When we need to deploy several releases into different environments on a time-sensitive schedule, we can’t afford the luxury of mistakes. Also, it becomes critical to track down both the application planning and the execution phases closely so we can deliver results smoothly and efficiently throughout the whole application lifecycle.
In 2013, IBM made these tasks much more manageable and accessible to everyone after having acquired UrbanCode, which focuses mostly on two different stages: application planning and execution.
What Is IBM UrbanCode?
IBM UrbanCode performs application deployment automation, emphasizing automation, collaboration, efficient auditing, and team productivity. For application planning, there’s IBM UrbanCode Deploy. On the other hand, IBM UrbanCode Release focuses primarily on the execution stage.
IBM UrbanCode Deploy For Application Planning.
UCD provides automated application deployments throughout several environments as a vital part of continuous integration (CI). With many components and factors to consider, multi-environment deployment becomes too time-consuming to perform manually.
With UCD, you will not only save a significant amount of time, but you will also considerably reduce the error margin.
IBM UrbanCode Release For Execution.
UCR can track and manage the release of large (and usually complex) applications. With UCR, you can coordinate all the releases needed throughout the entire app lifecycle. Additionally, you will be able to reduce errors to a minimum while also speeding everything up.
With UCR, the project manager can establish something called a quality gate. The leader can define specific criteria needed to advance to the next stage. Until the team can complete all these checkpoints, the project won’t be able to go on.
Lastly, auditing finally becomes inherently easy to perform. Individual tasks are assigned and tracked down, allowing for seamless logging on who did what (and whether it worked or not).
IBM UrbanCode – Purpose & Functions.
- Automated, multi-environment deployment of applications
- Hassle-free rollback to previously saved configurations
- A macro vision of the project by tracking down user activity
- Process design made easy with the drag&drop function
- Seamless integration with UCR and RQM, which allows running quality tests
- Create an action plan to track app releases throughout their entire lifecycles
- Track tasks to easily manage and review your team’s operations
- The ability to preview all environments
- Seamless integration with UCD and RTC
IBM UrbanCode For DevOps.
DevOps focuses strongly on Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) by relying on automation. The main goals are to reduce deployment time, decrease market launch time, minimize errors, and speed all the processes within as much as humanly possible.
With IBM UrbanCode, you can migrate applications to more modern architectures by automating builds, deployments, and releases. On the cloud, on physical premises, within a data center, or inside the mainframe, this suite of tools will grant you a gigantic leap in DevOps.
IBM UrbanCode For DataOps.
DataOps is more than just DevOps for data analytics. However, they share some of the same goals, like reducing cycle times and creating added value. In addition to tools, DataOps also relies heavily on people to be effective, focusing on collaboration, creativity, and innovation.
Having a macro vision of an application lifecycle while making quick decisions based on valuable information is the key to successful DataOps. With IBM UrbanCode, you will get consistency and reliability while providing visibility, security, and hassle-free auditability.