I’ve heard increasing interest from customers in tools to help them plan, manage and execute the release management process.  I was thrilled when, a few months ago, Claude stopped by and demoed for me a new tool that InCycle is building called “InRelease”.  It is an add on to Visual Studio/Team Foundation Server that helps address this important area of application lifecycle management.

InRelease 2010 is for Microsoft development teams that are seeking to reduce the complexity, cost, and risks of release management. It provides a number of features to accelerate and reduce the cost of the release process:  

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  1. Automates the release process and dramatically reduces the script and configuration files needed
  2. Streamlines the approval workflow for all roles – Development, IT, Business and Release Managers
  3. Integrates and leverages Team Foundation Server to assemble components into applications         
  4. Integrates validation checkpoints between applications and environments to prevent errors in the release process
  5. Works with virtually any technology

Learn more about it here: http://www.incyclesoftware.com/Products/tabid/125/Default.aspx

Check it out and let me know what you think…

Brian