Executives are excited by the prospect that Application Release Automation will eliminate the problems associated with application delivery to production environment.

This excitement is anticipated by Gartner’s Hype Curve. Here DevOps and Application Release Automation are located close to the peak of inflated expectations. Picture1This implies that attributed utility is significantly higher than the “Plateau of Productivity”. The belief that release automation will be the magic wand that will remove all gaps in delivery to production environments is unfounded. Two obstacles prevent this from happening:

  • Changes in the application require modifications to the automated release manifest. These will become much more frequent as a result of Agile and DevOps; and
  • Changes in the production environment similarly require modifications. This is the result of Virtualization.

Production Assurance is therefore a vital tool verifying the authenticity correctness of delivery to the production environment.