Application Release Automation (ARA)
Definition - What does Application Release Automation (ARA) mean?
Techopedia explains Application Release Automation (ARA)
Different types of approaches for ARA have different benefits. For example, a package-based approach often succeeds in automating the server layer of a development process. This approach can collectively handle much of the work that goes on throughout the networks to deliver certain benchmarks in development. This approach can also offer relatively easy rollback if needed. By contrast, a declarative-based approach may mean more attention to the application layer of the process. Meanwhile, in an imperative-based ARA approach, developers may focus on a particular programming language and commands for doing certain things in a specific sequence for development.
Application release automation is also related to the issue of DevOps, another relatively new idea in IT. DevOps is a combination of development and operations, an approach in which developers collaborate on creating automated release structures for software.