As more and more software companies are adopting Agile development methodologies, the focus is shifting to Automated builds which require less manual intervention. Although Automated builds need less effort, they need a better initial planning and a solid release strategy.
So my point is here that future software industry will see more Release Consultant then Release Engineer. This way software companies will be further improving their productivity by automating their release management activities, anyway with the help of Release Consultants.
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