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A young player with great potential: 5 unique strengths of ALM Octane

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Did you see them? The splendid 2018 Winter Olympic Games may be over, but the amazing performances and feats of human strength are so inspirational.  I love watching the Olympic Games because they are so exciting and dramatic.  In my opinion, all of the athletes who qualify to participate are superb. Every athlete is impressive and medals are not the only measure of their success. This reminds me of the honor of appearing in the Gartner Magic Quadrant. If there were an Olympiad for enterprise software, can you guess who would participate in the Application Lifecycle Management sport? 





ALM Octane


Micro Focus

ALM/Quality Center


Micro Focus




CA Agile Central


CA Technologies







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Among the players, I’m sure you’ll notice that ALM Octane is much younger than the others in the competition.  Regardless of its age, ALM Octane is gaining momentum in expanding its customer base.  In sports, a young athlete who qualifies to participate in the  Olympic Games must have unusual strengths and capabilities.  The same applies to ALM Octane.  So, what are the unusual strengths it possesses? 

1. It is both an Enterprise Agile planning and tracking tool, as well as an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tool

Those players created before ALM Octane started as single-purpose tool such as Agile planning/tracking tool, or as an ALM tool, or even an IDE.  Later on, to adapt to the changes to software development practice, new functions were added or were provided via integration. This approach isn’t always clean and it definitely isn’t easy.  In these tools Agile and ALM tend to be segregated. 

This wasn’t a big issue until DevOps came into play. DevOps is really about the whole application lifecycle.  Without the traceability that ALM provides, you’ll have to manually update your board—which leaves you without valuable information about the status of actual code, tests and quality.

The advantage of being new, is that ALM Octane was created with the vision and design to match modern best practices. Enterprise agile frameworks, DevOps, end-to-end visibility, security and governance were are all considered in the design of ALM Octane.

2. It connects Agile teams and non-Agile teams to the same unified view

Enterprises are in the process of Agile transformation. They have some agile teams, some waterfall teams, and some in-between.  The most difficult thing is to run a combination of these.  Keeping Agile teams and other teams on different tools contributes to silo creation. Agile is a very different approach from the traditional method.  How do you get all these people to a unified view?  How do different types of teams collaborate at enterprise scale?  Being able to take care of all of these issues is ALM Octane’s strength. 

3. It lets you achieve true end-to-end automation

Your teams may already have some DevOps pipelines set up.  The keys to a successful DevOps implementation are achieving end-to-end automation and visualizing what’s happening in the pipelines.   

When connecting ALM Octane with your pipelines, you get these keys.  Let’s take the example of Jenkins CI server.  Through the “Micro Focus Application Automation Tools” plugin, many test and test environment virtualization tools can be automatically run in the pipeline.  And more importantly, ALM Octane gathers test results and more from them and make the overall quality picture visible to you. 

Its integration with Release Automation tools can even let quality metrics in ALM Octane control whether a Gate passes.  See an example of this capability here.

Moreover, ALM Octane integration with AppPulse Mobile puts performance monitoring into your end-to-end automation.  When there is problem with your mobile application in production, defects can be logged into ALM Octane, establishing the link between production issues and development artifacts.

4. It has a simple, intuitive and optimally structured UI that boosts productivity

ALM Octane users tell us that they love its interface.  Even without receiving training, people can easily find out how to use it. 

What needed by typical roles, such as Product Owner, QA manager, team leader and team member are separated into modules.  Most of the time they can do their work without switching to other modules.  As described by one of the users, it “presents the graphics and the feedback that people need immediately without having to drill into the dashboards”.

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5. It treats customers as VIP

Here comes the most outstanding point about ALM Octane.  One customer describes it as “working with R&D directly”.  ALM Octane R&D provides customers with the privilege to directly tell R&D what they want and give feedback to the design at very early stage.  Yes, it’s the lean startup style! 

Meanwhile Micro Focus is a big company, its support and Customer Success organizations are the luxury many startups can’t provide. 

As ALM Octane heads into its second birthday it continues to grow, expand and innovate very quickly. 

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