Forrester analyst Jean-Pierre Garbani recently published a case study analyzing how leading financial trading company City Index achieved agility with release management automation. In the report entitled ‘City Index Becomes Agile with Release Automation’, Garbani explores the challenges of keeping up with rapid development and how City Index overcame these challenges using Nolio’s Application Release Automation.
At City Index, half of its software delivery efforts were spent ‘pushing’ deployments across developments, QA and pre-production environments. The IT service delivery team needed a way to accelerate application deployments across environments without any additional staffing, resources or overhead.
There was a severe disconnect in the speed at which development was able to create applications versus productions ability to release. Any attempts to move towards agile processes were then null and void as production became the major bottleneck. By adopting application release automation, City Index was able to automate 90% of its release processes effectively eliminating the bottleneck.
“For us accelerating deployment translates not only into our ability to scale deployment capacities and gain operational agility, but also lets us free up our operation and service delivery teams to focus on and promote other initiatives. Nolio’s permission model has enabled us to empower other teams to make deployments. This has lead to less frustration in QA and development, leading to more productive and focused teams.” – Toby Young, City Index CIO
City Index Group is one of the leading global providers of retail trading services, transacting in excess of 1.5 million trades per month for the group’s customers around the world. City Index trading platforms give access to thousands of global financial markets via contracts for differences (CFDs), margined foreign exchange (FX) and spread betting. City Index’s business is built around its innovative technology, software and web applications.