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Last Updated Nov 24, 2014 — DevOps Expert

An introduction to XL Deploy and Siebel

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Like pretty much all companies out there today, organizations using Siebel are facing increasing business demands to deliver CRM functionality and content faster and faster. Siebel, however, may not be the most agile application or platform running in your environment today. This can make it a bottleneck for innovation and prevents you from meeting the demands of the business and, potentially, your customers.

Organizations using Siebel are facing challenges with

  • High operational costs caused by long release weekends involving many specialist resources
  • Unplanned downtime and error prone deployments to Siebel caused by lengthy, complicated deployment manuals containing many manual steps
  • Very complex and time-consuming troubleshooting of production incidents due to lack of insight into which configuration is running where in your Siebel landscape
  • Inability to meet business and customer demands in a timely manner as the number of production releases to Siebel is limited due to the high risk of failure

The solution: XL Deploy for Siebel CRM

xld-oracle-siebelXL Deploy is the market-leading deployment automation tool. With XL Deploy, you can easily create environment-independent deployment packages containing your Siebel content and configuration and ensure the same Siebel configuration is deployed from Development to Production in a reliable, predictable, fully automated way. XL Deploy for Siebel CRM can:
  • Deploy any package exported using Siebel ADM
  • Deploy any component/configuration setting that can be created using the Siebel COM API, such as data validation maps, symbolic URLs and positions
  • Handle Siebel Repository files (imprep/ddlsync)
  • Invoke Siebel methods such as activating workflows
  • Allow you to easily manage elements of your Siebel Enterprise installation, such as (web-)servers and gateways, through XL Deploy’s simple web-based UI.
One of the benefits of using XL Deploy is that the tool will generate a deployment plan. While generating the deployment plan it will take into account the current situation, the desired situation and possible dependencies between components. This results in a deployment plan giving you insight in the actions that are going to be performed during the deployment and can be viewed from the XL Deploy GUI as shown below.siebel-blog-plan-executionLearn more about XL Deploy’s unique agentless architecture, deployment rules, its extensive library of additional out-of-the-box content, fully automated rollback and and more here. Check out our technical deep-dive into the XL Deploy plugin for Siebel to learn more!

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