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Business mashup assists application release process

Serena Software has launched a business mashup designed to facilitate communication among developers, operations and users during the application release process.

Serena Software, an enterprise lifecycle management company, has launched a new business mashup designed specifically for the application release process. The company said this is the first business mashup to solve the classic problem associated with traditional application release -- communication and collaboration among application developers, IT operations, and business users during the release process.

Serena Application Release Manager provides closed-loop coordination between all the stakeholders to ensure that more applications are released on schedule and without surprises.

Serena Application Release Manager combines Web 2.0-based workflow capabilities with ChangeMan ZMF, a Software Change and Configuration Management (SCCM) application for the mainframe, to help manage the application release process, from initial change requests through final deployment into the production environment.

As with any Serena business mashup, the Application Release Manager includes a visual process designer with out-of-the-box process templates that can be easily customized to suit individual needs. As a result, all of the project stakeholders can coordinate their activities.

The power to track and approve projects over a Web-enabled mobile device means participants can keep tabs on the process from any where at any time, reducing the risk of having to roll back a critical release, the company said.

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