Plan, track, and execute release plans from code drop to end user
What is our primary use case?
We tested it, but in the end, we didn't purchase it. We were using it to orchestrate our releases. We wanted to use it for deployment, builds, backfilling, etc. We were having a hard time determining who would be the practitioners of the product. In the end, one of the things that drove the cost up was the need for so many people to be able to use the tool. There was probably a little learning curve with some of them, but predominantly, our technical leads and perhaps some senior developers were going to use this solution — also, on the infrastructure side, the DevOps team, too. Someone's got… more »
Pros and Cons
"The orchestration, building the release, and then just executing it and managing that pipeline — the orchestration capabilities are great for that."
"The backfill could be improved, we could automate that. Right now it's subjective — it's up to the lead developer's memory to remember to backfill."
What other advice do I have?
Even though we're not going to use the tool, I think we captured some ideas and we've moved forward with that. We've automated some of our backfilling, so it was influential and it did cause change within us. Overall, it's been a good experience. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give XebiaLabs XL Release a rating of eight — nothing is perfect, there is always room for improvement.