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8 Ways Application Release Orchestration Boosts DevOps in '24

Faster software delivery to customers requires a successful and continuous delivery method. However, evolving application development and release methods make continuous delivery of applications a more difficult and complex process.

The application release process requires manual approvals and effective communication between different teams. Ineffective communication between teams often causes friction, leading to delays in application releases. To prevent such problems in the application release process and remain updated with evolving technology, enterprises need to transform their application release strategies.

One of the recent solutions is to adopt application release orchestration. Application release orchestration refers to a new approach that coordinates complex application release processes by reducing manual steps. It minimizes differences between teams and orchestrates the complete software delivery process by boosting agility, efficiency, and quality. 

By using the application release orchestration method, organizations can accelerate their application development and release processes. This article will explore 5 ways application release orchestration improves DevOps processes.

1. Boosts level of coherence and greater communication

During software development, different teams work together and consistent communication is always a challenge for those teams. Interruptions in this process can expose friction between teams if they are not coordinated properly. Application release orchestration provides a base for communication and orchestrates the workflows between teams. This way, teams increase coherence and communicate more effectively.

2. Increases visibility in product life cycles

Application release orchestration not only streamlines the development pipeline but also helps users understand the reasons for failures. In case of a failure, users receive an alert from the application release orchestration tool, informing them what happened, where, and when. 

By using application release orchestration, users can track the progression of a release in real-time. This helps users to find out where the clogs and errors are. Additionally, the traceability of a release’s progress can give an idea about the performance of the team members.

3. Saves time and money

Deploying a new element to the development pipeline requires the coordination of numerous tasks. Unlike automation, application release orchestration coordinates automated workflows and makes them work concurrently. It speeds up transitions, saves time, and minimizes manual work, leading to faster marketing and delivery of services. 

Application release orchestration works with many applications and tools coherently. Therefore, by using application release orchestration, enterprises do not have to adopt multiple orchestration tools. It eliminates extra spending on multiple orchestration tools. As application release orchestration reduces manual work, operational costs are also reduced.

New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group (NJM)1 is a leading insurance provider in New Jersey. As the company scales, it needed a more efficient way to solve increased complexity. They reach out to more than 1000 deployments each month. After adopting an orchestration tool, the company started to deploy 30-50% faster. With automated deployments, their time to deliver software decreased to minutes from days.

4. Automates workflows

Application release orchestration automates the software delivery pipeline. The software delivery pipeline includes several steps and each various workflows inside. To deliver software timely and with high quality, these process needs to be automated. It also orchestrates automated workflows and steps concurrently. It automatically determines the time of launching different tasks and steps in order to maintain working them coherently.

Redwood’s orchestration automation software enables businesses to coordinate and manage multiple automation across any environment. The tool offers reliable, secure, and timely monitoring across applications, systems, and environments. Redwood simplifies workloads and orchestrates processes with its ready-to-use templates.

5. Fixes bugs

Application release orchestration accelerates the development and release of new products. This process also includes consistent feedback and collaboration with customers. Thanks to feedback from the customers, teams can fix the bugs before they cause significant damage. The teams can also find out major bugs through automated testing before the products are delivered.

6. Provides self-service catalog

In scaling enterprises, deploying and testing new applications can be challenging. By removing the manual processes and providing a self-service catalog of standard environments and their components, users can easily deploy large numbers of applications and systems across any environment. Using self-service catalogs removes the waiting times and delays. Another benefit of using the self-service feature in application release orchestration is that they have ready-to-use templates.

7. Improves security, compliance, and reporting

One of the important parts of software delivery is ensuring security and complying with regulations. Application release orchestration offers security and compliance as a separate stage in the software delivery pipeline. It removes security and compliance from being a bottleneck for the application release process as it integrates and automates security and compliance tasks. 

Reporting is streamlined with the implementation of application release orchestration, enforcing regulations, and recording the changes automatically. 

8. Boosts employee performance

Application release orchestration minimizes the number of manual tasks and reduces the time spent on manual workloads. Engaging in fewer manual tasks can help employees to improve their performances, save time and focus on more innovative tasks.

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Cem has been the principal analyst at AIMultiple since 2017. AIMultiple informs hundreds of thousands of businesses (as per similarWeb) including 60% of Fortune 500 every month.

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Throughout his career, Cem served as a tech consultant, tech buyer and tech entrepreneur. He advised businesses on their enterprise software, automation, cloud, AI / ML and other technology related decisions at McKinsey & Company and Altman Solon for more than a decade. He also published a McKinsey report on digitalization.

He led technology strategy and procurement of a telco while reporting to the CEO. He has also led commercial growth of deep tech company Hypatos that reached a 7 digit annual recurring revenue and a 9 digit valuation from 0 within 2 years. Cem's work in Hypatos was covered by leading technology publications like TechCrunch and Business Insider.

Cem regularly speaks at international technology conferences. He graduated from Bogazici University as a computer engineer and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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