Figure 1-1. PPM Center components shows a simple four-step deployment process for a patch release.
The first step, Release Patch, is a decision step where a user is notified that a decision needs to be made, in this case, should the patch be released. After manually approved, the process moves to the second step.
The second step, Test to PreProduction, is an execution step where the patch (object) is automatically deployed from one environment to another environment. As part of this second step, the patch is deployed and a user is notified that the deployment has been completed. After the execution step is complete, the process moves to the third step.
The third step, Verify Patch, is a decision step where a user is notified to check and verify that the patch successfully deployed from one environment to another environment. After verified and manually approved, the process moves to the fourth and final step.
The fourth step, Close (Success), is an execution step that automatically closes the deployment process and automatically notifies users of the successful closure of the patch release.