Now Available! Micro Focus ALM Octane 15.0.60

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octane 15_0_60.pngWe’re pleased to announce the availability of ALM Octane 15.0.60, the latest release of our comprehensive Enterprise DevOps platform for high-quality Agile application delivery. 

What’s New? 

ALM Octane 15.0.60 includes a wide range of new features, enhancements, and bug fixes—most of which were made in direct response to suggestions from our customers.  

Here are only some highlights of the many new features included in this release! Be sure to review the entire What’s New page for more details. 

ALM Octane: DevOps Analytics 

As seen in recent versions, we believe analytics olarge data stored in ALM Octane, can be of great benefit by giving organizations the ability to analyze and optimize efforts and process. 

In this release, we are introducing Automation ROI analyticsa new capability which allows you to measure added value of your automation effort over time. 

Software development organizations acknowledge the need for automated testing but recognize that it comes at a high cost. Setting up automation requires manpower hours, and in some cases the acquisition of new software tools. Companies require a tool that can highlight the results of investment in automation and provide a way to determine the areas most worthy of investing more resources. 

Using Automation ROI analytics, users can also understand in what areas they should invest their efforts to obtain the highest ROI, and how they can determine its effectiveness. 

The Automation ROI widget provides a graph with two metrics that can help determine the ROI: 

  • Regression Cost – did we reduce the time spent on manual regression testing thanks to test automation? 
  • Development Cycle Time – did we improve overall development agility due to test automation? 
 

Figure: Automation ROI widgetFigure: Automation ROI widget

We’ve also added the Automation instability widget, which shows the percentage of failures caused by unstable tests. If the automation is unstable, it can dramatically lower automation ROI. This insight provides an indication of whether your automation is stable, and where it can be modified to improve ROI. 

 

Figure: Automation Instability Insight widgetFigure: Automation Instability Insight widget

 

Get more details on ROI Analytics!

You can also get more information regarding practical ALM Octane Analytics capabilities!  

For the Admin

To assist you in importing LDAP users, you can now download a CSV template file from a link in the Import dialog box. For details, see Import LDAP users into ALM Octane. 

Figure: Activity Log for ALL entitiesFigure: Activity Log for ALL entities

 Using the Activity Log tab, administrators can now view a list of all changes made in a workspace, including the history audit of work entities such as Defects, User Stories etc.  

You can now add tags to spaces to enhance filtering of spaces. 

Figure: Tabs visibilityFigure: Tabs visibility

 You can now hide certain tabs (such as Pull Requests) per role, so that users only see areas that are relevant to their role.  

Agile and Scaled Agile

You can now assign releases, Application Modules, Tests, and Test Runs to SAFe Programs. 

Figure: SAFe Programs over QualityFigure: SAFe Programs over Quality

 See how to organize your workspaces into programs (Enterprise Edition). 

Reporting

We’ve completed the next phase of the Document Report feature, which lets you generate customizable document reports for multiple entities in Word and PDF formats. In this version we introduced the following enhancements: 

  • You can now add related items to first level entities, as sub-level items 
  • You can personalize your document report and customize the header, footer, and logo to appear on your report 

Figure: Document Report, Word/PDFFigure: Document Report, Word/PDF

Learn more about the new Document Reports capabilities.

We have enabled UDF support in trend widgets, a feature requested by many of our users. This allows you to filter, and group by custom fields that have been defined by the admin as trendable.” 

The Test Coverage tiny widget which you know from other entities is now also available for Requirement documents! 

Agile Quality

  • Admins can set the Make Read-only business rule for Manual and Gherkin test scripts 
  • You can now copy a failed step's screenshot to a defect, in addition to the test steps 
  • You can now run Gherkin BDD tests using Cucumber-JVM, directly from ALM Octane 
  • Using the Test Suite's new Planning tabyou can now cross filter on all test fields, perform bulk updates, and group tests within a test suite. 

Figure: Run Cucumber BDD TestFigure: Run Cucumber BDD Test

Advanced Users--This is for you! 

For a faster development of ALM Octane integrations and reporting, we’ve added the new Entity relations explorerwhich shows you the relations between entities, and helps you create API calls and OData reports. 

We’ve added entity fields and UDFs in external action buttons - you can now include any of an item's string - or number-type fields, including UDFs in an external action. 

Figure: Entity Relations ExplorerFigure: Entity Relations Explorer

Usability

We always have our end-users in mind, and on this version, more than ever before, we have added a bunch of new features and behaviors that will make it even more fun to work with ALM Octane. 

Here are just a few examples: 

  • Edit your comments 
  • Add email responses to comments
  • Inline edit of widget's titles 
  • Bulk update shortcut via grid header 
  • Spell check in Manual and Gherkin script 
  • Slim view of grid lines – see more lines of data on grids 
  • Quick Actions (Ctrl+q) – easily navigate to any tab or perform relevant actions 

Figure: Slim Grid viewFigure: Slim Grid view

Figure: Quick Actions (Ctrl + q)Figure: Quick Actions (Ctrl + q)

 Many more usability enhancements can be found here.  

 

For More Information 

See the Help Center for a full description of these new features and additional enhancements. 

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