Release Management and Process Management

Release Management and Process Management

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Comprehensive release management that delivers the correct versions, on time.

Release management is all about delivering the correct versions of the correct configuration items to the correct place at the correct time. It is a major business benefit – without it releases can go out the door with uncertain content, bug fixes get lost, ISO 9000 compliance is impossible and developers waste valuable time and resource.

AllChange’s powerful baselining facilities enable a configuration to be captured, locked against any further change and released, removing the uncertainty about what is to be or what has been included in a release.

The configuration can be captured in terms of the changes to be released. Moreover, the process of calculating which versions of which configuration items this requires is automatically performed for you.

Full automation of the release process can be achieved using the process definition facilities. Full integration with the change and configuration item management allows AllChange to automatically build relationships between the baselines, changes and configuration items, which automatically reflects ‘state’ change information as the release progresses.

Even when there is that last minute change, AllChange gives you the assurance that you can add or remove a change and rebuild the system without the risk of omitting any facet of the change.

Baseline browser and reporter
Baseline browser Baseline report

The baseline browser gives detailed information about the changes and versions that are released in a baseline.

The report wizard makes it easy to produce detailed or summary reports on baselines, in a variety of formats.

Compare differences
Compare file differences

Using the integration with Araxis Merge, you can compare differences between files to see exactly what has changed.

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  • Create releases based on the changes you want it to implement
  • Allow discrete product parts to be developed and released independently (e.g. client/server/documentation)
  • Automate and enforce your release procedures
  • Automatically generate email notifications
  • Version control releases and configuration items
  • Copy a release as the foundation for future development
  • Easily identify what has changed since your last release
  • Integrated FTP to support deployment
  • Configure to support your release processes
  • Build your releases from change items
  • Automatically generate release notes

Effectively control and automate your process management

Process is there whether we like it or not and how we manage it is fundamental to business progress, or stagnation.

The key to managing process lies in ensuring that your processes are supported by the tools you use and that they can be changed to reflect changing business needs.

AllChange ensures successful process management by supporting the customization of the out-of-the-box processes and definition of new ones. Processes are defined as a sequence of states with conditions enforcing the process, and actions automating the process.

AllChange supports the integration of the different processes that are involved in change: the process for changing a configuration item, the process for controlling what changes are made and the process of releasing a set of changes. This ensures the greatest level of automation and transparency of the processes leading to efficient and effective execution of the processes defined.

Amongst the many benefits of AllChange’s process automation are:

  • Stable test and delivery areas containing the required release
  • Development areas containing known configurations
  • Change and release processes which can be enforced without imposing unacceptable overheads.

Cycle viewer
Cycle viewer

The cycle viewer gives a simple graphical view of all the stages defined in your process. It ensures that your processes cannot be bypassed and that users follow them correctly.

Cycle editor
Cycle editor

The cycle editor allows you to customize your cycles and set permissions for different
levels of user.

The process based system that does it all.

AllChange provides an active support environment throughout the lifecycle.

From design and development, through process control and change management, onto release management and quality and configuration auditing.

AllChange provides information about the make-up of your product or project and actively helps project managers and developers by:

  • Ensuring that your procedures are carried out according to your specification.
  • Tracking the progress of change.
  • Securing components of a product against unauthorized access.
  • Allowing your staff to work together but without getting in each other’s way.
  • Making the correct information available, when and where you need it.

Process based system
One example out of an infinite number of processes available from AllChange.

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