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Strategies for Effective Acceptance Testing – Part I

Strategies for Effective Acceptance Testing – Part I

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Automated testing is at the heart of any good Continuous Delivery process and I see automated Acceptance Testing as being one of the foundations of any effective testing strategy. In my book ‘Continuous Delivery’ we defined Acceptance Testing as asserting that the code ‘did what the business wanted it to do’. The distinction that we […]

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XL Deploy plugin for Tibco BusinessWorks

XL Deploy plugin for Tibco BusinessWorks

| October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Tibco Business Works plug-in manages the deployment of Business Works applications, application configuration as well as EMS Server artefacts such as queues and topics. The plugin leverages AppManager standard commands in order to create, update and delete Tibco BW and EMS components and eliminates the tedious scripts generally used to perform variable substitutions. Use XL […]

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Automated Software Delivery = $100K Per Day

Automated Software Delivery = $100K Per Day

| October 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Many of our customers have successfully automated their software delivery process to improve DevOps and keep pace with business demands. A great example we particularly like to point to is a satellite imagery firm that started delivering application updates sooner and then realized a return of $100,000 per release day! This particular organization is a […]

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Why, for many, delivery automation is the Right Thing To Do right now

Why, for many, delivery automation is the Right Thing To Do right now

| September 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

A couple of months ago, ZeroTurnaround, makers of popular development acceleration tools such as JRebel, halted their foray into the release automation space and killed off their LiveRebel product. ZeroTurnaround’s Alex Laats recently followed that up with a post that tried to explain the renewed focus on development tooling by outlining why he felt “the […]

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Customers Rule — Get Used to It

Customers Rule — Get Used to It

| September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

The might of the Customer — a ridiculous idea just a few years ago — is felt everywhere these days.  No corporation is immune. No boardroom can dodge the topic. Customers have gone from being faceless nobodies to ‘those who must be obeyed.’ The so-called ‘Age of the Customer’ is touching every facet of corporate […]

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How we made our Community Plug-ins Easy as Pizza

How we made our Community Plug-ins Easy as Pizza

| September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Because we support different stacks of middleware, we wanted to make open source plug-ins available to everyone. In this way, our customers have the ability to copy the source code and build new plugins from source. In the past we created a single repository on GitHub for our community and open source plugins. But, there […]

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Saving Two Days in Production for Each Iterative Release: A Q&A with Julien Charier of SmartFocus

Saving Two Days in Production for Each Iterative Release: A Q&A with Julien Charier of SmartFocus

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Many of our customers achieve great things with XL Deploy, our agentless deployment automation solution. One such example is SmartFocus, which specializes in delivering personalized marketing messages in real time. I recently had the chance to interview Julien Charier, the Configuration Manager at SmartFocus, to talk about his experiences with XL Deploy, which his team […]

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What Does ‘Good’ Look Like?

What Does ‘Good’ Look Like?

| September 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

Can we get Software Development right? I think that we have a problem in the software development industry. A significant proportion, if not the majority of practitioners have never seen, let alone worked on, an efficient project. This is a scary thought! If people don’t know what good looks like, how can we expect them […]

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How Deployment Automation Solves 3 Common Worst-Practice Errors

How Deployment Automation Solves 3 Common Worst-Practice Errors

| September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

A couple of days ago I was reading “The Ultimate Book of Heroic Failures” by Stephen Pile while waiting for a flight; it’s a very amusing book and I would recommend it to anyone, but not digressing it led me to consider and examine some extremely common examples of worst practices I’ve seen in my […]

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Continuous Delivery in the Real World: Moving to CD with a complex portfolio and compliance requirements

Continuous Delivery in the Real World: Moving to CD with a complex portfolio and compliance requirements

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

In a previous post, I talked about how helping users handle the challenges of adopting Continuous Delivery in the real world is one of our key goals at XebiaLabs. I shared excerpts from one particular thread and would like to continue in the same vein here. This discussion focuses specifically on the challenges of a […]

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