8 Ways Application Release Orchestration Boosts Your DevOps in 2024

Are you looking to optimize your software delivery workflows in the new year? Adopting release orchestration could be the DevOps booster you need.

This in-depth guide will walk you through 8 key benefits release orchestration provides for modern development teams. You’ll see how orchestration tools can help you ship higher quality code faster in 2024 and beyond.

Let’s dive in…

Streamlined Communication Between Teams

Delivering software requires tight collaboration between different roles – developers, QA, Ops, InfoSec, and more. Communication breakdowns between these teams can quickly derail releases.

Release orchestration acts like a “mission control” for code delivery pipelines. It provides a unified platform for visualizing workflows and coordinating handoffs between groups.

You gain features like:

  • Real-time pipeline dashboards everyone can see
  • Notifications when tasks are completed or need input
  • Detailed views into where bottlenecks/issues are occurring

This centralized orchestration enhances understanding of release processes across teams. 74% of organizations reported improved collaboration from using orchestration tools, per a CloudBees survey.

With workflow orchestration, communication becomes more efficient. Context switching decreases. Teams stay aligned and releases move smoothly from commit to production.

End-to-End Visibility Across Environments

Monitoring code as it flows from dev, test, staging, and prod is crucial for release velocity. But disjointed tools and siloed teams can limit environment visibility.

Release orchestration gives you an easy way to track releases from beginning to end. At any point, you can check dashboard views to see:

  • Where a release is currently sitting
  • Deployment status across environments
  • Associated tickets/issues
  • Links to logs and test reports

Drilling intotimeline views lets you quickly diagnose blocks and pinpoint the root cause of problems.

Release Orchestration Visibility Example

With end-to-end visibility, you speed up debugging, optimize release processes, and gain critical insights into pipeline performance.

Automating Manual Tasks Saves Significant Time

Let’s face it, developers prefer writing code to manual deployment work. But releases require many time-consuming tasks like:

  • Configuring/provisioning environments
  • Deploying builds
  • Managing handoff of artifacts between tools

Release orchestration lets you automate these mundane workflows. Provisioning, deployments, and handoffs can be easily orchestrated across your toolchain.

Orchestration Automation Examples

What does this mean for teams?

  • 83% less time spent on deployment tasks (reported by Fidelity Investments)
  • 95% faster time to delivery with automated pipelines (McKesson‘s metrics)

That’s huge productivity gains! Eliminating tedious toil lets developers focus on writing amazing code vs. fighting environments.

Standardizing and Scaling Deployments

Consistency can be hard with different environments and dependencies. Getting changes rolled out correctly takes customized scripts and tribal knowledge.

Release orchestration provides reusable pipelines to standardize deployments across stacks and clouds. Configurations and dependencies are built-in and version controlled.

Benefits include:

  • Reliable rollouts with fewer errors and failures
  • Faster time to deployment with automated rollouts
  • Compliance via review controls and approval gates
  • Scalability to push frequent code changes

Standardization via orchestration acts as an assembly line for code changes. You can finally achieve continuous delivery at scale!

Accelerating Feedback Cycles

Bugs and issues are unavoidable when building complex software. The key is detecting them early through test automation, monitoring, and user feedback loops.

However, reproducing a specific user-reported bug can be challenging. Recreating the exact conditions requires coordinating many interdependent factors.

Release orchestration simplifies reproducing release environments on demand, allowing rapid debugging of defects. Teams can quickly:

  • Spin up the specific version, build, and config reported
  • Identify root cause through logs and analytics
  • Push a hotfix build once the fix is verified

75% faster resolution of critical production issues is achievable according to Gartner research. Shortened feedback loops lead to higher quality and user satisfaction.

Empowering Self-Service Within Guardrails

Developers need flexible access to the environments and tools they rely on. At the same time, governance and security must be maintained.

Release orchestration allows you to provide self-service access with necessary guardrails in place. Users can leverage:

  • On-demand provisioning of pre-approved stacks and templates
  • Automated deployment of vetted, compliant releases
  • Role-based access control to limit actions

This creates frictionless “infrastructure as code” experience for users while still upholding InfoSec and compliance policies.

Embedding Security Deep in Pipelines

Regulations mandate strict controls for changes moving to production. Traditionally, security checks are tacked on at the end, slowing down delivery cadence.

Release orchestration lets you shift security left by embedding it within pipelines. Automated scans, policy enforcement, and approvals ensure:

  • Issues are discovered immediately at commit
  • Only compliant builds are released
  • Audit trail tracked for every change

Security and governance become built-in vs. bottlenecks. Release risk decreases while velocity increases.

Boosting Productivity and Innovation

When repetitive tasks and issues are eliminated, developer productivity takes off. Your teams can redirect that saved time into higher ROI initiatives:

  • Building amazing new features
  • Improving internal tools
  • Exploring new technologies

Gap Inc. reported a 20%+ productivity increase after optimizing workflows with orchestration. That’s time they got back to invest in strategic priorities.

Unburdening teams amplifies what they can accomplish. Orchestration clears the path for increased innovation and business impact from your developers.

Ready to step up your DevOps game in the new year? Here are the core benefits covered:

  • Enhanced team communication and visibility into the release process – Keep everyone aligned
  • Faster deployments and reduced manual toil – Release more frequently
  • Improved quality and user experience – Fix issues rapidly
  • Standardized and scalable pipelines – Deploy consistently
  • Embedded security and governance – Reduce release risk
  • Increased productivity and innovation – Accelerate outcomes

Adopting release orchestration is a proven way to maximize developer productivity, software quality, and release velocity.

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