IT Architecture and Strategy Review – Development Architecture

Assignment: Review of the software build- and deployment architecture (part of the software development environment)

Situation: Our client, a major European Insurance company based in Düsseldorf, has a very complex, 4-tier application infrastructure. Aim of the review was to shorten cycle time of software artifacts, to get stage containment in place and reduce build- und deployment efforts significantly.

Approach: We analyzed the as-is organization, processes and tools and proposed a set of technical and organizational measures.

Key Accomplishments:

  • The target KPI’s were more time for developers to develop and test code (previously restricted by the long lead times for build and deploy) and much better quality in the user-facing test stages.
  • The study resulted in a set of technical (i.e. more automation) as well as organizational actions. Return on investment will be approx. 5-6 months.

(03/2012 – 05/2012)

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