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How to Speed Up Software Release Rates

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-01-2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    How to Speed Up Software Release Rates

    Bottlenecks that emerge during software testing and quality assurance slow down the frequency of software releases, and many firms don't use the latest tools.
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    79% of the IT decision-makers surveyed said increasing the frequency of software releases is a priority for their organization, and it would help them increase business objectives.
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    76% said they are able to release software features quickly enough to beat their competition.
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    Despite the push to increase software release rates, 64% of the IT decision-makers admitted that this elevates the potential for failure.
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    54% said they've experienced a bottleneck at the software testing and quality assurance stage that slowed down software release frequency.
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    73% said they automate software testing as much as possible to accelerate releases, but 81% said there are additional ways to further automate this.
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    60% of the IT decision-makers said security concerns have prevented them from accelerating the software testing process.
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    73% said their organization has implemented official DevOps processes to integrate development with IT operations.
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    DevOps Is Key

    73% of the IT decision-makers surveyed said DevOps remains a key to increasing software release frequency, while maintaining security and quality.
 

CIOs and other IT decision-makers are committed to increasing the frequency of software releases. However, boosting the rate of these releases often leads to eventual failures, according to a recent survey from Appvance. The resulting report, "IT Decision-Makers: State of Software Release Efficiency," indicates that security concerns often play a major role here. Meanwhile, bottlenecks that emerge during software testing and quality assurance efforts will often slow down the frequency of software releases. In addition, many organizations are not taking full advantage of the latest in automation tools for software testing. Fortunately, the majority of companies have launched official DevOps processes, and these initiatives are expected to help them accelerate software release rates, while maintaining good security and overall product quality. "Enterprises have adopted agile and continuous delivery processes to improve efficiency and productivity and to deliver business results," said Kevin Surace, CEO of Appvance, "but they often maintain traditional thinking about software testing, which has not changed significantly in over 20 years. As a result, companies still struggle to get past [obstacles] created by old test automation tools that can't move as fast as DevOps moves." An estimated 200 U.S. enterprise IT decision-makers took part in the research, which was conducted by Vanson Bourne.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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