Like many teams, I’m sure, we are trying to squeeze every drop of effectiveness out of our time. Manual build and deployment not only takes up valuable time, but also acts as a drag on the development process. Anything which pulls developers out of “the zone” is a bad thing for productivity.
We usually use the familiar “ant” build tool for building deployable artefacts, but have found it increasingly fiddly as our expectations have grown. And ant is hardly useful at all for real-world deployment tasks.
It may be the time to re-consider other build and deployment options.