The “last mile” – It often seems like 10

[This is a guest post from an Electric Cloud technology partner: Daniel Nelson, VP of Products at Phurnace Software (www.phurnace.com)]

In the software development lifecycle the results need to ultimately get out into production.  The application must make it onto the server, the server needs to be configured and all of the properties, paths and settings need to be correct to get the value of the application.  Those in the data center often refer this to the last mile.  And it is often a real bear.  Seems more like 10 miles at times.  Sophisticated and robust tools like ElectricCommander have automated almost all of the steps in the process, but rely on home-grown scripts to lay the applications down on app servers.  Why?  It is actually a logical approach if you have no alternative.  Every environment is different.  Every app has different settings for WebSphere (or WebLogic or JBoss) and there is no way to anticipate those differences.  Therefore – the last mile is unique to each customer and each app –the IT or dev teams write scripts.  It takes skilled resources and the scripts are always in need of attention.  Not anymore.  STOP.  That is no longer necessary.  What if ElectricCommander could hand off the EAR file to a software tool that has already pre-built a model of the environment and has made all of the JDBC, JMS, and application bindings for you?  What if it required NO scripting?  What if the “last mile” was now automated and under the control of your build and release system?  Ta Da !  It is now.  Phurnace Software is an auto deployment and configuration tool that will eliminate custom scripting.  And you can drive it all from within ElectricCommander.  The last mile is now just a step away.

–          Daniel Nelson, VP of Products, Phurnace Software

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