DevOps, Agile Software Delivery Catching Fire
Meanwhile, Gartner recently released its rankings of application release automation (ARA) software providers. The Gartner report stated that ARA tools are a key part of enabling the DevOps goal of achieving continuous delivery with large numbers of rapid, small releases. Gartner sees substantial growth in this space. The research firm estimates that the ARA market grew from $20 million in 2010 to $219.7 million in 2015 and projects that it will grow by 20 percent annually through 2020. Gartner identified CA Technologies' CA Release Automation as a leader in the ARA software market. “End-to-end automation of the software code pipeline is a requirement for agile organizations focused on quickly bringing innovations to market,” said Jeff Scheaffer, general manager of Continuous Delivery at CA Technologies, said in a statement.Gartner also recognized IBM, Automic, XebiaLabs and Electric Cloud as leaders in the ARA software market. In the Agile development space, GitLab, the open-source code collaboration project that enables developers to develop, test and deploy together, recently released Issue Board, an integrated tool that simplifies the software release management process and provides real-time visibility of project issues across an organization. Issue Board enables developers to visualize and manage issues from within GitLab. The new product builds on GitLab’s issue tracking functionality. With Issue Board, issues appear as cards on the board. GitLab officials said the Issue Board is focused on improving how software is released. By providing real-time visibility and insight of all developer issues, developer teams can better prioritize where to focus their efforts. For instance, large enterprises may have 10,000 or more issues at any given time. The software also provides more accurate planning of projects as well as forecasting for each release. The Issue Board starts with two lists: Backlog and Done. And users can create up to 10 lists. In other Agile development-related news, Scrum.org, an organization formed around the Scrum development methodology and the Agile Manifesto, announced that Kurt Bittner, an expert on Agile and iterative software development approaches, has joined the company as vice president of enterprise solutions. Bittner joins Scrum.org from Forrester Research, where he was a principal analyst covering how enterprises are adopting Agile and DevOps practices. At Scrum.org, he will be responsible for enterprise-level professional software delivery initiatives. “Increasingly, organizations see software as the key for business success, but to do it well, development teams must be professional,” said Ken Schwaber, co-creator of Scrum and founder of Scrum.org. “Scrum.org, which focuses on professional Scrum through assessments and certification, training and licensed Professional Scrum Trainers, is developing enterprise initiatives to provide that organizational environment that enables multiple teams to work together more effectively.” Lastly, Blueprint Software recently launched Storyteller for JIRA, which enables companies to successfully deliver Agile development projects. The software enables developers to use process models to automatically generate user stories and their acceptance criteria and push them into JIRA—Atlassian’s popular Agile project management and issue tracking system. In Agile software development, a user story is used to describe a software feature or function that users require. Transitioning from the waterfall software development model to Agile can cause many issues for organizations, Ruth Zive, vice president of marketing at Blueprint Software, said in a statement. “A critical issue here is that business stakeholders and analysts don’t know how to write good user stories,” she said. “Storyteller for JIRA solves this issue by creating a visual process that doesn’t rely on lengthy training or a wall full of sticky notes. With just a few clicks and easily answered questions, user stories are automatically generated, streamlining and accelerating the development process.”
"CA Technologies' ARA product provides out-of-the-box support for the variety of vendors, platforms, middleware and operating systems likely needed by enterprise release teams," the Gartner report said.