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ALM Octane 12.53.20 Released

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By John Falk

Micro Focus ALM Octane 12.53.20 – Integration and collaboration!

Modern application development demands high levels of integration and collaboration to effectively deliver business software solutions.  The days of silo-based ADLM are slipping into the past.  The rise of enterprise agile has created the necessity of cross-functional teams working seamlessly together.  This means the environments used by cross-functional teams also need to work seamlessly together.  Enter ALM Octane.  Octane natively supports Enterprise Agile, Enterprise Testing, Production Quality Management, Enhanced Analytics, along with OOTB connectivity to critical DevOps Platforms.  The ALM Octane platform ensures that all members of modern cross-functional development teams stay informed with up-to-date visibility into Release Planning, Sprint Planning, Team Planning, Developer Workload, Release Test Quality, Production Product Quality, Build Status, and Source Code Traceability.  Never before has a single application development platform provided OOTB visibility and insight across such a diverse set of development tools.  ALM Octane is fully extensible and embraces an open architecture so it can easily integrate with and enhance the value of the application development and testing tools already deployed throughout enterprise organizations.  Octane not only provides a great framework for natively managing application development projects but also enhances the value of other deployed solutions.         


ALM Octane BacklogALM Octane Backlog

 ALM Octane continues its evolution in becoming an industry-leading product with frequent updates and strong integrations to DevOps products including third-party development, source code management, and build tools.  ALM Octane has had 8 releases/upgrades in the last 10 months with the next major release scheduled for June 2017 (subject to change).

 What’s New in Octane (12.53.20) – March 2017

New Welcome Page

The ALM Octane Welcome Page has a fresh new design. It includes video tutorials and other resources to help get you started.

Redesigned release buckets

We've redesigned the release buckets to make them clearer and easier to read.

Reorganize Backlog and Application Module trees

You can drag and drop Epics and Features in the Backlog tree and drag and drop items in the Application Modules tree to change their order and reassign them to different parents.

Pipelines module reborn

- Check out the pipelines module! New look provides clearer and more detailed pipeline information.
- Pipeline status is updated only when a run ends. This enables clearer and faster updates.
- On a pipeline step, configure a URL template for links to custom build reports.

Enhanced failure analysis for automated tests

- Identify relations between commits and newly failing tests (listed side by side).
- Notify test owners and committers about relevant failures.
- 'Who's on it?' field: Take on a failing automated test for investigation or assign it to someone else for handling.
- Builds contain links to custom build reports (requires configuration).

SCM integration

- In the Team Backlog module, track commits associated with your sprint progress.
- SCM integration supported for TeamCity.

Workspace admins can manage users' roles

Workspace admins can now assign and remove roles for users in their workspace.

Custom lists for user-defined fields

Workspace administrators can now create and manage custom lists for user-defined fields.

  • Don’t forget to update your Jenkins plugin!
  • An updated IntelliJ plugin is now available.


Tips & Tricks of the Month:

  • By hovering over most dashboard elements you can easily see what’s causing a particular status.Quality by application moduleQuality by application module

     2.  Clicking on a tile in the graph section will provide even more detail about a displayed status.Quality by application module display statusQuality by application module display status

     3.  Clicking on the red status link (in this case More than 10% last runs failed (26.67%)) shows the failed run details so the appropriate corrective action can be taken.

    4.  This example shows how the graphs and charts in Octane not only provide visibility in a project status but that they are also actionable.Failed tests with Application ModuleFailed tests with Application Module


     Increase the value of the timeline by adding milestones.  Simply navigate to the configuration area by selecting the gear icon at the top right side of the menu bar, then select Releases from the workspace tab and select a Release to add a Milestone.

    Click the “+ Milestone” button and just like that your new milestone shows up on the Timeline for the selected release in the Backlog!!! TimelineTimeline
    Add MilestoneAdd Milestone


    For more information, or to try ALM Octane for free, click on the links below!

    Try ALM Octane

     For Help, please visit:

    ALM Community Forum




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