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Tech Talk: Making “Infrastructure as Code” a Seamless Part of Releasing Apps

Are you using an infrastructure configuration management solution and wondering how it fits with your continuous delivery strategy? Executing infrastructure as code should be part of an end-to-end, automated deployment and release process, enabling you to gain better visibility, control and governance—and reducing the time to resolve errors.

In this session, you will learn:
•How tools like Chef and Puppet Enterprise fit into an overall continuous delivery strategy
•How these tools can be even more effective when working alongside an application release automation solution such as CA Release Automation
•How CA Release Automation’s seamless, out-of-box integrations with Chef and Puppet work to execute recipes to verify and setup the underlying environment upon which the application being deployed will run (DEMO)
Recorded May 26 2016 33 mins
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Making Continuous Delivery Possible
New approaches like DevOps or the adoption of a Digital Transformation strategy are meant to make life easier and simpler to creating quality applications faster with better quality and at lower costs, but do they? Maybe. They’ll help put structure in place for team collaboration or deliver an experience your customers won’t forget, but development teams still face the constraints of development through deployment. From Application Development, Testing and Deployment organizations and their customers have had to deal with ineffective service delivery, compounded by the silos of development, system administration, and operations.

CA solutions for Continuous Delivery and Agile Development can help you eliminate constraints across the software delivery lifecycle (SDLC), allow developers, testers and performance teams to work in parallel for faster delivery and more reliable outcomes, all the way through deployment and feedback from IT Operations – CA Technologies categorizes this in three disciplines Parallel Work Streams, Quality Acceleration and End-to-End Automation. Get the information you need when you need it in these thought provoking sessions live or on-demand.

Join this webcast channel to receive updates, best practices and advices from industry thought leaders on how to eliminate constraints across the software delivery lifecycle (SDLC), allow developers, testers and performance teams to work in parallel for faster delivery and more reliable outcomes, all the way through deployment and feedback from IT Operations.

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