Agile Development Infrastructure—on Premises or in the Cloud?

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support services (e.g., common configuration management or testing environments and tools). In the PaaS option, there are new choices where you can establish the platform locally. One such choice is the Agile platform by Outsystems which provides an on-premises solution that equips the team with all of the required tools to integrate, assemble, deploy, and operate web business solutions using agile methods.

 

It’s wise for organizations to share space in existing datacenters, much like the co-location as a service option. Also, some organizations may utilize renting in the local cloud optio,n meaning that the organization can establish infrastructure co-ops that can already has many of the infrastructure needs of a product team. The reality is that most product teams have fairly similar infrastructure needs (platform, development environment, CM tools, test environments, etc.). Organizations would be wise to deploy an infrastructure service model to make it quicker and easier for new product lines to get their infrastructure established. This can be particularly advantageous to new product lines utilizing agile methods.

 

Summary

As you consider each of these approaches, take a good look at the amount of your budget, need for control, and even the development methodology you are considering. These factors can help you better evaluate the best infrastructure model that is best for your needs. While lesser in importance, there are other inputs that can factor into your decision making to own or rent. These include the consideration of the various development support tools that may or may not be available including configuration management (CM), test, defect tracking. Their availability may lean you toward one model or the other. Ultimately, it is good to know that, while there are choices that keep you on the ground (on-premises infrastructure), you can also reach for the sky (cloud infrastructure!).

 

About the author

Mario  Moreira's picture Mario Moreira

<strong>Mario Moreira</strong> is a Columnist for the CM Journal, a writer for the Agile Journal, an Author, an Agile and CM expert for CA, and has worked in the CM field since 1986 and in the Agile field since 1998. He has experience with numerous CM technologies and processes and has implemented CM on over 150 applications/products, which include establishing global SCM infrastructures. He is a certified ScrumMaster in the Agile arena having implemented Scrum and XP practices. He holds an MA in Mass Communication with an emphasis on communication technologies. Mario also brings years of Project Management, Software Quality Assurance, Requirement Management, facilitation, and team building skills and experience. Mario is the author of a new book entitled “<strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0470746637?tag=cmf06-20&amp;camp=213761&amp;cre... Configuration Management for Agile Teams</a></strong>” (via Wiley Publishing). It provides an Agile Primer and a CM Primer, and how to adapt CM practices for Agile Teams. Mario is also the author of the CM book entitled, “<strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Software-Configuration-Management-Implementation-R... Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap.</a></strong>” It includes step-by-step guidance for implementing SCM at the organization, application, and project level with numerous examples. Also consider visiting Mario’s blog on CM for Agile and Agile adoption at <a href="http://cmforagile.blogspot.com/">http://cmforagile.blogspot.com/</a>.
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