Most HPE customers will have heard of ALM, HPE’s Application Lifecycle Management software solution. Those with longer memories may still refer to it as “Quality Center” or even “Test Director”. Through this long history, ALM has evolved and added functionality and integrations with HPE as well as third party testing and development tools. ALM supports modern SDLC techniques such as Continuous Integration, Testing and Deployment (DevOps) even though many customers don’t use ALM in this way.
Despite continually adding functionality, ALM is still perceived by many customers as somewhat “old fashioned”; this is partly because customers are slow to upgrade and aren’t aware of new functionality. As well as this, despite the “DevOps hype” many development and test teams still manage software projects using Waterfall development processes and haven’t explored the newer functionality of ALM.
At HPE Discover last June, HPE announced a new version of ALM, designed to address the requirements of more modern “bi-modal” IT teams. Bi-modal IT describes the conflict in many IT departments between teams that are happy with their reliable, release-based / waterfall projects and other teams that are adopting faster Lean / Agile software delivery methods (aka. DevOps).
Traditional software development teams may prefer to use the original “ALM.Net” application, newer teams may feel more comfortable with Octane or open source alternatives. The good news is that “Octane is free” for anybody with an existing ALM license. This allows HPE’s ALM customers to tailor the user experience to meet the specific needs of each development team. Traditional teams can stick with the .Net version of ALM that they’re accustomed to and more agile teams can switch to the Octane platform. Both types of team can share the same common platform but use it in different ways.
Octane is written in HTML5 so it can be used by developers and testers with any modern browser, this removes the dependency on the client installation. Octane has an open REST API making integration with other development and testing tools straightforward. Octane integrates directly with Jenkins and other CI tools as well as source control software such as GIT. All of this helps to simplify the process of running automated functional or performance tests triggered by code check-ins or deployments.
If you want to try ALM Octane for yourself, you can sign up for a free trial (of the SaaS solution). Alternatively, if you’re an existing customer, get in touch and we can advise you on the best way to incorporate Octane into your existing ALM implementation.