Web content deployment provider Interwoven on Oct. 28 announced updates involving automation improvements to its flagship Composite Application Provisioning package.
Interwoven's CAP 3.0.1 automates and standardizes the way code, content and configuration changes are aggregated and deployed to custom Web or composite applications. The company claims that CAP automation delivers Web site code changes up to 10 times faster than manual release processes.
Automation is common in most IT departments, with tools for provisioning software patches, updates and operating systems to new servers. Developers even have automation tools for creating and updating code. Yet many Web teams still manually copy and move changes.
Interwoven CAP automates release management, while also giving IT departments a full audit trail, graphical reporting, scheduled workflow, deployment and rollback, whole application versioning, and transactional capabilities.
"So many customers are doing code changes manually, and it's a long, tedious process. They're walking them out for deployment once or twice a month, and it takes one or two people all night and all day to do this," said Annie Weinberger, director of product marketing for Web solutions at Interwoven, which has 4,600 customers worldwide.
"I've gone out and sat with the operations guy at one company, and it's the most mind-blowing experience," Weinberger said. "Because it's so tedious, they call it the 'relief party.' Sometimes it goes over a weekend. The operations guy comes in, gets a spreadsheet list of all the systems and all the changes they had to implement. They have all these configuration files, check in and check out docs-everything. They then have to manually go out to every system, copy and paste the new code pieces, redo the spreadsheets, write a manual FTP script, and walk it down to a staging environment.
"Then a developer has to check everything before it's moved to pre-production, over to regression testing and then-finally-out to production," Weinberger said.
That's the old way to do it. This is Interwoven's niche market.
New features in CAP 3.0.1 include new connecting siloed development and operations tools and updated SCM adapters that streamline the change and release process. CAP also features a more intuitive and customizable UI to provide point-and-click provisioning.
ControlHub 3.0.1, part of the CAP package, offers enhanced reporting and workflow, increased ease of use for IT, and improved UI customization.
OpenDeploy, the second portion of the CAP package that connects the IT ecosystem with out-of-the-box connectors into various development tools, adds two new adapters for integrating with additional source code management systems.
CAP 3.0.1 is available now. Go here for more information.