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ARCAD Software recognized in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Release Automation


Chavanod, France — Oct 24, 2017.
ARCAD Software today announced that it has been recognized in Gartner’s 2017
“Magic Quadrant for Application Release Automation” report for its DROPS solution.1

Vendors are selected for the Magic Quadrant based on two main criteria, their “ability
to execute” and their “completeness of vision.” The “ability to execute” evaluation
criteria is based on factors such as product or service, overall viability, sales
execution/pricing, market responsiveness/record, marketing execution, customer
experience, and operations are taken into account. The “completeness of vision”
evaluation is based on factors such as market understanding, marketing strategy,
sales strategy, offering (product) strategy, business model, vertical/industry strategy,
innovation, and geographic strategy. Direct feedback from customers is obtained as
part of the assessment.

Thirteen vendors have been included in this year’s Magic Quadrant.

The report positions ARCAD Software as a niche player and recognizes its
completeness of vision and ability to execute.

Philippe Magne, ARCAD CEO, commented today: “ARCAD is currently experiencing
what is surely the greatest transformation in its history. We believe the most
significant symbol of this change is our official entry into Gartner’s Magic Quadrant in
the ‘Application Release Automation’ category. We see this as a recognition of our
potential, and we are proud to be seen as a major player in Release Management,
which is, and will always be, at the very heart of our business”.

Evolving from ARCAD’s early foray into multi-platform release management back in
2005, DROPS now targets a much wider view of application release automation,
which ARCAD have defined as “business release coordination”. This encompasses
an automated end-to-end continuous delivery workflow from business strategy
through to end-user. Known as deployment plans, dependencies between releases
are handled transparently and users are shielded from the complexity of multitechnology
deployment and rollback. DROPS also secures the deployment of critical
data such as parameters or configuration data, as a vital safeguard of application
reliability in production.

The 2017 Magic Quadrant for Application Release Automation report predicts that by
2020, 50% of global enterprises will have implemented at least one application
release automation solution, up from less than 15% today.
Magne concludes: “We are ready and aware of the potential of the DevOps market
and have already seen our revenues grow by 30% this last year. We have been
building up staff and skills in Europe, USA and Asia in particular. We are
nonetheless a relatively small sized player who has always put the needs of our
customer base first. It is by bringing our customers directly into the design process
that we have developed this agility and a capacity to innovate. We are confident in
our strategy after 25 years in the business of software innovation.”

1 Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Application Release Automation,” by Colin Fletcher,
Laurie F. Wurster, 27 September 2017

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About ARCAD Software
ARCAD Software group is leading international vendor of DevOps and Modernization
solutions, supporting multiple platforms including IBM i, UNIX, Linux, Windows and
z/OS. Since 1992, ARCAD has built on its specialist IBM i expertise to develop an
integrated and multi-platform solution range for Application Lifecycle Management,
Enterprise Modernization, Release Management, DevOps, Test Automation and Data
Masking. The company operates through headquarters in Europe and subsidiaries in
US and Asia, and ARCAD technology is distributed by IBM worldwide. ARCAD
solutions integrate with Rational Developer for i (RDi), Rational Team Concert (RTC),
GitHub, JIRA, and also open source tools Git, SVN, and Jenkins.

ARCAD’s product for Application Release Automation, DROPS, is a standalone
solution, but can also be used in conjunction with external tooling such as IBM
UrbanCode Deploy, Docker, Ansible, Chef and Puppet.

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