Overview of Releases and Distributions

A release is a group of packages and related requests that need to be deployed together. Release management provides an interface through which users can group, view and execute these packages. You can add packages to a release either by including a Ready for Release step in the package workflow or by the release manager through the Release window.

For example, a product update release is scheduled five months from now. To ensure a smooth product delivery, all changes are tracked to the original code using release management. As developers complete packages, those packages are included in a release and processed together. By grouping every required change in the release, you can quickly assess the state of the product delivery.