This page is about the deployment process in Appian and the different ways you can deploy updates to your applications. To learn how to deploy your applications and packages, see Deploy to Target Environments.
Deploying packages is how you release your application updates to end users and deliver value. A package is a collection of Appian application changes that a developer can deploy to another environment. You can use packages containing new and updated objects to enhance an application in the target environment via a deployment. Preparing a package is an important step in the deployment process and involves understanding what changes you need to deploy and how these changes will affect your target environment.
To deploy, you prepare a package with the relevant objects, and then move it from a source to a target environment.
There are three methods for deploying a package in Appian:
In addition to deploying enhancements as described above, you can also use the following types of packages to deploy new applications and change administration settings in the target environment:
Make sure you understand object-specific behavior before importing or exporting packages for deployment.
Your packages may depend on other files or scripts such as:
Direct deployments are an out-of-the-box approach to simpler deployments, with fewer manual steps and predictable outcomes. This supports continuous delivery by allowing you to deploy packages frequently and reliably.
For those looking for a streamlined deployment process with minimal setup effort, Appian recommends using compare and deploy.
A post-deployment process is a process that automatically runs after a direct deployment has finished on an environment. From this process, you'll be able to access key information about the relevant deployment.
Post-deployment processes provide flexibility, which allows you to automate tasks, leverage third-party tools, and customize your workflow. Automating your post-deployment steps helps you reduce manual tasks and errors.
Appian offers a set of tools that helps organize your deployment processes and further reduces manual steps: the Automated Deployment Manager.
The Automated Deployment Manager consists of two tools:
These tools are best used in conjunction to enhance your deployment process.
For more information about the full benefits of continuous delivery through automated deployment, see the DevOps Quick Start Guide.
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