If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering XebiaLabs XL Deploy, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
We use both the on-premises and cloud deployment models. The product has a flexibility that allows it to work with various deployments and various technologies. I would recommend the solution for enterprise-level organizations. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
I think XL Deploy is a very versatile product, and it actually makes a lot more sense than a lot of other options which are on the market. It actually helps our technical people to adapt to it much faster. You don't need a lot of specialists and technical skills. That's where I find it makes it easier for most of the teams to pick this product up pretty quickly. That, to me, has been a big factor because new users for the platform can easily adapt to it. That means you can scale this faster and more teams can be involved in using it faster. Without that, you're always stuck because of the lack of specialist skills and hampered in scaling DevOps practices effectively across the enterprise. If you only have a budget for a few specialists and have a lot to roll out, then you have to wait for the specialists to complete work they need to do before you deploy. This makes you wait longer for anything to be deployed. That becomes a big stumbling block. In the case of using XL Deploy, we don't face that problem anymore. The other thing that is a benefit is that we also used the other product, XL Release, which helps to orchestrate the Continuous Delivery and Release journey. It simplifies the DevOps journey and makes visibility, control, governance, audit, compliance much easier. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate this product a nine. There's always room to make a product better. XLDeploy has excellent dependency management for application deployment, We would like that capability extended to a more visual manner making it easier for teams to understand their dependencies.
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