For the second year running, we have been positioned as a ‘Leader’ in the Gartner ARA Magic Quadrant (MQ). We are honored to receive this accolade which was based on an evaluation of CA Automic Release Automation (CA ARA) v12. Coincidentally, within a week of the ARA MQ 2017 report being published, we announced the general availability of a new release: CA Automic Release Automation v12.1
The Importance of Release Automation
According to Gartner1, “By 2020, 50% of global enterprises will have implemented at least one application release automation solution, up from less than 15% today.” This statistic provides vital insight into the current technical backdrop for modern businesses and software engineering departments.
As end-users are demanding new applications and features faster than ever, organizations must construct a toolchain and environment that ensures they release customizations, enhancements and new application functionality, quickly and reliably. Speed and quality are among the many benefits that can be realized by establishing a continuous delivery pipeline.
The catch? As companies grow, they inherit more and more tools. The management of which becomes unwieldly and thus slows the development lifecycle; the antithesis of DevOps’ raison d'être. Without the correct implementation and planning, enterprises inadvertently hinder agility and are exposed to the inherent risks and delay of manual interventions.
Effective release automation solutions can be used to integrate and automate with the different products within the DevOps toolchain to form a coherent visible pipeline, eliminating a lot of the manual processes and scripts that slow a process down and lead to potential errors and/or delays. Extra flexibility can be achieved with automation solutions that also orchestrate the DevOps toolchain, as existing or legacy tools can be swapped out and replaced with new ones without impacting release cycles.
From CA ARA v12 to v12.1
CA’s evaluation in Gartner’s ARA Magic Quadrant (or MQ) is based on CA Automic Release Automation v12. As mentioned earlier, the final Magic Quadrant report appeared within a week of our CA ARA v12.1 release. In addition to further scalability to support deployments to more than 100,000 from a single engine, IPv6, there were several significant new features and enhancements introduced, including:
1. Event and Data Driven Automation Engine
As part of intelligent automation strategy, a new event engine is introduced to help you define and match criteria, based on triggers, alerts, data updates and other event types. This provides extra flexibility and control when managing deployments and reduces the amount of scripting and processing required, and means the automation engine can now respond to more sophisticated triggers, supporting up to 50,000 events per second.
2. Environment provisioning
We’ve included new blueprints to rapidly instantiate full-stack environment for dev and test purposes, making infrastructure part of the CA ARA deployment model. This means less workflows to build and maintain, and the alignment of your environments to current provisioning methods. It enables you to speed up testing and delivery cycles, minimizing the number of items in your toolchain and avoid vendor lock-in.
3. Improved UX
We have enhanced our user experience to streamline release automation development. This means faster onboarding of new applications, consistent customer experience, more insights into deployments and releases making CA ARA even easier to use.
We are very excited with the direction our product is moving in and what the future holds for CA ARA.
1 Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Application Release Automation, Colin Fletcher, Laurie F. Wurster, 27th September 2017
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