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SystemEncf7a
Real User
System Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Feb 13 2017

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... 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.... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We decided to invest in CA Release Automation because we were trying to find ways to be more efficient in our code delivery. We had a lot of... more»

What other advice do I have?

To be fair, I think that there are a lot of things that it is capable of: deploying out; integrating with other products. The UI and the design... more»
Monica Tanguay
Real User
Engineering Manager at EchoStar
Feb 13 2017

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... more»

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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

My organization has wanted to invest in a solution for my group for a couple of years now. It was a matter of just researching, getting the... more»

What other advice do I have?

I never give out perfect ratings. I think it's going to be a good, stable product. I know CDD's fairly new. We're doing new things with it. It's... more»
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Don Buckalew
Real User
Engineering Program Manager at EchoStar Corporation
Jan 19 2017

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... 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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

EchoStar actually has CA Technologies Release Automation implemented in another team, so we're partnered with the other team. We looked at the... more»

What other advice do I have?

It is very customizable; it's very easy to use, to be able to actually put the product together, to build those different workflows that we... more»
DevMan15832
Real User
Development manager at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 14 2018

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our speed of deployment.

What needs improvement?

In terms of its performance, we have struggled a little bit because we have multiple instances around the world without a proper support team behind it. After several years we got the new version, and the upgrade was very painful. We had... more»

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor the solution cost and total cost of ownership are definitely two of the criteria; the product quality, usability, scalability, of course, and the support are key as well. The company's market situation is also... more»
Nikhil Vyas
Real User
Software Build & Release Architect/ DevOps at HMS
Dec 01 2016

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»

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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We were using an in-house developed release tool, but wanted better orchestration for our releases.

What other advice do I have?

First, when you adapt your solution of Release Automation, you need to know what you actually want. What do you need, why you are doing what... more»
reviewer211584
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... 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... more»

What needs improvement?

Integration with other technologies such as Dockers. The solution has the capability of integration with other... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is an expensive tool and the licensing model is difficult to sell.

Which solutions did we use previously?

I use open source solutions like Puppet and Chef. These solutions require a high level of expertise and are difficult... more»

What other advice do I have?

Begin with a small project and grow it progressively. If you need a large project, you should acquire professional... more»
KP Muthe
Real User
Principal Analysit at a tech consulting company with 1-10 employees
Dec 24 2016

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»
SvpDevOp52bc
Real User
Senior Vice President, Solution Delivery & DevOps at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Dec 12 2016

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... 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.... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We didn't really use any other solution before. We were using a manual operation which was extremely intensive. Thus, the daily pain involved... more»

What other advice do I have?

Just get into it and do it. It really makes your life better. Although the product is good, I'm expecting a lot more from it. We are still not... more»
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CA Release Automation enables you to seamlessly connect the continuous delivery ecosystem to deliver high-quality applications faster than ever before. With this enterprise-ready solution, you can accelerate and stabilize application deployments from development to test to production. Its advanced capabilities can help you plan, manage and optimize the continuous delivery pipeline to improve release quality and efficiency. With CA Release Automation, get automated, agile release management that’s ready to work in your IT world.

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