How Rabobank Eliminated 99% of Release Errors

The Environment

  • Industry: Banking
  • Company: Rabobank
  • Employees: 60,000
  • One of the 30 largest financial institutions in the world
  • Unix
  • Linux
  • WebSphere, .Net, JBoss, and WebLogic

The Challenge

  • Very long delays between idea generation and go-live application of these ideas
  • Deployments were manually intensive
  • Deployment failures were common: >20% failed or delayed

The Solution

Rabobank chose XL Deploy, the market-leading Application Release Automation software. XL Deploy helps customers across all industries drive financial and business value by automating application deployment, improving quality, and ensuring compliance, while saving on operational costs.

XL Deploy transforms how enterprises release applications into middleware and cloud environments. The solution gives companies the power to automatically deploy applications securely and reliably. XL Deploy has proven to be the fastest, most cost-effective, and most scalable way to deploy applications, particularly in complex multi-tier enterprise ecosystems.


After only a year of using XL Deploy, Rabobank has been able to:

  • Reduce time spent carrying out software deployment by 60%
  • Implement continuous delivery of applications
  • Eliminate 99% of errors in the application release process
  • Accelerate time-to-market from weeks to hours
  • Cut development costs
  • Free up developers to create software that adds value to Rabobank’s business
  • Greatly accelerated application deployments
  • Eliminated deployment errors
  • Gained visibility into and oversight of development process
  • Enabled developers to focus on building software with business value

“XL Deploy has also enabled us to reduce the cost of developing software, and to improve DevOps coordination,” said Sander Ettema, manager of Unix/Linux IT Infrastructure, Rabobank. “Developers can now spend most of their time on modeling and improving code, and do not have to waste time on documentation and deployment troubleshooting. In addition, XL Deploy has enabled us to eliminate all the glitches and misunderstandings that were endemic to the manual processes.”

“We’ve gained not only precious time, but valuable assurance that our actions will be 100% successful.”


The Rabobank Group is a multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in Utrecht, the Netherlands. It is a global leader in food and agricultural financing and in sustainability-oriented banking. Rabobank is one of the largest cooperatives in the Netherlands, with more than two million members. In terms of Tier 1 capital, the bank is one of the 30 largest financial institutions in the world.

The company has hundreds of in-house and customer-facing applications, written in various languages and frameworks, running on IBM Nonstop, z/OS, AIX, Red Hat Linux, and Windows, with various kinds of middleware. XL Deploy is being used in the WebSphere Applications Server environment.

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“XL Deploy has allowed Rabobank to focus on quality by automating the process needed to develop, test and accept software. It reduced the time needed for software deployments from days to hours.”

—Sander Ettema, manager of Unix/Linux IT Infrastructure, Rabobank

XL Deploy Meets Rabobank’s Challenges with Ease

After evaluating products from vendors such as Nolio and Tibco, Rabobank selected XebiaLabs XL Deploy as the solution best suited to its needs.

“We carried out a brief proof of concept with XL Deploy,” said Ettema. “The software performed superbly with both our custom-built applications and commercial off-the-shelf software.

“XL Deploy has allowed Rabobank to focus on quality by automating the process needed to develop, test, and accept software. It reduced the time needed for software deployments from days to hours,” said Ettema.

“Before XL Deploy, it took us as long as four weeks to modify the infrastructure configuration for an application. This needed to be done for every environment: Development, Test, Acceptance, and Production. Since this was carried out manually, configurations deviated from the given standards, which resulted in a lot of time spent dealing with exceptions and unexpected behavior, and making corrective changes to various services and systems.”

“Plus, we had to document everything, which took a tremendous amount of time. XL Deploy has made our lives so much easier and more efficient as it allows us to automate the entire deployment process. Infrastructure configurations are developed together with the application code and migrated with the software towards production.”