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Aldon today announced a new version of Aldon Lifecycle Manager and a new compliance solution called Build Release Management Solution.

Aldon Lifecycle Manager (Enterprise Edition) V6.0, is the latest version of its software change management solution and now has connectivity to today's most widely used version control products. This new version allows software teams to benefit from a comprehensive application lifecycle management (ALM) solution without disrupting or changing a developer's preferred version control application. The product is an integral component to Aldon's Build Release Management (BRM) solution also announced today. It demonstrates the company's continued commitment to delivering solutions that address both the IT manager and developer needs, the company said.

Aldon Lifecycle Manager plays a key role in the application lifecycle, automating the development process, facilitating team development, and deploying applications across multiple platforms while extending the reach into full enterprise development environments. This latest release goes beyond its core software change and configuration management functionality, allowing software teams to use the product more as a "Release Manager," providing a single, auditable path from build to production. Aldon Lifecycle Manager handles the builds, promotions and release management, while the version control systems (Subversion, CVS, Perforce or Microsoft Visual SourceSafe or Team Foundation) manage check-ins, check-outs, and other developer functions. Since all of the process is defined to the Aldon system, current process documentation is always visible and available.

Key components of the Aldon Lifecycle Manager (Enterprise Edition) 6.0 include:

  • Import Command: The new Aldon Import command checks in the results of the customer's build process into the first testing environment of the release. Each import results in a new "build package." The build package can then be promoted through the move-to-production lifecycle.
  • History/Traceability: The Import command collects and stores identifying information to tie the build package back to files and other inputs used in the build. The information is generally a revision number, tag or label that is meaningful to the versioning tool. The product keeps that information for so changes in each build package can be traced back to the original source code and developer.
  • Package Promotion: Build packages can be promoted through the application lifecycle as a unit. Simply select the package and click promote. Aldon Lifecycle Manager checks authorizations to ensure the package has been approved for promotion and automatically moves the package to the next stage of the lifecycle.
  • Package Deployment: As packages are imported and moved from stage to stage, Aldon LM will deploy them to the appropriate target machines/locations for testing or production. Deployment can be manual or automatic. Rules can be created to identify which packages go to which servers at each stage of the lifecycle. On import, automatic deployment may be used to automatically deploy to servers used to run build verification tests.
  • Integrity Assurance: The target environment is cleared before a promote or import to ensure that the target environment is clean before promoting the package. Since promotion includes the entire package, the Aldon solution knows exactly what is in the target environment once the promote process is complete. Users can be confident that they are testing exactly what they mean to test.
  • Failure Protection: A partial failure of an import or promote marks the target environment, preventing promotion or deployment of the package until the problem is resolved.
  • Recovery/Deployment: Should it be necessary, a previously deployed package can be selected and redeployed to replace a defective package.
  • Permissions Enforcement: Users can be individually authorized to request and/or approve a promotion. These permissions can be different for each stage of the lifecycle and for each application or version of an application.
  • Task Management: A build package can be associated with one or more tasks. The association applies to all files in the package. This allows for viewing and historical tracking by task.

Aldon Lifecycle Manager comes with a host of other benefits that helps IT shops streamline development. It allows users to quickly access up-to-the-minute information on productivity, staff utilization, application development progress, deployments, and statistics on incident resolution and other historical data. Users can improve, accelerate, and oversee the entire development processes. It can provide teams with customizable reports and dashboards that offer instant overviews of project status, metrics, and key performance indicators providing the visibility and information needed to make decisions about deploying resources and assessing the return on IT projects. It provides superior collaboration across an IT department, allowing developers and managers to see the change request information that was gathered during the initial reporting and review process and actually get involved and give technical input before mistakes can be made.

Aldon's ALM solutions have impacted thousands of end-user customers ensuring that change management, collaboration, and compliance are applied consistently across all areas of IT, the company said.

Aldon Lifecycle Manager 6.0 is available immediately. For more information visit http://www.aldon.com/products/lm/.

Aldon Build Release Management

Aldon, the company recognized as a leading visionary in Gartner Inc.'s March 2009 Magic Quadrant for Software Change and Configuration Management, today introduced a new solution designed specifically to help IT organizations address growing compliance challenges in distributed development environments while improving their application build and release processes. Aldon's new Build Release Management (BRM) solution allows development teams to use whatever versioning tool they choose (Subversion, CVS, Perforce or Microsoft Visual SourceSafe or Team Foundation) while bringing powerful automation and compliance support to their application lifecycle. Management gets the benefits of easy-to-maintain, self-documenting, automated compliance processes while developers can continue using their tools of choice.

"Our new BRM solution reflects Aldon's focus on making IT compliance simple for IT organizations no matter how complex the environment," said Matt Scholl, Aldon president and CEO. "We look forward to helping an even broader range of organizations establish best practices and address both the daily and long-term challenges they face."

The Compliance Factor

Compliance-regulatory and best practice-can be a big challenge for many. Industry analysts indicate our world is expected to get more regulated, not less. So even if IT shops are not dealing with compliance yet, they could be sometime soon. Many IT shops have resisted adopting compliance-savvy solutions because it would mean developers would have to stop working in their chosen version control solution. Fortunately, that is no longer the case with the Aldon BRM solution. It provides IT organizations with all the necessary compliance documentation they need, while allowing developers to keep working in their preferred versioning tool

The Aldon BRM solution offers the following for compliance:

  • End-to-end Process Automation
  • Simple Point and Click Process Definition/Maintenance
  • Embedded Process Documentation
  • Enforced Approval Management
  • Automated Activity Logging
  • Lifecycle Activity Reporting
  • Separation of Duties Enforcement

The Build Release Management Factor

It's not just about compliance. These days the majority of IT shops have some sort of version control tool-one, two or more. While version control tools give users the ability to manage software versioning through check-outs and check-ins, they are not designed to assist with the software build and release process or tracking code and changes to it. With Aldon's BRM solution, development shops are able to combine the cost effectiveness of ubiquitous versioning tools with the powerful application lifecycle process automation and compliance support found with Aldon, thereby extending the software change management reach into distributed environments.

From the time a build is assembled and imported into the Aldon BRM solution, it tracks, manages, and deploys an application through automated workflows and best practices. At any given time, users can see, capture, promote, and report on changes in the software development cycle. By replacing tedious manual processes, IT organizations can not only address compliance, they can reduce costs, ensure application integrity, gain efficiencies, and speed up software delivery times.

The Aldon BRM solution provides the following for build and release management:

  • Point and click package promotion
  • Guaranteed package integrity
  • Secure, authorized package deployment and redeployment
  • Complete history and traceability

The BRM Process

How the Aldon BRM works is that developers do all their checkouts, check-ins, branching, tagging and other version control functions in their preferred version control tool. Once they decide they have a build package ready, the package is automatically passed over to the BRM system. Then the build package moves through a pre-defined software development lifecycle (that is set up from the get-go) complete with all the compliance savvy functions you need like automated processes, workflows, notifications, and approvals. Management can easily track any changes and provide the necessary compliance reports. So from the time a build is assembled and imported into the system, the BRM solution tracks, manages, and deploys the application through automated workflows and best practices. At any given time, users can see, capture, promote, and report on changes in the software development cycle.

Rather than relying on scripts or manual procedures to create compliant move-to-production processes, the Aldon BRM solution provides simple point and click setup function for creating and maintaining approved workflows. Once the workflows are defined, the system enforces and automates them, relieving the staff of that administrative burden.

Aldon's BRM solution makes it easy for development and operations to coordinate efforts, reducing the costs associated with promoting new code to production. With visibility into exactly what has been changed in each package and enforcement of standard procedures, operations staff can forestall potential risks before pushing code into production.

The Best Uses for Aldon BRM solutions:

  • Working on Multiple Releases and Applications Simultaneously: Applications can be broken down into versions or releases. This helps maintain custom versions or modified packaged applications and also lets developers maintain a production version concurrently with a new version under development.
  • Addressing Compliance: Managers can always view, control, and report to auditors every change, all along the development road. Aldon makes achieving IT compliance easy which leads to increased productivity and higher quality software.
  • Gaining Visibility Across Lifecycle: Any build package can be associated with one or more tasks. The association applies to all files in the package, allowing a full view of history.
  • Keeping Build Package Integrity: With the complete ability to capture, see, track, and report on all changes, users have the capability to maintain package integrity and automate workflow.
  • Not Impeding Developers: Developers can use whatever version control tool they so choose. Development teams can work in isolation and stay in their own environment until it's time to build the package. Then Aldon takes over, and if the package has to go back to them, it brings the history of what happened with it helping developers know what happened.
  • Failsafe Build Promotion: When a partial failure of a build package happens the target environment is marked, preventing promotion or deployment of the package until the problem is solved.
  • Air Traffic Control for Build Packages: Aldon ensures that the appropriate files are automatically deployed to the correct locations throughout the software development process. When it comes to application deployment, Aldon deploys the components to appropriate target locations at every stage. This means that the solution will automatically gather, package, distribute, and install application components to all target platforms with the greatest of ease.

Aldon's BRM solution combines the automated workflow capabilities of Aldon Lifecycle Manager, with the deployment and release functionality of Aldon Deployment Manager. Together the two provide a powerful, efficient way to manage the application release process, from initial build through final deployment into the production environment.

Aldon's Build Release Management solution is available immediately. For more information, visit http://www.aldon.com/sol/brm/ov/.

About Aldon

Aldon calls itself the ALM company for IT compliance. For more than 25 years, the company has been expert in providing application lifecycle management solutions to ensure that change management, collaboration, and compliance are applied consistently across all areas of IT. Through its user-centric approach to process management, its service, change, and release management products help users focus on what they do best-providing superior services, rapidly developing applications, and efficiently managing your IT operations. Behind the scenes, Aldon helps users increase productivity, accelerate time-to-market, fully understand their IT assets, and easily achieve compliance with regulatory standards. A true testament to Aldon's products is its customer base with over 1,300 companies worldwide in over 70 of the Fortune 100. These companies rely upon our solutions to manage their global IT business and operations processes including application development, network operations, and services management. Aldon is headquartered in Emeryville, California, and has offices around the world serving more than 60 countries.

Aldon provides application lifecycle management (ALM) for the business of IT. We offer flexible ALM for complex environments; simplified ALM for complex work; and uncomplicated ALM for complete visibility and collaboration.

For more than 30 years, we have been the experts in providing ALM solutions to ensure that change management, collaboration, and compliance are applied consistently across all areas of IT whether you develop using agile, waterfall, iterative or other hybrid methodologies. Through our user-centric approach to process management and workflow automation, our change, release & deployment, agile, and service management products help you focus on what you do best—providing superior services, rapidly developing applications, and efficiently managing your IT operations. Behind the scenes, we help you increase productivity, accelerate time-to-market, fully understand your IT assets, and easily achieve compliance with regulatory standards.

A true testament to our products is our customer base with over 1,300 companies worldwide in over 70 of the Fortune 100. These companies rely upon our solutions to manage their global IT business and operations processes including application development, network operations, and services management.


 

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    There’s no shortage of actions you could take, but what tactics will actually deliver the results you need? And how can you find a security strategy that fits your budget and time constraints?
    Join top IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he outlines the five fastest and most impactful changes you can make to strengthen IBM i security this year.
    Your system didn’t become unsecure overnight and you won’t be able to turn it around overnight either. But quick wins are possible with IBM i security, and Robin Tatam will show you how to achieve them.

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

    SB PowerTech WC GenericA growing number of compliance mandates require sensitive data to be encrypted. But what kind of encryption solution will satisfy an auditor and how can you implement encryption on IBM i? Watch this on-demand webinar to find out how to meet today’s most common encryption requirements on IBM i. You’ll also learn:

    • Why disk encryption isn’t enough
    • What sets strong encryption apart from other solutions
    • Important considerations before implementing encryption

     

     

  • Security Bulletin: Malware Infection Discovered on IBM i Server!

    SB PowerTech WC GenericMalicious programs can bring entire businesses to their knees—and IBM i shops are not immune. It’s critical to grasp the true impact malware can have on IBM i and the network that connects to it. Attend this webinar to gain a thorough understanding of the relationships between:

    • Viruses, native objects, and the integrated file system (IFS)
    • Power Systems and Windows-based viruses and malware
    • PC-based anti-virus scanning versus native IBM i scanning

    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. IBM i security expert Sandi Moore explains the facts, including how to ensure you're fully protected and compliant with regulations such as PCI.

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

    SB PowerTech WC GenericCyber attacks often target mission-critical servers, and those attack strategies are constantly changing. To stay on top of these threats, your cybersecurity strategies must evolve, too. In this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

     

     

     

  • 10 Practical IBM i Security Tips for Surviving Covid-19 and Working From Home

    SB PowerTech WC GenericNow that many organizations have moved to a work from home model, security concerns have risen.

    During this session Carol Woodbury will discuss the issues that the world is currently seeing such as increased malware attacks and then provide practical actions you can take to both monitor and protect your IBM i during this challenging time.

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic3 easy ways to get IBM i data into Excel every time
    There’s an easy, more reliable way to import your IBM i data to Excel? It’s called Sequel. During this webinar, our data access experts demonstrate how you can simplify the process of getting data from multiple sources—including Db2 for i—into Excel. Watch to learn how to:

    • Download your IBM i data to Excel in a single step
    • Deliver data to business users in Excel via email or a scheduled job
    • Access IBM i data directly using the Excel add-in in Sequel

    Make 2020 the year you finally see your data clearly, quickly, and securely. Start by giving business users the ability to access crucial business data from IBM i the way they want it—in Microsoft Excel.

     

     

  • HA Alternatives: MIMIX Is Not Your Only Option on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this recorded webinar, our experts introduce you to the new HA transition technology available with our Robot HA software. You’ll learn how to:

    • Transition your rules from MIMIX (if you’re happy with them)
    • Simplify your day-to-day activities around high availability
    • Gain back time in your work week
    • Make your CEO happy about reducing IT costs

    Don’t stick with a legacy high availability solution that makes you uncomfortable when transitioning to something better can be simple, safe, and cost-effective.

     

     

  • Node Webinar Series Pt. 1: The World of Node.js on IBM i

    SB Profound WC GenericHave you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application.
    Part 1 will teach you what Node.js is, why it's a great option for IBM i shops, and how to take advantage of the ecosystem surrounding Node.
    In addition to background information, our Director of Product Development Scott Klement will demonstrate applications that take advantage of the Node Package Manager (npm).
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  • The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security

    SB Profound WC Generic The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security
    Here’s the harsh reality: cybersecurity pros have to get their jobs right every single day, while an attacker only has to succeed once to do incredible damage.
    Whether that’s thousands of exposed records, millions of dollars in fines and legal fees, or diminished share value, it’s easy to judge organizations that fall victim. IBM i enjoys an enviable reputation for security, but no system is impervious to mistakes.
    Join this webinar to learn about the biggest errors made when securing a Power Systems server.
    This knowledge is critical for ensuring integrity of your application data and preventing you from becoming the next Equifax. It’s also essential for complying with all formal regulations, including SOX, PCI, GDPR, and HIPAA
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  • Backup and Recovery on IBM i: Your Strategy for the Unexpected

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates the routine tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable. Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution. Key features include:
    - Simplified backup procedures
    - Easy data encryption
    - Save media management
    - Guided restoration
    - Seamless product integration
    Make sure your data survives when catastrophe hits. Try the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated message management
    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
    - Seamless product integration
    Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Easiest Way to Save Money? Stop Printing IBM i Reports

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution. Key features include:

    - Automated report distribution
    - View online without delay
    - Browser interface to make notes
    - Custom retention capabilities
    - Seamless product integration
    Rerun another report? Never again. Try the Robot Report Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated batch, interactive, and cross-platform scheduling
    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
    - Seamless product integration
    Scale your software, not your staff. Try the Robot Job Scheduling Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • ACO MONITOR Manages your IBM i 24/7 and Notifies You When Your IBM i Needs Assistance!

    SB DDL Systems 5429More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. ACO MONITOR manages your Power System 24/7, uses advanced technology (like two-way messaging) to notify on-duty support personnel, and responds to complex problems before they reach critical status.

    ACO MONITOR is proven technology and is capable of processing thousands of mission-critical events daily. The software is pre-configured, easy to install, scalable, and greatly improves data center efficiency.