OpenMake Meister Enables Predictive Release Deployment Analysis

OpenMake Software demonstrated integration of its Meister build-to-release management offering with CA’s Configuration Management Database (CMDB). This technology enables automated predictive analysis of enterprise-wide application release and deployment based upon Build Forensics generated by OpenMake Meister when components are constructed.

Meister is an innovative seventh-generation build-to-release management solution and community-developed knowledgebase. Through its Build Services and Build Forensics features, Meister bridges development efforts and production-deployment processes by automatically generating detailed component-dependency information that is immediately useful when staging updates to PCs, workstations and other deployment targets.

Internal and external business requirements, rapidly evolving technologies and new approaches to rapid application development typically accelerate the application development-and-deployment lifecycle. This involves tasks that are complex, with processes that typically involve several enterprise organizations and multiple geographies. As a key lifecycle participant, Meister assembles and maintains detailed software construction and dependency information in a community-oriented environment that is available to everyone, including software application build and release teams.

Through analysis of information maintained in CA’s CMDB and the Build Forensics developed by Meister, application release and deployment processes are able to accurately predict potential breakage and identify specific versions of applications and components that must be staged to any managed device within the Enterprise. This breakthrough approach avoids manual labor and errors while eliminating outages and hidden costs associated with updates that break end-user work environments.

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CMDB release-management integration works by extending Meister’s approach to deep component-dependency scanning. As each version of an application is constructed, Meister manages and documents the hierarchal relationships among versions of applications, supporting components, middleware, subsystems and operating platforms. These dependencies may exist between multiple source files within an application, associated application components and among application and infrastructure elements. Meister’s dependency mining provides an XML-based self-documenting roadmap to these relationships at both a macro and micro level.

Meister discovers dependency-mining information about every version of each application component potentially deployed to a target platform. Since the CMDB retains details about components available on each platform throughout an enterprise’s infrastructure, this information can be used to predict the success or failure of releasing and deploying new and updated software. Analysis of Meister forensic data could identify an application’s dependency on incompatible sub-components or a specific target workstation’s need to upgrade an application, component or subsystem.

Meister Technology from OpenMake
Meister technology actively manages software builds, going well beyond executing ad-hoc scripts and process automation. Meister lets an organization build upon and share build best practices throughout the enterprise by refining build definitions and execution processes through extendable Build Methods. Meister eliminates redundant, repetitive manual work by actively adapting, generating and tuning build-control elements and doing deep dependency scanning for thorough component discovery.

Build managers and developers construct and extend Meister Build Methods through an advanced user interface based upon the Eclipse RCP. Meister ships with a large library of immediately usable Build Methods that incorporate 13-plus years of OpenMake’s applied experience in build support for more than 35,000 users at 400 installations. Like other Eclipse-based development tools, Meister is extendable, and it participates in the open Eclipse ecosystem.

Meister builds components by consistently managing parameters, directories, source code and build-object characteristics across all of the dissimilar languages, development tools and target-execution environments that a complex project embraces. Where others stop at a single programming language like the Java language, or a single closed-deployment environment, Meister extends the development team’s reach to consistently build and manage new technologies as they appear. This saves time and money as it allows developers to focus on function and component quality instead of the repetitive mechanics of just making software builds succeed.

About OpenMake Software
OpenMake Software has been the innovator of Build-to-Release Project Management and Best Practices solutions for global 2000 organizations since 1995. By revealing the mysteries of the build to release process, Openmake Software enables IT teams to increase collaboration, adaptability and speed. Through its innovative Build Services and Build Forensics, OpenMake links development efforts to production results, while consolidating error prone redundancies normally found in ad hoc scripts. With more than 35,000 users worldwide and over 400 installations, OpenMake bridges the gap between development efforts and production results. OpenMake Software is a member of the Eclipse Foundation, and CA, Serena Software and MKS are among their OEM and Reseller partners. Education and integration services are available immediately through OpenMake Software Professional Services.

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