5 Ways the Micro Focus DevOps Suite can help you scale Agile and DevOps in your organization

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Facing communication and collaboration challenges as you strive to expand your DevOps practices to enterprise-scale? You’re not alone. That’s the subject of a new Micro Focus white paper, How to Build a DevOps Toolchain That Scales, which says that some 40% of 191 technology influencers and decision-makers in a recent BizTechInsights survey feel the same way.
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Larger organizations often find that teams working side-by-side are using different tools. Even within the same team, multiple tools are sometimes used to do the same thing. Unless these tools are tightly integrated, this is going to be a bottleneck for communication and collaboration. For successful DevOps at enterprise scale, this is the bottleneck you must remove. Otherwise, coordinating within and across the teams is going to take up more of your time than it should.

One way of removing this bottleneck is by enforcing the use of a single toolset across the whole organization. But that can be expensive, and will require teams to replace their existing tools across the board, so this is unlikely to be a popular choice.

A better way is to introduce an integrated and connected, yet loosely-coupled DevOps toolset that adds value by providing the necessary end-to-end communication and collaboration channels, while at the same time, integrating with the teams’ chosen tools.

The Micro Focus DevOps Suite

The Micro Focus DevOps Suite is set of tools designed to help Agile and DevOps teams govern, test, and manage their software, however they choose to develop it. Supporting modern agile and DevOps methodologies, as well as traditional software development practices, it includes ALM Octane for lifecycle and pipeline management; StormRunner Functional and StormRunner Load for functional and performance testing of web and mobile applications; and the AppPulse suite to monitor and adapt product user experience in production.

Here are five reasons why the DevOps Suite helps organizations overcome communication barriers, while adding value on top of their existing tools, all without disrupting the way teams work.

1. It’s cloud-based

The DevOps Suite is available from the cloud. Micro Focus will quickly set you up with a fully integrated lifecycle management system (ALM Octane), Functional Testing (StormRunner Functional), Performance Testisng (StormRunner Load) and production monitoring (AppPulse). Each of these products are integrated together, and it’s a simple matter to add more users as you go.

2. It integrates with your DevOps ecosystem

Not only are the tools in the DevOps Suite integrated with each other, they also integrate with a wide range of tools in the DevOps ecosystem. Naturally, there is full integration with Micro Focus project and portfolio management tools, lifecycle management tools, testing tools, security tools, and monitoring tools. There are out-of-the-box integrations with tools such as Jira, TFS, and other commercial tools. And of course, there is integration with open source software such as Eclipse, Git, Jenkins, Selenium, Appium, JMeter, and more.

3. It co-exists with your DevOps ecosystem

If you’re already using eg. Selenium scripts, or JMeter scripts, in your Continuous Integration (CI) pipeline, the DevOps Suite is able to run these scripts for you, and collate the results of the tests in ALM Octane. You don’t need to replace these scripts with Micro Focus tools, and you can continue using your existing solutions as long as they still answer your needs. If at any point you want to start taking advantage of the additional capabilities that the Micro Focus tools offer on top of these solutions, it’s easy to augment your existing scripts with Micro Focus functionality. Whether you’re developing and testing web applications or mobile applications, and regardless of the technology and protocols your applications use, the DevOps Suite will provide you with end-to-end support.

4. It integrates with your DevOps pipeline

ALM Octane incorporates data from your pipelines into your application delivery process, helping you analyze quality, progress, change impact, code coverage and more. StormRunner Functional and StormRunner Load tests can be run as part of continuous integration, so that whenever code is checked in, the CI system runs functional and performance tests. The results of these tests are shown in ALM Octane’s dashboard, giving the team instantaneous and consistent feedback of the build’s status, where any problems are occurring, and who can help resolve them.

5. It supports you as you scale

As your teams transition to agile and continuous delivery through DevOps, you’ll need to scale your practices up across the organization. Frameworks such as the Scaled Agile Framework, or SAFe, are designed to help your organization manage software delivery across multiple teams, portfolios, and even business units. ALM Octane and the other products in the DevOps Suite are designed to support SAFe and its practices, so as you and your practices scale, the DevOps Suite will grow with you, continuing to help you deliver value to your customers regardless of how large and complex your organization becomes.


Eliminate those integration headaches

Most organizations point to integration issues as a significant problem in their current lifecycle management system, since it obstructs collaboration between teams, and reduces the effectiveness of their DevOps pipelines.

Your Micro Focus DevOps Suite is perfectly positioned to help your teams remove communication and collaboration bottlenecks, by providing out-of-the-box integrations between the products in the suite, and between the other products in the DevOps ecosystem.

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About the Author
Malcolm is a researcher in the Application Delivery Management group at Micro Focus. You can find him on Twitter as @MalcolmIsaacs
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