Everywhere you look, there is a new way of engaging customers and delivering innovation. This phenomenon is happening through Information Technology. Cars are now “moving information and entertainment centers” which operate through the confluence of digital information, location and automation. People find their destinations, restaurants, schedule their weekends and plan their parties through information technology. People lend and share money and purchase almost any consumer good through information technology. These are just a few top of mind examples—the list of ways information technology has changed everyday life seems endless.
Companies today no longer start with a product and augment with IT. Instead, they start with the digital experience and through it, deliver the product. Sometimes the entire product is digital. And as a result of this digital shift, the pace of software and digital innovation is accelerating faster than ever before. Innovation occurs in a virtuous cycle—the more we innovate, the faster innovation happens.
But software does not code itself. IT Teams need to plan, design, code, test and deliver the software into data centers and the cloud in ways that it can be easily and securely consumed and scaled. This need drives IT organizations to adopt new ways of developing, testing and delivering software with increasing speed. Practices such as DevOps and Continuous Integration and Delivery are born out of the desire to deliver high quality innovation faster than ever before.
There are so many moving parts to today’s software. Just think of how many different types of phones, tablets and web browsers a new piece of software may have to work with to meet customer needs and get a “five-star rating” Imagine this and you can quickly see how managing faster software releases across an exploding number of platforms and networks becomes something a human cannot manage without intelligent “power tools”.
Welcome HPE ALM Octane, a new class of power tool for application delivery
To meet these demands, we need a new class of application development, lifecycle and quality management software for teams and organizations. In essence, new intelligent power tools for IT. These tools need to use relationships, modern constructs like search and tagging, automation and data correlated into insights to manage the app development and delivery process. To be responsive at the speed of today’s business demands, you can’t rely on manual action or continuously mitigate the risk of human error, you need tools that will intelligently automate, drive collaboration and provide analytics to cut through the noise and focus teams on what matters most in continuous feedback loops. This is DevOps delivery and this is HPE ALM Octane—the next generation of application lifecycle management software for speed, quality and scale. Deliver digital business innovation faster, deliver better, and deliver now with ALM Octane.
There are three core aspects of HPE ALM Octane to highlight that bring Speed, Quality and Scale. There are many more capabilities that help customers deliver amazing apps fast without compromising the quality and digital user experience. But, beginning with these three will get us started:
HPE ALM Octane is architected to immediately add value on top of widely adopted Open Source developer and collaboration tools. Teams have embraced Agile dev practices and are building out DevOps tool chains leveraging powerful GIT version control and Jenkins build and Continuous Integration (CI) systems. HPE ALM Octane expands their value by managing the Agile backlog and all types of tests needed to ensure a remarkable user experience including manual and automated functional tests, performance tests, defects and incidents both found in testing and production.
Through a rich integration with CI tools such as Jenkins and TeamCity, at any time in the continuous integration pipeline process, you will have a clear and accurate view of quality and release readiness against the metrics that matter most to business.
By leveraging GIT for source control and version management of tests, testers align with developer practices, and teams have the agility that comes from a clear view of testing changes and versions, ready to execute or rollback as needed.
In addition, ALM Octane provides a clear path for manual testers to skill up and transition to a world of dev/testing and test automation. ALM Octane supports Gherkin for Behavior Driven Development, a proven software development and testing methodology that leverages a simple, domain-specific scripting language converting structured natural language statements into executable tests. With BDD, business analysts can write Gherkin tests clearly reflecting business requirements, and testers can manually execute these tests or quickly convert Gherkin tests into automated scripts helping to accelerate the adoption of test automation. ALM Octane is designed to bridge the gap between traditional testing activities and developer practices to shift testing left and adopt DevOps best practices.
HPE ALM Octane implements continuous quality in DevOps software delivery. HPE ALM Octane is designed for fast-moving App Dev and test teams that are adopting Continuous Integration for DevOps. Test execution is intrinsically linked to Continuous Integration and results are automatically available in ALM Octane’s context-driven quality and defect management dashboards or linked to contextual conversations in #ChatOps systems such as Slack. In addition, HPE ALM Octane manages the relationships between all the moving parts in a DevOps pipeline. Teams can define their applications in modules that reflect architecture and dependencies, define user stories and tests that align to application modules, code and test in pipelines, and at any time know the status of testing results and defects aligned to particular builds in the pipeline or correlated up to the overall application module to get a comprehensive view of quality.
HPE ALM Octane leverages modern ways of maintaining relationships between lifecycle activities and artifacts and drives focus in teams, with constructs such as tagging and intelligent search, so that at any time, teams can rapidly find the information needed to collaborate on quality and code readiness.
HPE ALM Octane is designed for transformative hybrid infrastructure. What do we mean by that? We see that organizations are rapidly adopting scalable hybrid-cloud, service oriented and containerized architectures for efficiency and scale. HPE ALM Octane is built for this transformation. It can be provisioned as a service or as a solution packaged for quick implementation in Docker containers. When you are looking for scale, HPE ALM Octane is designed intrinsically for hybrid cloud—to run as SaaS managed by HPE or on HPE Helion. And HPE ALM Octane is an enterprise-class platform, with support for customized business rules, user defined fields and a Swagger documented REST API that is leveraged to integrate with full lifecycle services such as HPE Service Anywhere. With ALM Octane to Service Anywhere integration, production incidents can instantly be known to development and testing teams, teams can collaborate rapidly through ChatOps and immediately reflect them in backlogs and Agile sprints, helping complete the DevOps continuous assessment feedback loop so vital to achieving consistent quality in a rapidly changing landscape.
Customers and partners around the world are showing their interest about this innovative new ALM experience. Initial feedback from over 900 beta customers—the largest Beta in the history of HP and HPE Software—describes ALM Octane as a “five-star” experience. See what the Beta Customers are saying here at TechValidate.
Kelly has over 20 years experience with enterprise systems and software in individual contributor and manager roles across product management, business development and product marketing. A majority of my focus has been in areas directly related to applications spanning from developer environments, enterprise Java, integration middleware, SOA infrastructure, SOA Governance and now application lifecycle management. Kelly has a B.S. in Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and an MBA from the University of Santa Clara.