deployment
  • Just a list of items that have had an impact on complexity – it is, in no way, complete.
  • In the “olden days” developers were able to test their changes on their own machines (or on test ‘rigs’ that they would manage)Now, the complexity of applications often requires the testing to be carried out on environments made up of multiple machines running multiple technologies... These are typically too complex or time-consuming for the developer to set them up and maintain them, so the Operations team has to do it.Some of the conversations I have had with development teams recently suggest that it might take the Ops team weeks to prepare test environments...
  • In reality, *every* player needs access to a working environment, either on an individual or shared basis. The overhead on the Operations team is too much to bear! This effort can be massively reduced with modern technology; virtualisation and dynamic provisioning allow the developers and testers to self-service their own environments.The “Good News” about this is that every player is performing a deployment operation to their environment – if a deployment process fails for a developer, they can address the problem before a tester encounters the problem.
  • Continuous Integration is now ‘standard’ in IT organisations – One organisation I have been working with in the last 5 years is now performing more than 80,000 builds a day.Continuous Testing is the logical extension to Continuous Integration; if the build succeeded, then why not automatically test it as well? Continuous Deployment is also a logical progression, but one that carries more caution – as the scheduling of the release may be too important to handle automatically
  • Serena is unique in offering a best-in-class Release Control System and Release Automation System. You can see some of the comments from our customers, noting how Serena’s solution help with quality, speed, and satisfaction.
  • A good release control system is like your air traffic control tower. Imagine an airport without a control tower. The planes might take off and land more quickly for a while if they don’t have to check with anyone, but is that what you want? A release control system provides the control tower for your software release, allowing you to understand what is happening with the release and providing a system of coordination between all the people involved. It provides visibility, but it should also do things like record events for compliance, enable collaboration, flexibility, have multiplatform support, and integrate with existing tools.
  • Adding a release automation system is another way to improve your release process. Release automation allows you to create efficiency and quality in your release process by converting ad hoc scripts and human process into a repeatable and executable procedure.
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    • 1. Deployment Automation: Serena Release Automation Kev Holmes Solutions Architect
    • 2. Who is Kev Holmes? • Englishman, living in England • BSc. Computer Science, University of Warwick, 1982 • 30+ years in professional software companies • Focus on software development tools and processes • When not working is usually found playing the decadent sport known as “Golf” 2
    • 3. Deployment Automation – the players The Business Internal Compliance External Compliance The Developer The Tester Operations 4
    • 4. Releasing software used to be easy... Development Testing Operations 5
    • 5. But things became complex... • Larger teams • Client/Server • Virtualisation • Offshore development • Automated testing suites • The Cloud • Change requests • Workflow Approvals • The “Business” wanting greater visibility of the process • ... 6
    • 6. Increased Complexity – An Example 7
    • 7. In Reality... ! 8
    • 8. To counter the complexity, new initiatives... • Continuous Integration • TeamCity, Hudson/Jenkins • Continuous Testing • Dynamic Provisioning (of virtual environments) • DevOps... • Continuous Deployment 9
    • 9. “Joined-up Thinking” If we can do all of these things individually, why don’t we put them all together? 10
    • 10. Questions When doing a release, there are some important questions that need to be asked... Where? What? How? Why? Who and When? 11
    • 11. Serena Provides Both Release Control and Automation Release Control System Why? When? Who? Release Automation System What? Where? How? Who? When? 12
    • 12. A Good Release Process Needs a Release Control System Visibility & Tracking Central release calendar, process metrics, dashboards Compliance Work management with routing rules, approvals, logs Collaboration and Coordination Shared and centralized work items Flexibility Customize workflow for individual enterprise needs Multiplatform Support Distributed and Mainframe Release Control System Investment Protection Integration with existing tools 13
    • 13. Release Automation is the Foundation for an Efficient and High Quality Path-to-Production Quality, predictability Repeatable, consistent procedures Throughput Maximize content through a release window Productivity and Velocity The system is always ready to work Flexibility Per environment configuration Simplicity Intuitive and visual programming approach Release Automation System Traceability Artifact repository for single source of truth on release assets 14
    • 14. Why use Deployment Automation? • Effectiveness • By automating the process, vital steps don‟t get missed • Repeatable processes • We have done it once, now, let‟s do it again • Visibility • When will that deployment be completed? Which change requests are in a release and which aren‟t? • Auditable processes • Who did what, when and where? 15
    • 15. What should a Deployment Automation system do? • Support intuitive modelling of the structures that need deploying • Be able to model any kind of deployment process • Support multiple processes per deployable entity • Allow easy definition of the target environments • Act as a “System of Record” • Easily interact with external systems and tools • Support reporting for all levels of users 16
    • 16. Intuitive Modelling of Deployment Structures • Almost every system is represented as some form of decomposed hierarchy • Therefore, in Serena Release Automation, the lowest level of deployable entity is a Component • Each Component may have different deployment processes associated with it • Applications are then made up of collections of Components • Deploying an Application invokes the appropriate processes on the Components within it Example: A Client-Server application may have an application server component, a database component and a client component 17
    • 17. Model Any Kind of Deployment Process • Most current deployment operations are defined in a “Run-Book” – a list of instructions that must be followed in sequence – typically manually • Serena Release Automation allows these instructions to be defined as “steps” within a deployment process at both the Component and Application level • Any instruction can be defined in this way 18
    • 18. Support Multiple Processes per Deployable Entity • Applications and Components can be deployed using different processes according to circumstances Example:- A „main‟ release may require more sign-off steps than an “Emergency bugfix” release where speed is the priority • Create a library of deployment processes covering all possible deployment scenarios, including rollback 19
    • 19. Allow Easy Definition of Target Environments At some point content needs to be deployed to a target “Environment”. These Environments may be:• Machines serving a particular purpose (i.e. application server, database server, etc.) • A minimal configuration representing a test environment • Located anywhere in the world • Real or virtual (i.e. a VM or in the Cloud) By supporting the abstraction of such environments, Serena Release Automation allows the user to select where their deployment is intended by function rather than having to remember a list of machine names 20
    • 20. Act as a “System of Record” • Serena Release Automation records every operation it makes • It takes an archival copy of all content that it deploys • Captures all information that needs to by handed from one team to the next in the process • Aggregates all results and logs from the machines within the target environments • Users now only have to look in one place for the details of a release 21
    • 21. Easy Interaction With External Systems and Tools • Serena Release Automation has been designed to work in conjunction with other tools and technologies • A library of plugins is available offering parameterised interaction with commonly used tools • This even applies to home-grown or emerging technologies 22
    • 22. Support Reporting For All Levels of Users • To understand what is occurring with their deployment processes, users have access to the data captured by Serena Release Automation • This can be presented in a wide variety of pre-defined reports, or configured as the user requires • If desired, this information may be packaged for transfer on to other systems Example:- The successful completion of a deployment to a test environment and the results of the automated test that SRA invoked there could be passed to an Change Request Management system for recording against an Engineering Change Order (i.e. a bugfix) 23
    • 23. How SRA Helps in Our Earlier Example ! 24
    • 24. Top-Level View (Assuming a Virtualised or Cloud environment) For each deployment, Serena Release Automation can:• Create an image of each machine from dedicated templates • Deploy each Component using the required process • Run the required operations/tests on the deployed machines • “Tear down” the newly created machine instances on completion Without requiring a member of the Operations team to do anything! 25
    • 25. In summary • Deploying software has become very complex • Typically, deployments require more than one user to action • The number of deployment cycles increases faster than the complexity • Deployment operations utilise multiple processes • Automation provides a means of managing the processes • Serena Release Automation provides a framework capable of supporting deployments of any complexity and any scale 26
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