CA Release Automation Review
Ops teams who used to work in silos are now more coordinated.


Valuable Features

  • No scripting
  • GUI based
  • Roll back feature
  • No need of specialized skills for deployment, as the intention is that a tester should be able to do a deployment using CA RA

Improvements to My Organization

The benefits achieved for the clients are:

  • Reduction in downtime
  • Less time to market
  • Shorter turn around times in case of failure
  • Earlier development
  • Ops teams who used to work in silos are now more coordinated

Room for Improvement

It is being improved regularly, there are new versions of 5.5, 5.6 and so on. Stability is an area for improvement.

Use of Solution

I've used it for one and a half years.

Deployment Issues

No issues so far, the major task is integrating CA RA with existing infrastructure, which takes time.

Stability Issues

Yes, every version had some bugs, which are reported back to CA and are accepted and fixed.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Excellent.

Technical Support:

Excellent.

Previous Solutions

I haven't used a different solution.

Initial Setup

It's moderately complex.

Implementation Team

It was done by an in-house team.

ROI

It varies from customer to customer, I don't have figures.

Other Solutions Considered

No other options were evaluated.

Other Advice

You need to have good expertise and flexible, and a conducive environment.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.

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