Software packaging as a Service

Raynet offers different operation models of packaging: onsite, remote and mixed operation

Software packaging

Software packaging can be done onsite at the customer or in one of Raynet’s packaging factories (Remote). For long-term packaging projects Raynet recommends a mixed operation. In this case, the packaging takes place onsite (created in the customer environment) as well as in an independent location. To carry out testing, we set up an image corresponding to the standard client of the customer. The exchange of information and data can be controlled with our workflow tool RayFlow, if desired. This is how we achieve a high level of effectiveness and conformity with our customer`s clients.

For certain applications, it is necessary to package these onsite, e.g. in case of hardware dependencies, if a client-server solution cannot be simulated or in case of safety-critical applications. Onsite packaging is also recommended if only a small number of packages need to be created.

Package Factory

Virtual Package Factory

Software Packaging Factory

Evaluation process

A simple, automated tool for generating professional documentation and descriptions of each installation step.

Collision and compability management

Checking the readiness of application software for different environments, such as operating systems or system snapshots (“Golden Image”).

Best-of-breed Software packaging

The Software packaging solution RayPack enables the packaging and repackaging of software applications.

 

Quality Assurance

RayQC is a cross-industry, rule-based tool for creating and processing inspection criteria in one or more checklists.

Best Practice Workflow Management

A workflow toll which links all software management components, ensures a flowing work process, integrates third-party products and is customizable.

 

The No.1 for setting up your software packaging factory

» With Raynet we have a partner at our side with many years of experience in building packaging factories and a very interesting integrated tool approach. Hundreds of successful projects and the largest number of certified packagers and trainers worldwide were further convincing arguments for cooperation. «

Marcus Zimmermann, Managing Director of Bechtle Remote Services GmbH & Co. KG

We build your Software packaging Factory

Raynet has decades of experience in building software packaging factories for customers as well as for IT service providers and manufacturers. Our employees have been involved in many packaging projects for more than 16 years and not only carry out practical packaging work, but often also determine the packaging guidelines and processes of the companies. With RayPack Studio, we offer you powerful software solutions for the automation and acceleration of complex packaging processes. This is the optimal basis for a modern factory that offers complex services in best quality at attractive prices.

The perfectly coordinated software solutions enable efficient and fast processing of the respective phases. The all-in-one solution has central data storage and a consistent, uniform user interface in a state-of-the-art design. All modules of the overall solution can be used either as a whole or as modules. Tools already in use, which you already use today, can be connected to the workflow tool RayFlow and continue to be used optimally throughout the process. Both technologically and economically, this represents a unique solution for you.

What is the Virtual Packaging Factory?

The Raynet Virtual Packaging Factory is consisting of services based on a methodology used by the involved parties who follow agreed upon processes with defined interfaces and handover-procedures.

It manifests itself physically  through its infrastructure, such as computers, rooms, buildings, furniture for staff, etc. Since the physical manifestation can be done easily and principally everywhere, the Packaging Factory can be setup anytime, or vice versa, any setup group can be part of the Factory by simply following their process rules. That gives the factory an enormously flexibility and that is, why Raynet calls it a “Virtual Packaging Factory”.

It raises the throughput of packages, enhances its quality, and lowers the throughput -costs and also the costs for staffing. Any outside disturbances or developments (e.g. increasing labor costs) can –at least to a certain degree- be compensated by the factory‘s flexibility.

Advantages of the Raynet software packaging factory

The Raynet SoftwarePackaging Factory helps customers and partners to prepare software for the purposes of deployment and unattended installations/uninstallations without heavy investment in in-house packaging resources or know how.

Based on an on-site/nearsite/off-site model, the Raynet customers and partners (on-site) and the PF (off-site) provide the perfect blend of dedicated project management and experienced consulting.  Partners are able to increase their customer retention by doing the consultancy on client site and become the interface to the off-site packaging division of Raynet.  The factory gives customers –and partners- access to:

  • rapid, reliable and cost-effective method for outsourcing software packaging
  • In-depth knowledge of application packaging and software distribution
  • Experts in repackaging existing legacy installation packages from any vendor to MSI format Comprehensive understanding and consultant expertise in Microsoft Windows Installer technologies and .MSI standards Cost-effective Windows MSI packaging service
  • Drive TCO costs down, while delivering high quality software on-time and on-budget
  • Once packaged, applications can be quickly installed on a range of desktops in multiple locations, saving administrative costs

How does this work?

Step 1. Structured packaging requirements gathering

Experienced Raynet experts provide an onsite Workshop for an as-is-analysis, also training, tools and methodology to this process, but the key ingredient is the leadership of a skilled company who develops a strong relationship with the customer and who knows their business requirements, processes and standards. By necessity this step requires on-site consulting.

Step 2. Creating the Package

Once the requirement gathering is complete, the Raynet packaging team goes to work. Using the award winning best-of-breed tools and drawing on many man-years of packaging experience, the packaging team will repackage applications to the customers individually configured standards. This can also include virtualization or conflict management.

Step 3. Testing and integration

Once the applications are packaged they must be subject to rigorous testing, integration and quality assurance. This, of necessity must be done at the customer site and requires the help of a skilled consultant who is familiar with Raynet’s packaging methodology and the customer’s specific requirements and standards. A complete set of tools automating and controlling the complete life cycle of software (RaySuite) is ready to run your software management. The factory represents a part of that, doing a part of evaluation, the complete packaging and quality assurance. You have the option to automate the deployment, which will be seamlessly integrated. With RaySuite you also have the option to automate and embed the steps happen prior to do evaluation and packaging, such as checking your software on suitability for the target platform or do inventory and licensing in your portfolio.

Enterprise Software Packaging – Virtual Package Factory

  • Quicker: Switching between different customer environments and operating systems has never been easier
  • Cost-efficient: The products of RayPack Studio are licensed once and can access any number of virtual machines without additional licensing
  • Cleaner: Your packaging environment stays clean because snapshots can be managed automatically
  • Convenient: The configuration of the virtual environment is automatically transferred to the RayPack Studio products
  • Simpler: The one-time configuration eliminates the need to install prerequisites or other services

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