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Release Pipeline Orchestration: An Essential Practice for Continuous Delivery at Enterprise Scale

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1 digital.ai WHITE PAPER RELEASE PIPELINE ORCHESTRATION: An Essential Practice for Continuous Delivery at Enterprise Scale Business is Challenging Software Delivery Software development and delivery has become a competitive imperative for companies of all sizes and industries. The big challenge for companies today is how to deliver the right features to their customers faster, without risk of failure or delay. Today's end users have demanding expectations that are increasingly shaped by the experience of web and mobile applications that "just keep doing more". With competitors releasing new features daily or even hourly, enterprises can no longer afford unpredictable, lengthy and inefficient release processes that barely support one update every few months. Driven by market and customer pressures, industry leaders are focused on accelerating and streamlining their release process in order to stay ahead of the game. Leading enterprises are seeing great benefits from Continuous Delivery as they implement the initial steps of continuous integration, deployment automation and test automation. But they struggle as they try to scale with their current arsenal of tools, processes and steps. They find they need a scalable way to manage and orchestrate the release pipeline in order to move fast enough to meet the needs of Dev, Ops, the business… and ultimately, the customer. Today's Release Planning and Management Methods Cannot Keep Up In most organizations, planning all the steps to complete and release features into production—the steps that make up a release—is a time-consuming and effort-intensive process. In long meetings involving the entire release team, the release manager draws up spreadsheets or documents defining the release plan, as well as any additional paperwork required by the project management process, such as ITIL or PMI. Plans are modified a number of times by multiple people, and team members often wind up working from different versions of the release documents.

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