ElectricFlow 8.0 with DevOps Insight
August 30, 2017
Insight is an industry first, providing teams with automated data
collection and powerful reporting to connect DevOps toolchain metrics
and performance back to the milestones and business value (features,
user stories) being delivered in every release.
As the frequency, volume and complexity of application releases
increases, teams struggle to collect and report on metrics from the
myriad of DevOps tools, environments and processes involved.
Understanding the status of individual features or stories in a release
requires manual scraping of data from various tools, and error-prone
spreadsheet analysis to accurately map data points back to their
Teams require a simple, repeatable way to collect and view information
from any DevOps tool along the pipeline, in the context of a single
release. With all data centralized in one place, teams can gain instant
insights into the status of the releases, easier troubleshooting
analysis of bottlenecks or specific tasks along the pipeline, and spot
trends at a glance, in real time.
According to Forrester Research, Inc.'s August, 2017 TechRadar™:
Continuous Software Delivery, Q3 2016, "Many vendors are focused on the
'workflow' problem, but few are focused on being able to link the status
of a build in the pipeline back to the status of a user story, an epic,
a business capability, or a customer outcome," the report states. "As
pipelines multiply and products are composed out of many different
services, rolling this data up will become even more important. Right
now, business leaders lack an easy way to understand whether a
particular release will actually deliver the business value they were
"Our releases have many moving parts, and touch many teams. Manual data
collection, the lack of consistent metric reporting and other ad-hoc
analysis techniques and tools made it difficult for us to report on
release payload and status quickly, accurately, and consistently," said
John Esser, senior director of data center operations and SaaS at
AdvancedMD. "With the new ElectricFlow release, we look forward to
simplifying data collection to make it easier to slice and dice the data
to optimize our delivery pipelines and gain up-to-the-minute insights
about individual application releases."
DevOps Insight, built on ElasticSearch and LogStash, is delivered as a
tightly integrated stand-alone Business Intelligence (BI) server, which
isolates reporting requests from pipeline orchestration to eliminate the
threat of performance impact. By extending ElectricFlow's existing
catalog of off-the-shelf plug-ins, DevOps Insight is able to pull key
metrics from any tools being orchestrated as part of the end-to-end
delivery process—from user story tracking and build automation to test
automation and operations. A software development kit (SDK) allows teams
to easily extend the solution to capture custom metrics from new tools.
An out-of-the-box Release Command Center dashboard displays this
toolchain information in a consolidated, easy-to-interpret view,
enabling teams to instantly glean the quality, health and status of a
release and its business value. In addition, a powerful drag-and-drop
GUI allows users to easily create custom reports and dynamic dashboards
to visualize information in a way that works for any audience.
"Many organizations we talk to report having 60 or more tools in their
software delivery pipelines, which makes reporting cumbersome and 'fast
feedback' difficult for them to achieve," said Steve Brodie, CEO of
Electric Cloud. "ElectricFlow 8.0 with DevOps Insight is the only
product of its kind to give executives and technical users alike a
timely, repeatable way to understand the status of their releases and
the business value being delivered."