Complex software projects often have equally complex build and deployment procedures. Over time these processes and procedures often become more and more complicated. As more modules and processes are added to the build process, the build tasks may reach a state where they are: poorly understood by their current users, contain inconsistencies across sub-systems, become increasingly fragile, and possibly inefficient in their use of resources.
Build processes requiring frequent human intervention are especially problematic, in addition to diverting staff attention from activities that would potentially be more productive, they are difficult to trouble-shoot. Computers are very good at repeating sequences of actions, while humans are optimized for handling variability and tend to introduce it into the system even when its not intended. Builds that require human attention also compete for hardware resources during regular working hours, where builds that run unattended can use off-hours resources that may be otherwise unused.
To create a build environment that is maintainable, expandable, repeatable and efficient, the existing build environment must first be analyzed. Once the existing build environment is understood, changes can be made to eliminate bottlenecks, inconsistencies and other hazards. ReleaseTEAM specializes in implementing build automations, improving overall build performance and build to test times, thus improving quality and your bottom line in time to market.
ReleaseTEAM supports build tools like Make, ClearMake, ClearAudit, ElectricCommander, ElectricAccelerator, Ant, Anthill, Cruise Control, BuildForge, Hudson, Maven, nMake, Omake, Imake, Install Shield and Perl.
Identify ways to reduce build times with a ReleaseTEAM build assessment.