What is software deployment?
An effective software deployment process includes the tasks that make a software system available to users — from software development to testing to monitoring. For enterprises, software and application deployment most often entail installing, updating, and uninstalling third-party software. The PDQ suite includes convenient features up to the task.
Must-have software deployment features
The best solution for your business can make software installation and updates painless. However, you'll need the right features to get the most bang for your buck. Here are features you might look for in a software deployment solution, like PDQ Deploy & Inventory and PDQ Connect.
Your schedule is busy enough as it is. A software deployment solution should be able to automatically and silently install updates across any number of systems. Automated software deployment limits interruptions for both you and your users.
Schedule remote software deployment when it’s most convenient. You don’t even need to be in the office. Finally take those vacation days!
Automate tasks using PowerShell (.ps1). If Visual Basic (.vbs), registry file (.reg), or batch file (.bat) are more your style, Deploy & Inventory have you covered.
Initiate software deployments when an offline computer comes back online. Never leave a machine behind again!
To keep systems secure and up to date, you need a window into your environment. A software deployment solution should give insights on your fleet, allowing you to target machines and confirm packages deployed without a hitch.
Use prebuilt or custom groups to monitor software versions. Then, target machines with outdated software for updates.
In Deploy, set notifications to see how things went. No more nail-biting tension wondering if your deployments succeeded!
Document software and hardware details to show your boss who’s — well ... boss.
Remote and on-prem deployment
With more and more employees working remotely, you need to reach Windows devices wherever they may be. PDQ’s product suite offers agent-based and agentless solutions built for the job.
With PDQ Connect, you can distribute software to any remote Windows device with the agent installed as long as it’s connected to the internet. That means you don’t have to keep wrangling users to connect to VPN!
No need to get out of your chair! With Deploy, you can distribute software to on-prem and VPN-connected machines with just a few clicks.
Prebuilt and custom packages
Whether you want to deploy popular packages or customize to your heart’s content, Deploy and Connect make it easy.
You know your environment better than anyone, so the PDQ suite puts you in control of your deployments.
Software deployment for remote devices
Use our new agent-based solution, PDQ Connect, to keep your fleet up to date and secure via the cloud. View real-time data, deploy software using custom or prebuilt packages, and automate IT tasks — from one platform to any internet-connected Windows device.
PDQ vs. leading software deployment competitors
PDQ Deploy & Inventory’s software deployment
PDQ Connect's software deployment
Custom computer groups
Agentless over-network deployment
Extensive ready-to-deploy Package Library
Custom script deployment
Integrated inventory management & software deployment
Easy setup and use
Extensive knowledge base
Customer service from former sysadmins
Software deployment FAQs
What are the benefits of software deployment?
Software deployment improves security and efficiency. Any business that uses multiple computers can’t escape the need for streamlined deployment. Thankfully, a software deployment tool maximizes the advantages while limiting potential hurdles. Pairing a convenient software deployment tool with an effective process can reap a wide range of benefits:
Heightened efficiency and productivity
Improved patch management
Expanded user insight
Increased software update frequency
How do you incorporate software deployment?
To incorporate a software deployment process, follow these steps:
Assess your needs
Maintain a network inventory
Choose the best tool for the job
Develop a software deployment policy
Create a testing environment
Automate, automate, automate
What are software deployment best practices?
Following software deployment best practices can reduce system downtime, limit errors, and make your IT team’s job a little easier. Each best practice could help optimize your process and improve your efficiency, so consider these tips:
Establish a clear process with a designated checklist
Get rid of unnecessary software
Apply patches quickly
Automate processes whenever possible
Review deployment metrics
Have a rollback plan in place
It’s worth considering any and all best practices, but only your team can determine what’s ideal for your environment.
How do you choose the right software deployment solution?
Whether you just want to install the occasional Windows Update or maintain a diverse collection of apps, selecting the right software deployment tools requires weighing your needs and goals against a solution’s features. Generally, a remote software deployment tool gives your team members more flexibility since they don’t have to physically access each machine in the fleet. However, consider these steps to decide what’s best for your business:
Assess your budget
Determine whether you need a remote installer
Consider the solution’s functionality
Evaluate any included package library
Weigh how the solution fits into your process
Before committing to a solution, schedule a demo to see how it works. Having an expert walk you through the functionality can give you a better idea of how your deployments will play out.
How do you deploy software to remote devices?
The easiest way to deploy software to remote endpoints is through an agent-based solution. Remote software deployment tools, such as PDQ Connect, are designed specifically for the unique needs of remote and hybrid environments. Once an agent is installed on the target Windows device, you can collect data and deploy software whenever that device connects to the internet.
If your fleet is on-prem or hybrid, PDQ Deploy & Inventory might fit the bill. These solutions work for devices connected to your LAN, but they can also deploy to remote endpoints connected to your VPN.