Tracy Ragan

Tracy Ragan is COO and Co-Founder of OpenMake Software. Tracy has extensive experience in the development and implementation of business applications. It was during her consulting experiences that Tracy recognized the lack of build and release management procedures for the distributed platform that had long been considered standard on the mainframe and UNIX. In the four years leading to the creation of OpenMake Software she worked with development teams in implementing a team-centric standardized build to release process.

Latest from Tracy Ragan

  • Agentless Release Automation for Continuous Delivery

    Agentless Release Automation for Continuous Delivery

    Agentless release automation is the correct choice for the lean data center pursuing DevOps and continuous delivery.  After years of experience working with server based build systems, I say this with absolute confidence.  I know firsthand what headache agents can cause in builds.  Repeating this architecture in the deployment process is just wrong.  Before making
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  • DevOps – A History Lesson

    DevOps – A History Lesson

     “DevOps has been done before – Mainframe Endevor stands for ENVironment for DEVelopers and OpeRations.”  Anonymous Mainframer Why is Endevor spelled incorrectly? One evening at a conference, I was having dinner with a mainframer and asked him “why is Endevor spelled wrong?”  He simply stated, it is an acronym for “Environment for Development and Operations.” 
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  • Continuous Deployment – The Final Step of Continuous Delivery

    Continuous Deployment – The Final Step of Continuous Delivery

    We are almost there.  Agile practice has driven the adoption of continuous build orchestrated by a continuous integration workflow.  Continuous build has led us to continuous test now driven by the continuous delivery pipeline.   The final piece of the puzzle is continuous deployment. Continuous build and continuous deployment have some factors in common.   The build
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  • Defining the Continuous Delivery Tool Chain

    Defining the Continuous Delivery Tool Chain

    Tools for automation With so many tools serving the continuous delivery market, what job each tool does may be unclear. This article explores the roles of IT Automation, Application Release Automation and Test Automation for building out a stronger and broader continuous delivery pipeline. Continuous Delivery is the process of pushing new code up the
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  • Continuous Delivery – Challenges for the Data Centre

    Continuous Delivery – Challenges for the Data Centre

    The last agile mile So you are a developer who has adopted agile development methodologies, you use a continuous integration server and you have started down the path to continuous delivery. Congratulations, you are moving in the right direction to fully recognize the benefits of agile.  What I often call ‘the last agile mile.’  Like
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  • Continuous Delivery Vs. Application Release Automation

    Continuous Delivery Vs. Application Release Automation

    I am often asked, “if we are using a continuous integration server and adopting a continuous delivery pipeline, why do I need application release automation (ARA)?”  Good question.  In a nutshell, continuous delivery (CD) is a process, and ARA is part of the CD tool chain.  It is best to think of CD as a
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