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Yavuz Yasin Celik
Real User
Computer Software Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Nov 02 2017

What do you think of UrbanCode Deploy?

What is most valuable?

Reusable templates make your life easier.

How has it helped my organization?

Using reusable templates (mainframe and middleware), you can force developers to use the same rules for deployment. Also, you have choice to break that rule.

For how long have I used the solution?

Since 2016.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In our implementation, we created 16 PMR for this product. 15 of them were solved.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Perfect. IBM has one of the best customer services. Technical Support: Perfect. IBM has one of the best technical supports.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented in-house.
Vendor
User at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 23 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to create a deployment process visually and to see that process executing in real time, step by step, with access to log files and with a click of a button.

How has it helped my organization?

It has drastically improved how we function. We can now realize continuous delivery practices. We can automate more and integrate with other system much more easily.

What needs improvement?

Need more granular security: for example, access to the Settings tab is all or nothing. I would like to be able to grant access to parts of the Settings tab and also provide read-only access to parts as well. Reporting: I am excited to learn more about Insights. Until then, native reporting in UCD… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were previously using a home-grown solution. That solution couldn't scale, was risky to make changes to, and could not provide the features we need to achieve continuous delivery.
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Vendor
Systems Specialist, Development, D2C DevOps Architecture at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 09 2017

What is most valuable?

* The gating and approval workflows. * The udclient.jar API calls are relatively easy to understand.

How has it helped my organization?

* Centralization of our deployment process * Unification of our nonprod and production deployment process

What needs improvement?

It makes it easier to create new resources, especially new components, and to import new servers into uDeploy Environments.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not previously use a different solution.

What other advice do I have?

Learn the API and automate common tasks from your CI|CD pipeline

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are still evaluating competitors like XebiaLabs Release, Puppet and Chef Automate. There is a chance we could move to Chef Automate
Consultant
Co-founder at ClarityWorks BV
Feb 08 2017

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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We didn’t have a previous solution. This was our first real attempt to introduce one central deployment tool to automate and standardize deployment processes for all techniques, such as Linux, IIB, IIS, and WebSphere. We chose the product… more »

What other advice do I have?

Think about what deployment automation really is. It means no tweaking throughout the stages whilst applying changes. Everything must be code. That is the most important step; having everything as code. Once that is done, then probably all… more »
Vendor
Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Feb 07 2017

What is most valuable?

Ability to do automated deployments. It does what it promises: It helps you automate deployments. But, it works better for some application component types than for… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Automated deployment forces the organization to standardize runtimes, development output and handling of platform provisioning.

What needs improvement?

They could add support for some of IBM’s own middleware. IBM is so big a company that the left hand doesn’t understand the right hand.

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

Don't use the tool in combination with IBM as datacentre manager.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had various solutions before this one.

What other advice do I have?

Look for other tools if IBM runs your datacentre.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn’t evaluate other tools. We were forced to use it by IBM as datacentre manager.
Vendor
Solution Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jan 31 2017

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… 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

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

The licensing model can be very simple, or quite complex, depending on how you want it to be and how you negotiate with IBM. I suggest to deeply evaluate your… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We didn’t have a previous solution. We just had a very wide variety of custom in-house scripts.

What other advice do I have?

Properly evaluate the ratio of applications that are based on newer architecture models (cloud native vs hybrid vs traditional). Weigh in that element into the decision… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We continued with custom in-house scripting; a dead end, obsolete approach that cannot scale and belongs to the past, not the future. Open source-based products (Jenkins… more »
Vendor
Release Manager at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jan 18 2017

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… 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 »

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

Pricing is on the higher side. Individual licenses for each user is not an expected model for a tool like UrbanCode Release. It should have group licensing.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were completely manual before this.

What other advice do I have?

It’s a must have. UrbanCode Deploy provides great advantages.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Nolio by CA for release management.
Vendor
Technical Specialist - DEVOPS at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Dec 18 2016

What is most valuable?

Gates is one interesting feature, which will help approvers provide their approvals in advance, without having to rely on when deployment happens.

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped developers manage and deploy their own applications.

What needs improvement?

The Archiving policy is something which should be looked at. The resource tree is pretty bulky and slow. Making a change to the resource tree manually is pretty difficult… more »

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

It is a bit costly but good ARA tools are not free, and this has competitive pricing.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had home-grown solutions different for different applications. We have standardized by adopting this solution.

What other advice do I have?

It is a good tool to use if you have a substantially big enterprise.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before we chose this solution, we evaluated other options.
Consultant
Sr. Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 07 2016

What is most valuable?

It has out-of-the-box integration with source-code repositories, various ticketing systems, plus a wide variety of plugins to use during deployment. Custom plugin… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It provided a reduction in deployment time and lowered the application downtime.

What needs improvement?

More out of the box plugins are required though good number are avaialble at the moment.

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

For us, it was more about automating the complex application deployments which were manual for years. IBM products are expensive unless you can strike a deal. However, the… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used BMC BladeLogic previously. BladeLogic is more for automating tasks performed on servers like compliance, patching, and provisioning. It is not suited for… more »

What other advice do I have?

For DevOps, this tool is one of the best with all its integration capabilities for repositories and various systems. Perform the initial setup carefully, and probably with… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We explored Ansible, Puppet and Chef. I worked on Chef for a few days and I am not a very big fan of it, probably due to my lack of interest.
Simardeep Singh
Consultant
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 28 2016

What is most valuable?

It has flexible deployment options, allowing us to model our components as we want and need, which is the most valuable feature we've found from our experience with it.

How has it helped my organization?

It reduced more than 70% of our manual effort when it automated deployment of both UNIX and Windows-based applications using UrbanCode Deploy. We used plugins available in the plugin center and used UNIX shell and powershell scripts to… more »

What needs improvement?

More plugins are required. There are also many bugs in UrbanCode Deploy. Finally, database deployment and rollback of databases needs to be worked on.

What other advice do I have?

Before buying this, try the trial version and check if it serves your purpose.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Rundeck is also a good option, but UrbanCode Deploy provides more features and is easier to use.
Vendor
AIX Build&Deployment Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 21 2016

What is most valuable?

* Rich plugins * Visualized process design * Visualized approval process

How has it helped my organization?

It has automated the deployment of tasks to different environments which we were previously only able to do manually.

What needs improvement?

They need to reduce the footprint and improve the performance of UD agent. If the agent runs for too long it can cause a memory issue on the production server. We must keep the agent offline and only enable them during deployment.

What other advice do I have?

The product became more complex after IBM acquired it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We compared UrbanCode Deploy with XebiaLabs XL. We chose UCD because of the process design function.
Vendor
IT Architect at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Mar 30 2016

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 UrbanCode. It's a great product and a great framework. If… 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 area is not just with the tool itself, but with company… 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 that when they're in development, they can run test cycles… more »

What other advice do I have?

Understand your environment, your processes, and how your teams use your technologies. Make sure you spend some time decomposing those areas and making sure that the orchestrations and automations you create fit your customers' needs. Don't have the expectation that it's going to be easy and… more »
Vendor
Software Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 16 2016

What is most valuable?

Getting the deployments automated adds a lot of value. Before we automated deployments, there was a big problem with manual intervention and people making changes on production services and forgetting what they did. It was just impossible to reproduce deployments. Then there's the traceability aspect -- you can trace back to the code which is stored in ClearCase through the build. All the… more »

What needs improvement?

The biggest area of improvement that I would suggest is in the upgrade process. We started 2015 with uDeploy 4.7, and in order to get the latest version, we had to upgrade first to version 5, which was introduced for the IBM branding. That was straightforward enough, but the jump from version 5 to version 6.1.2 was enormous. We had to focus on testing the security model because it was completely… more »

What other advice do I have?

It's really good if you have a lot of applications that need to be deployed in different environments. You need to have a team to support it because there's a lot of different pieces and it's a really deep solution. There are many features, only some of which we've been using. It's not the kind of thing that only one person can work on. It's not for a small shop; it's for an enterprise.
Vendor
Senior Release Engineer at a retailer with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 16 2016

What is most valuable?

The ability to deploy as often as possible allows a number of people to work on it at the same time.

How has it helped my organization?

It's provided us with more reliable and faster deployments, as well as the ability and flexibility to create and modify deployment applications to meet the needs of the ping.

What needs improvement?

We're running version 4.8.4, which isn't the latest version. This version lacks reporting, which may be improved in the latest version.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We weren't using anything before and we had to get something up and running quickly. It did take us a little longer to get the uDeploy up and running than we'd hoped, but once we did it certainly met all of our needs.

What other advice do I have?

Standardize processes as much as possible so that you can re-use them. Don't be afraid to create multiple applications when that reduces the complexity. Don't make applications really complex to try and do all these things all at once. If… more »
Real User
Enterprise Development and Deployment Support at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 04 2016

What is most valuable?

There are several most valuable features for us. * Automation of deployment processes for all our projects; * It's user-friendly enough for our development team to access… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It's improved our organization's functions in a few ways. * It has automated the manual deployment process for all Java, .NET, and C++ applications; * It makes is easy to… more »

What needs improvement?

I think that the IBM support team needs to be more proactive in their responses to PMR tickets raised by customers. Also, the plugins for ServiceNow Integration need to be… more »

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

It's available at a very reasonable price.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used IBM Rational Build Forge and then migrated to UrbanCode Deploy, which has more flexibility and process-oriented features.

What other advice do I have?

It's best to do a POC on the applications you're currently running to check the feasibility of using UrbanCode Deploy.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated OpenStack and Amazon Web Services.
Real User
Coordinator-Release Management at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 04 2016

What is most valuable?

We like a few things, such as the calendar, the permissions model, and the process editing. The component template and deployment interface are very good.

How has it helped my organization?

Our organization has already improved by quite a bit by taking out so much manual intervention from multiple people doing the deployments. We've simplified our process and the deployments are now much faster.

What needs improvement?

Sometimes the deployment process reports are faulty. I've run into situations where the job says it was successful but it really erred-out. It would be nice if the reports are correct all the time. The configurations tab takes forever to… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Our existing solution was mostly manual deployments so that, of course, is very error-prone. We looked at several different solutions to try to see what we could implement quickly and what would have the most impact, the most return on… more »

What other advice do I have?

It's a pretty straightforward tool for straightforward deployments. If they have many complicated deployments, they're going to really want to look at the plugins and what's out of the box to make sure that it's going to be able to do what… more »
Vendor
Application Developer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 03 2016

What is most valuable?

There are three main valuable features for us: * The ability to deploy objects consistently to any of our multiple environments; * Prior deployments and logging stored in… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Teams are now able to schedule deployments to any environment and watch in a screen the deployment occur. This has allowed teams to reduce the number of staff online when… more »

What needs improvement?

The reporting functionality is limited and it is difficult to retrieve information from the database due to the table structure.

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

Cost is based on the number of agents installed. This is normally one agent per target box/system.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The prior solution was created by our company. We determined that to add the features required to expand our solution, it was better to use a vendor product.

What other advice do I have?

This product is excellent for deploying components and running processes related to deployments. It is not intended to be a build system, but is easy enough to incorporate… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we evaluated Jenkins.
Consultant
Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 27 2015

What do you think of UrbanCode Deploy?

Valuable Features:

Repeatable, reliable deployments from one environment to the next.

Improvements to My Organization:

We are able to help customers automate deployments reliably. 

Use of Solution:

I've used it for eight months.

Deployment Issues:

No issues encountered.

Stability Issues:

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues:

No issues encountered.

Customer Service:

The IBM Urbancode team is a great bunch of people and they are extremely knowledgeable.
Vendor
IT Technical Analyst at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 23 2014

What is most valuable?

Plugin-based architecture.

How has it helped my organization?

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

What needs 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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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

What other advice do I have?

* 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… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Evaluated Automic, CA product offerings. Also kept tabs on the Serena offering.
Consultant
Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 19 2014

What is most valuable?

I've found that the most valuable feature is the Server/Agent architecture. In most cases, once you install the agent onto a machine, you rarely (if ever) need to log on to the agent machine itself to… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Urbancode Deploy allowed us to implement a nearly-complete Continuous Delivery solution for one of our web applications - builds were deployed and promoted straight through from a development… more »

What needs improvement?

Upgrade & Migration from older versions, as well as Import & Export of application automation data between multiple environments has some room for improvement.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Yes, I have used FinalBuilder for deployment automation - which did not use a Server/Agent model or offer any sort of repository management or inventory tracking, which were the major selling points… more »

What other advice do I have?

Be sure to budget for/ accommodate a demo/dev/test environment for uDeploy as well as a production environment.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we evaluated Thoughtworks GO and Nolio alongside this product.
Vendor
Systems Engineer at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Nov 18 2014

What is most valuable?

* Automatic detection of new builds (via an agent on Nexus). * The ability to easily create a custom deployment workflow in the web interface.

How has it helped my organization?

Deployment to various environments can be done from a web interface without needing to manually copy files around or log into systems to run scripts.

What needs improvement?

Full blown support for repositories such a SonaType Nexus would be better than having to deploy an agent to watch particular filesystem paths.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The previous solution was a mix of manually copying files around and logging into systems to run scripts. IBM UrbanCode Deploy enabled us to easily take builds from SonaType Nexus and deploy them into the environments without needing manual… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before chosing this product we also evaluated Midvision RapidDeploy, Thoughtworks Go and Xebia Labs XL Deploy. Thoughtworks Go: the plugin to integrate with Sonatype Nexus is a thirdparty plugin and has been broken for sometime. Xebia Labs… more »

What is UrbanCode Deploy?

IBM UrbanCode Deploy orchestrates and automates the deployment of applications, middleware configuration, and database changes into development, test, and production environments—local, dedicated or shared cloud environments—accelerating time to market and reducing cost by shrinking manual efforts from days to minutes with automation, while reducing risk by cutting deployment errors by up to 90 percent.

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UrbanCode Deploy customers

As policy, IBM does not release customer names on non-IBM web sites.  However, public DevOps and UrbanCode Deploy case studies can be found here. IBM's UrbanCode Deploy customers span Small-Medium Businesses to Fortune 500 companies across all industries worldwide.

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