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CloudBees announced general availability of the first two modules of its Software Delivery Management solution.
The modules focus on feature management and engineering productivity use cases. These use cases tie directly to critical elements of the Software Delivery Management vision: To solve challenging software delivery problems for organizations and enable them to continuously deliver software efficiently across all teams, tools and technologies while integrating wider business functions.
Software Delivery Management aims to better connect organizations’ cross-functional teams to the software delivery process. By providing more visibility across the software development life cycle (SDLC), improving processes and encouraging more seamless collaboration, Software Delivery Management helps organizations deliver better software and measure business outcomes from software development efforts. CloudBees is essentially building the equivalent of a CRM, or system of record, for software delivery.
The two modules, available by the end of 2020, build upon the powerful and highly connected system of record CloudBees has established for the next-generation software delivery platform. The modules give engineering managers and leaders the visibility, connectivity, control and insights they need to unblock bottlenecks in the software delivery process.
“We previously introduced our vision for Software Delivery Management as a market category,” said Shawn Ahmed, SVP and GM, Software Delivery Automation, CloudBees. “Last year, we brought that vision into focus by building an extremely powerful and highly connected system of record to be the backbone of our offering. This year, we are leveraging that work by announcing the general availability of CloudBees Software Delivery Management in Q4 2020 with the first two modules that tackle specific challenges organizations have today. This is only the beginning!”
The first of the two new modules takes an initial step in solving higher-order feature management problems and grants product development teams control over the features that get issued in software releases. Extending the developer-centric CloudBees Feature Flags technology, product development teams can begin to manage features holistically, grouping and controlling sets of flags for coordinated progressive delivery.
With this new module, feature releases can be decoupled from deployment schedules. Product development teams will be able to release new capabilities with reduced risk on a schedule that fits the business and user needs. Product development teams will now have the tools to better manage large numbers of feature flags while simultaneously providing improved visibility and control to non-technical stakeholders.
The second CloudBees Software Delivery Management module is focused on engineering productivity and will help engineering managers and leaders deal with the ongoing struggle to gain visibility into the development process. Using the module, leaders can better understand whether their teams are spending time working on the right priorities, moving quickly enough to deliver value on time and maintaining the quality of the software the organization expects to deliver. The module leverages the foundational capabilities of Software Delivery Management by connecting tools and importing data into the system of record, where it is then normalized and democratized. It gives engineering managers and leaders the insights they need to ensure resources are being properly allocated towards initiatives based on business priorities and customer value.
“In our product research efforts around Software Delivery Management, we found that our customers face the same challenges we do - namely, how do we measure and continually improve engineering efficiency, and deliver product value faster and of higher quality,” said Susan Lally, SVP, Product Development, CloudBees. “That validated that both feature management and engineering productivity were widespread pain points in the industry, so we prioritized bringing these two Software Delivery Management modules to market first. Gaining more control over feature deployment and deeper insights into the development process will give customers the control, visibility and insights they need to deliver software more quickly and efficiently.”