Serena’s New Capabilities Help Organizations Embrace DevOps
Last month Puppet Labs, an IT automation software vendor, reported that high-performing organizations deploy code 30 times faster with 50% fewer failures. The survey – of more than 4,000 IT operations and development professionals in 90 countries – found a 26% increase in the rate of DevOps adoption by organizations of all sizes, compared to 2011.
This week IBM bought UrbanCode for its DevOps chops, and CA Technologies announced enhancements to its LISA DevOps-focused solutions, as well as the acquisition of Nolio. Although it won’t be available until next month, Serena Software has also made DevOps news with enhancements to its orchestrated IT solution (V4.5).
Serena, which has been around for 30 years, has 2,500 active customers, primarily global 2000 enterprise and public sector, organizations that tend to do a lot of customer development in-house, said Carl Landers, VP Product Marketing. “We’ve always been in the business of software development lifecycle tools… (and) always helped IT developers manage change to applications.”
The move towards DevOps has been going on for a few years, sharpening the interface between development and operations as agile development has generated both success and challenges, he said. “Agile development has been great in speeding up development, but then you hit release management… now come to point of how do we work better together.”
What the company is hearing from its customers is that the focus is on revenue-generating apps, or rev apps. Everybody still has to deal with the back-office applications, but the speed of change is in rev apps, said Landers. “Every industry is being forced to be an app developer.” Mobility, cloud, everybody has to have the app, the web site, the ecommerce capability to compete in the world, he said.
The DevOps space is growing and Serena needs a differentiated approach, which is to focus on rev apps, said Landers. Rev apps touch customers, so you need to change the pace of change if you’re going to keep up with your customers and competitors.
The new capabilities and highlights include: a new on-demand self-service portal to enable developers and QA/test teams to immediately obtain and remove the infrastructure required for application testing; target deployment environments now include cloud platforms Windows Azure, and Amazon EC2, along with leading virtualized environment VMware ESX/ESXi; development managers can now capture the costs of specific tasks and link them to approved change requests; and business change requests can be tracked from planning through to development. Pricing starts at $12,500 for 250 users.