The True Cost of Delays In Deployment

Is there anything worse than finding out something isn’t going to arrive when you thought it would? Well, after the disappointment has faded you quickly realize that it costs a lot more than just your good mood. Seems sensible that we should all be aiming for fewer delays, but how do we achieve that? Cutting the delays involved in deploying apps is an obvious goal that lead developers and app managers aim for. But often there is greater focus on just processes rather than the tools those processes run on. It’s all well and good clearly outlining responsibilities and SLAs, but if the tools that help achieve those things aren’t up to scratch, those goals will stay out of reach. From A To Z And Back Again Let’s set the scene, you’re working in a business with hundreds or thousands of apps, a full team of in-house developers, and offshore development capacity that your team taps into as necessary. It’s fair to say that in this situation there are so many moving parts involved in your app portfolio they can’t possibly be managed by one person. Well, we’ve worked with multinationals where a single FTE has actually been responsible for

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GIT Is Great – But So Are We

GIT is the most used version control system in the world, it’s been around for decades. A lot of potential customers we speak to use GIT as a corporate standard, and it’s always difficult to get across that we aren’t competing with GIT, but that we can just help businesses in ways that it just can’t. Look, we’ll show you. It’s an easy comparison to make, we understand that. GIT manages some of the key things that PlatformManager also takes care of, the difference is – it’s not purpose-built for Qlik or the business environments that Qlik is deployed in. GIT isn’t going anywhere, but we are growing because our solution does things it can’t, and those things are the keys for your business to unlock true control over app development, testing, and deployment. GIT Isn’t Always The Best Answer We’re writing this having had far too many meetings with prospective clients who can’t get over the fact that GIT does some of what PlatformManager does. It’s a common roadblock that we have to overcome, and we’ve figured out the easiest way to explain it. GIT is a very professional solution, but it focuses on a different audience than us.

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How Can A CEO Trust A Dashboard?

A CEO bases their decisions on data. They do that because they’ve learned how important it is to make decisions around insight. Some of these decisions have massive implications on the short and long-term success of a business, so it’s an understatement to say that data is important. So how can CEOs trust what they see on screen? There are many reasons that people come to distrust what they see in an app. Whether it’s inconsistencies in presentation, or old data still being delivered, people responsible for building BI applications need to know how to deliver up-to-date, accurate data, in the way their business users need – particularly if it’s the CEO. But what’s stopping them from doing that already, and how can they overcome these roadblocks? What CEOs Need To See There are two components that determine the quality of analysis – data and the overall quality of the app. Firstly, the output of any app is going to be built on data. The end product can have a perfect UX, but if the data isn’t up to standard, then the app won’t be as effective, or reliable, as it could be. There is a wide range of governance

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Giving A Helping Hand To BI Developers

BI developers are an often underappreciated bunch. They work to rapidly shifting business needs, tight deadlines, and often, with little appreciation. So wouldn’t it be great if you could make their lives easier? Well, luckily you can – just take a look at how PlatformManager helps. When we talk about our solution we often look at the direct business impacts. But the great thing about a tool that makes businesses better is that it often has a really positive effect on the people who use it. Doing the best for your developers and arming them with tools that make their job simpler, and their lives easier, can only lead to better work, so let’s show you how PlatformManager lends a helping hand. Managing Change Think, for a moment, of a team of developers, and we’re not talking about two people sitting across from each other at a desk, we’re talking about teams of five or more – particularly those who are working remotely. They might all be tasked with working on changes to the same app at the same time. This app is likely to be live for business users, so downtime stops other parts of the business from operating.

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Using Qlik: Great Oversight Is Vital

Keeping development projects running smoothly starts with being able to see what is going on. If you’ve got lots of developers involved in every stage of your app build then things can quickly get complicated – which is when great oversight really starts to shine. As you grow, you’re going to need more developers working on more apps, and so the complexity of your day-to-day Qlik development operation will increase rapidly. You need to be ready for this so that you know precisely what your people are doing. Trouble Tracking? Many companies these days outsource some, if not all, of their development. This is a great way to source talent as and when you need it; but it does come with some drawbacks. Being able to manage developers from across the world and get them to collaborate effectively with one another is a challenge you might be familiar with. Typically, companies don’t have a single solution to this problem. While development is often outsourced, deployment is almost always kept in-house because businesses want to retain control of the apps they deliver. Within that motivation to retain control is the key factor of security. Giving external developers access to a deployment

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Deployment Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult

If you’ve ever had a hand in releasing a new version of an app, you’ll be familiar with the fact it’s a time consuming, repetitive process – with lots of potential to go wrong. Thankfully, there is a better way. Automation is now a massive part of business – and that’s just as true for many traditionally manual IT activities. However, the same cannot be said for app deployment, which remains largely manual. But, technology can do at scale what people can’t; and that’s where PlatformManager comes in. It’s Just Too Much If you want to move an app from one server to another, there are so many individual steps involved that when you take a step back and look at them all, you see how ridiculous it is to do it manually. Without going into too much detail, here is a quick list of some of them. You have to: Log into the acceptance server Select the file you want to publish Download each individual file onto your system Copy them to the destination server (which you need access to at an admin level) Upload all the files individually Reload the production data (this can take hours) Finally, you

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The Safety Net Of Good Version Control

Keeping track of every app in development, testing, and production is a challenge that many businesses face. With so much manual work, as well as the risk of errors, it’s no wonder that companies are finding new ways to manage their version control. Version control is a critical process and is often the difference between end users being able to get on with what they need to do and the support ticket system filling up with angry requests to get things working. For businesses that try to manually handle version control, a lot of problems crop up very quickly. So what’s the solution? Seeing is the first step in solving If you’ve got a single developer working in 3 week sprints, the chances of your business being overwhelmed by managing changes to apps is pretty low. However, as soon as you start introducing larger teams of developers – particularly if they’re working across multiple time zones – keeping on top of version control quickly becomes a real hassle. Add deadlines to lots of separate people working on the same projects and you have a recipe for disaster. Part of what makes PlatformManager so effective for DevOps teams is that it

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PlatformManager’s ‘Why’

                  After nearly 10 years of experience, we aren’t new to the world of BI. However, we wanted to talk about why we do what we do, and how it helps businesses with gaining value out of their Business Intelligence environment We’re not ones to brag or talk about ourselves too much (!), so we’ll keep this to the core concept of why we exist and what we want for our customers and our future. Helping deliver BI in a better way and more cost-effective is the very essence of why we exist,  so let us show you how it all started. The Beginning We officially started in 2013 based in the Netherlands and we’ve now grown to support over 200 customers globally. The idea for Platform Manager started with our MD and Owner Jeroen Gerritsen who, previously to Platform Manager, worked on several BI projects. He found himself deploying his own processes to help manage the problems that naturally occur when more than 1 person tries to work on something at once. During a training session, he was asked about version management within BusinessObjects, and he realized that, not only was

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Webinar Global Product Update June, 7 & 8

More information and register here! About the event: Take the opportunity! In this free webinar from only 60 minutes you’re updated on our new product features, roadmap and other topics. Sounds like an hour well spend! This 1-hour update session will be organized in 3 different time slots so that most of you will be able to participate during working hours. Topics that will be discussed are: – What has been delivered in 2021? – Roadmap plans for 2022. – Our approach towards Qlik Sense SaaS. – PlatformManager Version 5. – Healthcheck and Update Service offering. – Customer Support Portal. More information and free registration: More information and register here!

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