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February 19, 2013

Embedded M2M Solutions - Electric Cloud Launches Software Delivery Platform for Android


As more Android device vendors face the challenge of dealing with new versions of the Android operating system, Electric Cloud (News - Alert) is rolling out a new platform designed to optimize the Android, cutting delivery time by up to 75 percent.


The system is meant to help Android device manufacturers accelerate end-to-end Android (News - Alert) software’s build, test and release cycles, and is expected to be available by late March.

With new versions of the Android operating system being released rapidly, the delivery of new devices is largely based on how quickly device makers can build, test and release their devices for each version of Android OS – according to Steve Brodie, CEO at Electric Cloud.

“Android device manufacturers face an enormous challenge, namely how to speed time-to-market for Android devices without sacrificing quality,” Brodie said in a statement. “Market share capture depends in large part on how quickly Android device makers can build, test, and release innovative, high-quality software that differentiates their devices. Our new software delivery solution for Android helps customers such as Imagination Technologies (News - Alert) automate and greatly accelerate processes across the entire product lifecycle, enabling them to gain the first-mover advantage.”

Slow time-to-market, growing complexity of software release processes, and poor software quality are the most significant challenges confronting organizations today, according to a January 2013 survey conducted by Electric Cloud.

The survey revealed that more than 70 percent of Android software device delivery professionals reported long release builds (20 minutes to 4 hours) and testing cycles (1-8 hours), demonstrating that slow, unreliable builds and tests were major bottlenecks for device delivery release cycles.

In a highly competitive market, value-added software is a key differentiator, according to Christopher Rommel, vice president of M2M and embedded technology at VDC Research.

“However, releasing quality software on the Android OS is a non-trivial and time consuming task,” Rommel said. “Having an integrated software delivery solution that simplifies, automates, and accelerates the entire software development lifecycle – from development through build, test, and release – can give Android device manufacturers a distinct competitive advantage by helping them deliver high-quality devices much faster.”

The new Android workflow-based solution is integrated with Electric Cloud’s ElectricCommander and ElectricAccelerator platforms, providing end-to-end application delivery automation.

Main features of the new platform include the following:

  • Build Acceleration – The fastest build acceleration solution for Android on the market, ElectricAccelerator’s patented dependency management technology provides up to 40 percent improvement for incremental developer builds.
  • Android workflow solution and test acceleration – ElectricCommander provides an out-of-the-box workflow template for Android and test parallelization capabilities to accelerate testing cycles, including Android Compatibility Test Suite (CTS (News - Alert)), by up to 75 percent.
  • Professional Services Package – Service offering to get customers up and running quickly on the new solution for Android.

Last December, Brodie was named CEO of the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company, bringing extensive DevOps and release management leadership experience to Electric Cloud.

Prior to joining Electric Cloud, Brodie served as group vice president and general manager of the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Business Unit at Serena Software, which generated over $150 million in revenue.

In that role, Brodie led Serena’s entry and growth in release management, a cornerstone technology for DevOps.




Edited by Braden Becker


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