UrbanCode Deploy Review

It doesn't support build automation however we are able to follow the whole release cycle for more than 700 diverse apps


Valuable Features

Plugin-based architecture.

Improvements to My Organization

It has provided a platform for traceability across the whole release cycle for more than 700 diverse applications.

Room for Improvement

  • Licensing structure - pay per machine deployed to.
  • Additional integrations with ALM solutions.
  • Unclear why it doesn't support build automation, which is covered by a separate product.

Use of Solution

3 months.

Deployment Issues

No issues encountered.

Stability Issues

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues

No - scalability is handled via client relays which offload the server's work to proxies.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Good.

Technical Support:

Good so far. Not a lot of history there.

Previous Solutions

Yes, we used Build Forge. It's a build tool that was being re-purposed for deploy and it was beginning to fail often.

Initial Setup

Very straightforward. Command line prompts to install all components, and hook into enterpriseDB. Trial version will use its own Derby DB.

Implementation Team

TBD. Have handled most of this in-house so far, but we have a service contract available. No info on expertise.

ROI

No specific numbers right now, but we're saving the deploy team, the infrastructure team, the help desk team, and the development teams many hours. Results are variable based on how much automation was already done, and the quality of the legacy code.

Other Solutions Considered

Evaluated Automic, CA product offerings. Also kept tabs on the Serena offering.

Other Advice

  • Start with small wins to build momentum towards the larger applications.
  • Align with the compliance team from the beginning. We had compliance and internal audit in the room for the PoC to run through concerns up front.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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