Trusted by over 600 companies worldwide, our experts at Automation Consultants have over 20 years of experience in the IT sector. Here, we’ve put together a guide on IBM UrbanCode and its many features to help you understand more about it. Renowned for making the software cycle run as smoothly as possible, UrbanCode also boasts IBM UrbanCode Build, which remains a firm-favourite for its conciseness in application build management. Another key element? IBM UrbanCode Velocity. This IBM programme not only manages releases, but it also delivers real-time analytics.
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IBM’s acquisition of UrbanCode in 2013 filled a DevOps gap in the manufacturer’s portfolio. UrbanCode is broken down into two main products focussed on application planning and execution.
Application Planning – IBM UrbanCode Deploy
IBM UrbanCode Deploy is used to automate the deployment of apps to different environments, typically as part of continuous integration.
The deployment of the many different components of a modern application is sufficiently complex and too time-consuming to do manually. UrbanCode Deploy automates this task and orchestrates the release of all the components of an application in a matter of moments. With this speed of deployment, deployments can be made on a whim and are typically made with every committed code change, often to multiple environments.
IBM UrbanCode Deploy automates this process and carries the main benefits of greatly reducing the amount of time needed to complete full deployment, as well as significantly reducing the chance of errors.
Deploy allows the user to import files from a PC or a source code management system, define the environment, create the application process using a simple drag and drop tool before the automatic deployment. The user can also load different versions of the same processes and deploy them.
IBM UrbanCode Deploy’s special strength is that it ‘learns’ the common aspects of similar deployments, so that deployment scripts can be reused in many different situations, without having to rewrite them every time. This saves substantial time compared to other continuous integration tools.
Key features include:
- Automated deployment of applications to different environments.
- Ability to roll back to previous and saved configurations.
- Track user activity.
- Simple drag & drop system for process design.
- Integration with UrbanCode Release and IBM RQM, allowing the running of quality tests.
Execution – IBM UrbanCode Release
UrbanCode Release tracks and manages the release of large and complex apps, including all of the different configurations that go into a release. It works as a tool to produce the plan for all the components and projects in a release.
IBM Release is particularly useful in that it coordinates releases throughout the different stages of a lifecycle. It also helps to reduce the number of errors that would normally occur due to complexity, whilst speeding up the whole release process simultaneously.
Other notable elements include the existence of a quality gate, to be set by the project manager. This is principally useful if the team is creating a model to follow for a release. The team leader can set the criteria for progression and if these are not completed, the project will
Other notable elements include the existence of a quality gate, to be set by the project manager. This is principally useful if the team is creating a model to follow for a release. The team leader can set the criteria for progression and if these are not completed, the project will not be able to progress to the next stage. Individual tasks can be assigned and tracked allowing for facilitated recognition of who has actioned what, what has worked and what hasn’t.
IBM DevOps UrbanCode
IBM DevOps UrbanCode offers a plethora of practical features to facilitate efficient application deployment, here are just a few examples:
- Plan and track releases across their entire lifecycle.
- Track, manage and review tasks.
- Preview environments.
- Integrate fully with UrbanCode Deploy and IBM RTC.
IBM UrbanCode offerings add a powerful DevOps capability to the IBM product range and are particularly powerful when combined with the CLM suite.
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Automation Consultants is a member of the IBM Value Added Partner Program and is an authorised reseller of UrbanCode. We can also provide consultancy and training to help your teams get started with UrbanCode and make the most of it. UrbanCode can be a key element in your efforts to increase efficiency and reduce cost in application lifecycle management.
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