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What is Release Automation?

Application release automation (ARA) is the process of packaging and deploying an application or software update. ARA goes from development through production. The process, and the tooling that makes it happen, brings together solutions that automate deployment, manage and model environments and coordinate releases. ARA solutions sometimes form part of the broader DevOps process.

When IT Central Station members write about their preferences for Application Release Automation software, the word “complete” comes up a lot. The more extensive the reach of the release automation solution, the more productive it will make the team that uses it. For instance, some members expect an ARA solution to touch all aspects of infrastructure/platform/code deployments and un-deployments, rather than just software alone. They want ARA tools that are easy to integrate with their existing system management and development solutions. Additionally, ARA should support advanced capabilities like continuous delivery.

Release automation users need to be able to create flows and control statements. The system should be able to detect errors and report on them automatically. This is a big time saver. IT Central Station members recommend application automation software that enables visual design, logic design and process design. Anything to make the Release Operations Center (ROC) run more efficiently is highly prized. Along these lines, users want solutions that can deploy without needing to know what is happening in the background.

Members suggest release automation tools that provide an agile solution based on DevOps concepts. The like tools that give users the ability to share components across an enterprise. Flexible deployment options are a great option. They allow teams to model their components as they want and need


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CA Technologies
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
System Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

Some of the most valuable features of CA Release Automation are definitely the shared components, as well as the tokens. Shared components within this application are repeatable processes that you can assign throughout multiple applications,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

In our pipeline, right now, it's used as the release. We use Jenkins to build our applications and then it sends over to Release Automation. It's basically changed the way that we're doing our deployments. We now have, instead of three-hour... more»

What needs improvement?

Some features that it's currently missing are the components that CA has put into their Continuous Delivery Edition product. That product should probably be combined with this product, instead of being a separate product. I would say that... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 31 2017

What is most valuable?

Scalability and auditability. The capability to provide visibility to the stakeholders, to management, is the biggest piece that showcases what the solution is about. Our whole approach of release automation is geared around it.

How has it helped my organization?

I would say our headwind, or our time to market, is reduced considerably. We get more consistent results out of it, because you write one time and once it's automated you expect it to behave the same way every time. And it cut down a lot of... more»

What needs improvement?

One of the biggest features I've been asked by my team to put in there is opening more scripting languages to be part of the platform. There is a little bit of a learning curve in learning how to code some of the workflows in Automic at this... more»
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Real User
DevOps Evangelist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 31 2017

What is most valuable?

Here are the top three features: * Deployment workflow (WF) can be designed this way, so that it is not necessary to provide all applications (systems) artifacts of which an application consists. Presence of deployed artifacts may differ in... more»

How has it helped my organization?

CA Automic ARA solution gave us the ability to: * Be faster and more flexible. In first pilot run, we achieved five times faster deployment without human work. * Be effective. We are saving tens of millions of dollars of work from our IT... more»

What needs improvement?

GUI for mobile phones: Availability to approve and start deployment through mobile phones. Better dashboards and reporting: About deployed versions, planned deployments, waiting deployments, and so on. Infrastructure discovery functionality:... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
IT Architect at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

We have 5,000 to 6,000 developers and we wanted to make sure that with such a large community, we were able to scale up to support thousands and thousands of applications, around 4,000 of them. They're all being continuously deployed through... more»

How has it helped my organization?

One area is with Java deployment. We were able to reduce this from 20 steps to 4 or 5 steps, which is about a 4x reduction in complexity and specification, making it easier for our Java developers to develop and deploy their code. The other... more»

What needs improvement?

Its reliability has been a little suspect, and one of our frustrations has been that it's taken them some time to focus on fixing that problem. They're able to simulate customer environments and configurations in terms of size and setup, so... more»
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Real User
Co-founder at ClarityWorks BV

What is most valuable?

The valuable features are “scriptability” and customizing the deployment processes.

How has it helped my organization?

It’s not necessarily the product, but more the drive to automate deployment that results in improvements. UCD gives the freedom to create reusable component templates. You set up a process for deploying something once, such as a standalone... more»

What needs improvement?

WebSphere deployments, for some reason, don’t work out-of-the-box. We have worked on the Websphere issue with the IBM uDeploy development team a lot more now. What we want to be able to do is apply configurations to the Websphere using the... more»
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CA Technologies
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Engineering Manager at EchoStar

What is most valuable?

We were running approximately 40 manual steps, and we're getting this down to two manual steps, thereby alleviating some of the copy-paste errors, some of the transposition errors that we're currently doing that affect our customers.

How has it helped my organization?

For my organization, in particular, it’s going to improve our throughput. We're not going to have delays in testing, because we had some sort of manual entry error, some transposition error. We should be able to release our software to the... more»

What needs improvement?

Indicating room for improvement is difficult, because we're so immersed in what we're doing right now. There's a lot of things that we can see that can be included. Working with our consultant, he's helping us address some of those issues,... more»
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CA Technologies
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Real User
Engineering Program Manager at EchoStar Corporation

What is most valuable?

As an engineering program manager, I was responsible for making sure that we're taking the 43 steps that are our manual process, and automating those. That actually takes our software delivery to our set-top boxes and automates the process to... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Basically, right now, it takes our software configuration management team and our download configuration management team 4-5 hours to be able to encapsulate the software with the necessary header information to be able to send it to the... more»

What needs improvement?

How the product could really improve is when we were actually given the product and started to implement it, we were looking to CA to provide best-case scenarios. But because we're so unique, we had no templates to work off of. CA could... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
DevOps Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 13 2017

What is most valuable?

* The speed which it deploys, and the accuracy. * Gives people insight into what's happening during the deployment. * The metrics gathered after deployment, for example, the rate of success versus the rate of failure. * We also notice places... more»

How has it helped my organization?

There are not enough hours in a day or week for us to do our jobs. We joke, we call the Automation like another person, or another few people. It lets us multitask much better, gives us a lot more confidence in what we do. At the end of the... more»

What needs improvement?

We're a WebSphere shop so I would like to see more support for WebSphere, only because it's the platform that they seem to want to use the most. That's about the only thing I can think of.
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Engineering with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 07 2017

What is most valuable?

I would say the traceability part of it. With this feature, I know which environment is running what. Which version of the binaries; that is key because then we know what to fix.

How has it helped my organization?

I think on a day-to-day basis, it has increased the capacity to deploy. We don't have to wait for someone to do something. As long as it changes, then we can always deploy to an environment on demand.

What needs improvement?

I think I spoke about this to them. The key thing is support for cloud-based deployment. That is lacking. Today, the whole world is looking at cloud deployment, running a cloud application. But it doesn't seem this platform will have that... more»
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CA Technologies
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Principal Analysit at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

For us, Release Automation is a very critical tool that allows us to reproduce, redeliver, and redeploy all our various code in a timely manner and with minimum number of errors. We are very careful about compliance and Release Automation... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The main benefit to us is the reduced amount of time spent on migration errors. It also brought us a more efficient way of migrating on command with full automation. And third, most critical to us was that the turnaround time for any... more»

What needs improvement?

Of course, we need to test this more, but I want to see much more seamless integration between Release Automation and CA Service Virtualization or DevTest. Right now we have to do a lot of intervention, and we would rather automate that... more»
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CA Technologies
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Real User
Software Build & Release Architect/ DevOps at HMS

What is most valuable?

We were using an in-house developed release tool, but we wanted to achieve better orchestration in our workflow. We wanted to be able to release more frequently and have greater visibility for our team. CA Release Automation gave us the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Right now, our developers are very, very excited to use it. We can release multiple code features at one time. That is the biggest benefit. In large projects, there are often code dependencies between applications. Now, we have set up a list... more»

What needs improvement?

I know that continuous delivery's already coming, but I still need to see how it will work out. What I personally want to see is more features for data warehousing deployment. Right now, I prefer Informatica. We want an action pack to deploy... more»
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CA Technologies
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Real User
SQA Manager at a tech services company
Feb 23 2017

What is most valuable?

* Ability to maintain the maps of different environments in a single tool. The way the tool organizes and manages the information to be used in the automation deployment is one of its strengths. It is possible to have a map of all the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

There have been improvements in several kinds of projects: * Projects with more than 5,000 servers and daily deployments. * Projects in which we must manage the deployment in a cloud environment based on the monitoring. As the number of users... more»

What needs improvement?

Integration with other technologies such as Dockers. The solution has the capability of integration with other technologies, and I can do this without problems. The issue is that all the tasks are performed and managed in an ad-hoc manner. I... more»
Ca2
CA Technologies
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Senior Vice President, Solution Delivery & DevOps at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the ability to shorten our release cycles and to reduce the number of mistakes we make.

How has it helped my organization?

It has significantly improved the workload balance of the people that are part of my group. It's also helped us to have less business disruption and these are the primary ways in which it has helped our organization. It's far more efficient... more»

What needs improvement?

There is a continuous delivery version of this product that I believe will solve some of the problems we have; so I'm looking forward to it. Currently we do deployment automation and I want to get to release automation, which is automating... more»
Ca2
CA Technologies
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Engineer III at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

We use it for data deployment. Before implementing this tool, we used to do deployment manually and it used to take us close to two months at a time. Once we got this tool, it initially took close to 6 months to create a complete framework... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are saving a lot of manual hours with this tool. That is the most important thing. And it's very flexible. We can implement changes fast with this tool. We learned about this deployment tool from CA. It's really effective in the department... more»

What needs improvement?

The most important thing is the release automation. There are a few things which we already raised at a recent conference, such as the release XML. In order to replace that, we needed to go in the server, delete it, and then recreate the... more»
Ca2
CA Technologies
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Automation Sme, Release Manager (Grm) at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

For our team, CA RA has made the one-click deployment a reality. It provides a web-based GUI with a convenient dashboard, Release Operations Center (ROC) to manage deployments, and agent health checks.

How has it helped my organization?

CA RA integrates seamlessly with multiple front-end, DB, and MW technologies. The time savings for repetitive tasks is tremendous. It also provides role-based, user administration where the DEV and QA were given access to use CA RA as a... more»

What needs improvement?

The automation designer GUI slows down the host when it is launched. The reporting feature is not excellent. You cannot import/export the workflows effectively between multiple CA RA environments. Additionally, this product is only able to... more»
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CA Technologies
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer Web Logic Portal Operations/Tech Services at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

This product provides pre-built action packs for many of the most popular platforms and appliances. The product allows users to create custom actions when action packs are not yet available. This allows us to leverage this studio across our... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have seen significant improvements in efficiency through the use of CA Release Automation by allowing us to standardize our deployment processes and automate those processes. This has decreased time-to-market for several of our teams and... more»

What needs improvement?

The learning curve for this tool is somewhat steep. While setting up a basic deployment process is simple, improving those processes to include integration into monitoring tools or implementing complex deployment processes can be a... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Solution Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

It provides a wide list of OOTB plugins for middleware.

How has it helped my organization?

By standardizing the automated deployment application process, reducing the amount of errors due to manual steps and by providing visibility into the release cycles of various teams/applications, we've improved our global efficiency by at... more»

What needs improvement?

* A simplified UI * A simplied licensing model * Lack of technical expertise available in the market that forces us to rely solely on IBM Professional Services
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CA Technologies
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Real User
Platform Development Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

A valuable feature of this product is faster delivery time. Initially, we had 4 days for deployment which has now changed to only a few minutes for core deployment. For database schema changes, we are performing automated deployment.

How has it helped my organization?

Previously, we were hiring external contractors who were responsible for deployment. Now, we have removed them from the equation and instead we are using this tool. This has benefited us, not just in terms of costs for paying the external... more»

What needs improvement?

We would like mainframe automation deployment. It is one of the biggest components in our organization. For distributed applications, we obviously need to have more on the mainframe, as well, so that we can have 100% accomplishment. So, we... more»
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CA Technologies
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Systems Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

The process design tools included are easy to use and very good at deploying applications across various platforms and operating systems.

How has it helped my organization?

Applications that have been on boarded into the Release Automation application have shown a decrease in deployment time and down time for maintenance.

What needs improvement?

The system seems unstable as we are constantly having to re-connect execution servers and agents that go offline. In addition, the upgrade process has been painful in our experience and we usually run into issues requiring support assistance.
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Real User
Release Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is auto-deployment of application versions through direct connectivity with UrbanCode Deploy.

How has it helped my organization?

Previously, for a planned release, an Excel-based implementation plan had to be created and validated beforehand in a production-like environment. On the go-live date, a high number of resources were required to run that implementation plan... more»

What needs improvement?

Performance of the tool is quite slow. It takes a lot of time to load a plan if the plan size is bigger. Also, the reporting feature needs to be strengthened to provide more valuable real-time reports.
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