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Continuous Engineering, Continuous Delivery & DevOps

 

The term “Continuous Engineering” appears to have the ambition of becoming a buzzword, but hasn’t quite arrived. This may be because of its straightforward nature and possibly because similar terms exist, now and before. Whatever the forecast for its popularity, this blog seeks to define what Continues Engineering is, how it compares to “Continuous Delivery” and how it relates to the world of DevOps.

 

What Is Continuous Engineering?

Some define Continuous Engineering as speeding the delivery of increasingly sophisticated and inter-connected products by evolving engineering practices. Essentially, this amounts to continuous improvement – embodied in the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen (all the rage in the early 90s), but as applied specifically to engineering. This sounds good, but how does it relate to DevOps?

 

What is Continuous Delivery?

Jez Humble and David Farley literally wrote the book on Continuous Delivery, which is perhaps best defined by the book’s subtitle: “Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation.”

Because rolling new software into production can be perilous and time-consuming, Continuous Delivery is a set of principles and technical practices that, “enable rapid, incremental delivery of high quality, valuable new functionality to users. Through automation of the build, deployment, and testing process, and improved collaboration between developers, testers, and operations, delivery teams can get changes released in a matter of hours—sometimes even minutes–no matter what the size of a project or the complexity of its code base.”

 

How Do Continuous Engineering & Continuous Delivery Relate to DevOps?

Continuous Engineering can be viewed as the overall philosophy with Continuous Delivery serving as the set of principles for software engineering. DevOps then represents the set of tools to achieve smooth and repeatable software rollouts.

ReleaseTEAM has extensive experience identifying the right set of DevOps tools – as well as continues engineering and delivery practices – for any software development and operations environment. If you’d like to sleep like a baby on the eve of software rollouts instead of wiping out the local supply of Tums, contact us today.

 

Contact ReleaseTEAM to Achieve Continuous Engineering & Delivery

 

 


 

IBM Innovate 2014: Learn about DevOps & SCM with ReleaseTEAM

As an IBM Premier Partner, as both Ready for and Authorized Software Value Plus for Rational Software, we’re excited to sponsor Innovate 2014 from June 1-5 in Orlando, Florida and look forward to seeing you there.

 


 

Booth E406 & 1-on-1 Consultations

Almost our entire team, from sales to professional services to the ownership team, will be at Innovate 2014. Come and visit us at booth E406 to see us and to learn more about our information on our DevOps and Software Configuration Management (SCM) solutions, and let us know if you’d like to schedule a 1-on-1 consultation.


 

 

“When Custom Environments Go Bad” Case Study Presentation

Please join us on Wednesday, June 4, from 10:45-11:45am in room Dolphin-Asia 2, when ReleaseTEAM’s Michael Gormley will present a case study, entitled “When Custom Environments Go Bad” (DCM-1934) .

Michael will discuss how we were brought in to rescue a virtualized development environment for an aerospace company, how we improved delivery performance by 95%, and how we virtually eliminated system crashes and time-outs—and at least partially redeemed the reputation of the SCM team.

Let’s Connect

Whether it’s at our presentation, booth, a session, or at Universal Studios, let’s connect especially if you want to learn more about our unique approach to streamlining and automating DevOps and SCM. See you in Orlando.

 

Perforce and ReleaseTEAM

March 1st, 2014

Perforce announces the Perforce and ReleaseTEAM Partnership

Quote: Now that the ink has dried on our partner agreement, we at Perforce are very excited to begin our work in earnest with ReleaseTEAM. While we have many sales partners across Europe and Asia Pacific, ReleaseTEAM is our first sales partner in the United States. Perforce works very closely with industry partners to bring our suite of version management and collaboration solutions to new markets and geographies and to lend their expertise to Perforce deployments. Our work with ReleaseTEAM is an excellent example of partnership in action, as their expertise with ClearCase and other version management platforms gives them a clear picture of when the inherent advantages of Perforce will be most beneficial to our shared customers.

 

ReleaseTEAM at Innovate 2013  

April 26, 2013

We are sponsoring the IBM Technical Summit and will be at Booth #E207. This is ReleaseTEAM's 20th year attending this conference in one of its many forms. 
 

Innovation that rocks technology and processes: Steve Wozniak and Eric Ries will show you what it takes to stay ahead IBM is proud to announce that headlining this year’s Innovate conference is technology icon, master of innovation, the Woz and only... Steve Wozniak! Steve is the practitioner’s practitioner; with a lifetime of experience creating and innovating: from single-handedly designing the first personal computer to redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers. A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry. He will share his engaging and creative insights--and possibly a few insider stories--with you, the Innovate audience.  

 

RTC with Shawn Doyle and ReleaseTEAM at CES

December 3, 2012

Shawn Doyle will be speaking on RTC at all the proceeding Rational Users' Group meetings:

CRUG, TRUG, and FCRUG. Click the links for dates and times.

In other news, ReleaseTEAM is attending the International Consumer Electronics Show. If you don't know what CES is, visit their website: cesweb.org. It's important for Software professionals to stay abreast of upcoming technologies, and this is where ReleaseTEAM finds value in attending CES.

 

Innovate Around the World 2012 in Toronto

October 30, 2012

ReleaseTEAM's very own Shawn Doyle will be attending Innovate Around the World in Toronto which is taking place on November 1st.

Innovate Around the World Dates and Info

 

ReleaseTEAM at IBM Innovate 2012

May 18, 2012

ReleaseTEAM is sponsoring Innovate 2012. Visit us at Booth #518 in the Ready for Rational section! This year marks the 19th year we have been at the conference in one of its many incarnations. From the first CCIUG in 1993 to what is now Innovate, ReleaseTEAM has been a strong supporter of the Rational brand!

In other news, Martina Riedel has been named an IBM champion for the second year in a row! The IBM Champion award is IBM's way of recognizing the exceptional contribution of selected clients, Business Partners and academics. Congratulations Martina for your great work and your newfound championship. Check out her new White Paper on ClearCase and ClearQuest 8.0, here. And don't forget to attend Martina's session at Innovate, additional details here

ReleaseTEAM Achieves Veteran-Owned Status 

October 4, 2010

ReleaseTEAM, Inc., an IT solutions and staffing company, was recognized with Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Status as of October 2010. ReleaseTEAM is currently registered with the General Service Administration and the Central Contractor Registration, the primary registrant databases for the U.S. Federal Government. ReleaseTEAM founders Shawn Doyle and Karl Todd both honorably served in the U.S. Army, providing grounds for this most recent business classification achievement.

ReleaseTEAM made the decision to register for VOSB certification in response to requests from federal contractors, and public and private businesses, who wanted to partner with diversity-credentialed vendors who could deliver quality IT services. ReleaseTEAM was happy to respond to these requests, and the designation has garnered tremendous positive feedback from clients.

"We're proud to be recognized as a Veteran-Owned Business (VOB)," states Shawn Doyle. "While we've always been a VOB, after 11 years we've finally taken the steps for verification. Now, ReleaseTEAM can better serve our clients that may have a requirement to work with minority-owned businesses or who want to honor the business efforts of Americans who have served in the armed forces."

By including minority-owned businesses among their vendors, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier/vendor diversity programs. The certification also offers a way for companies to extend their support to the military and the men and women who serve in it.

 

ReleaseTEAM is awarded GSA Schedule for Software Configuration Management consulting and support services

April 13, 2010

ReleaseTEAM Inc. today announced the publication of its General Services Administration (GSA) schedule catalog on GSA Advantage! The GSA schedule gives ReleaseTEAM the ability to sell quickly and easily to U.S. government organizations across ReleaseTEAM's full line of products, focusing primarily on its trademark SCM consulting and training services.

GSA oversees the business of purchasing goods and services for the U.S. federal government. GSA Schedules offer millions of state-of-the-art, high quality commercial services and supplies to the government and military at volume discount pricing. GSA's acquisition solutions provide federal purchasers with cost-effective high-quality products and services from commercial vendors. ReleaseTEAM was awarded it's GSA schedule after being closely evaluated in regards to its financial stability, past performance, customer referrals, pricing, and service offerings.

"Software Configuration Management is a vital component to effective and profitable software development. After supporting many US government and military clients, we knew we had to make our services available through a more visible vehicle," said Shawn Doyle, Chief Executive Officer of ReleaseTEAM, Inc. a 10-year-old privately held company based in Denver, CO. "The GSA contract is an exciting achievement for ReleaseTEAM as it allows us to extend the benefits of our support services to a wider audience. Our goal is to work with goverment agencies via the GSA schedule, leverging on our deep history and success."

The GSA schedule will give U.S. government agencies direct and speedy access to ReleaseTEAM's premium SCM consulting and training services, and custom software development solutions. The completion of the GSA schedule is the latest accomplishment for ReleaseTEAM, and shows ReleaseTEAM's dedication to providing quality and value to it's customers.

ReleaseTEAM to Deliver Expertise for IBM Rational 7.1 Upgrades Presenting Premium Consulting Services Designed to Support Installation/Upgrade of IBM Rational.

 

ClearCase and ClearQuest 7.1

April 29 2009

DENVER, CO - The Configuration Management Specialists at ReleaseTEAM, Inc. announced today that they have a tested and proven process to help software development teams upgrade to the IBM Rational 7.1 suite of tools. Through expert support and guidance, ReleaseTEAM provides its IBM Rational Certified consulting services to customers who require assistance with the 7.1 version upgrade.

The IBM Rational suite of tools now uses the installation tools and methodology common across IBM, the IBM Installation Manager. For IBM Rational Tools users, especially ClearCase and ClearQuest users, this means adopting a new technology and a significant change away from the familiar siteprep. ReleaseTEAM presented a comprehensive whitepaper at the Colorado Rational User's Group meeting, that describes the new process for an Enterprise deployment. This whitepaper as delivered is available at http://www.releaseteam.com/whitepapers/Installing_CC_CQ_71.pdf

"Software Development Teams using the IBM Rational application suite often require additional support to complete version upgrades." said Shawn Doyle, CEO of ReleaseTEAM. "We saw the level of difficulty associated with the 7.1 version upgrade, and devoted internal resources to develop an effective upgrade strategy. The 7.1 upgrade is not trivial, however, ReleaseTEAM has the experience and knowledge to make it go a lot smoother."

 

ReleaseTEAM Announces ClearConn Version 2.5 Accelerate information gathering with ClearConn

January 31, 2009

Westminster, CO - ReleaseTEAM, Inc. the Software Configuration Management specialists, has announced the release of the latest version of ClearConn. ClearConn 2.5 is a custom integration between IBM Rational's ClearCase and ClearQuest. ClearConn is an add-on application that allows for streamlined sharing of information between ClearCase and ClearQuest. ClearConn is an easy to install and configure utility that will provide speed and robustness that is superior to out of the box integration tools.

ClearConn is a two tier, client-server approach that both gathers relevant information and greatly reduces elapsed time at checkout, uncheckout and checkin operations. The client side of ClearConn gathers the ClearCase information it needs to store in ClearQuest and saves it as an attribute in ClearCase. The server side searches all of the designated ClearCase VOBs for the attribute and records the information in ClearQuest. ClearConn easily manages the integration of information from ClearCase VOBs to any ClearQuest database.

ClearConn has been developed using best practices learned from implementing custom integration solutions for IBM Rational's ClearCase and ClearQuest. Software development groups have many different requirements for integrations between source code control tools and change and defect tracking tools. ClearConn takes into account this wide variety of requirements, and is very configurable. ClearConn has been developed for high performance, ClearConn will not slow down ClearCase.