Do you have any feedback on the HPE ALM Octane release that came out in June 2016?


We are currently using an earlier version of ALM and we also have some Agile projects using JIRA.   

In our environment, the projects are a mix of Agile/Fragile and Waterfall.   

From a methodology perspective -- has anyone tried and used Octane and if so -- How does it compare to JIRA?  

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Hi Lisa,
not sure my last post made it to here,

To attempt to answer your question, consider the following.

1. HPE Octane is an evolution of the HPE Agile Manager (AGM) product , merged with some functionality of HPE ALM.
2. HPE Octane was build from AGM.
3. Octane is the future direction of HPE ALM, it will eventually be merged into Octane. not sure when.
4. Octane is delivered to the market using an Agile development strategy, and a next drop in February will have additional feature / functionality, which will make it more strategic for any IT organization looking to deliver quality software.
5. HPE has a program where current ALM clients can install for free Octane on a 1:1 license model, to try out Octane.

I would recommend talking with your HPE Rep and see if that option is available for your group?

I believe that Octane has more feature / functionality that JIRA, and is a good direction to consider moving in.

Best regards in your endeavors,

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ALM Octane is available on SaaS (https://saas.hpe.com/en-us/software/alm-octane) or as on premise install. There has been a lot of improvement since June release as SaaS env. is refreshed monthly and on premise - quarterly. In particular, Agile got into real shape with Scrum and Kanban approaches implemented; DevOps are native with integrations to Jenkins, TeamCity and Bamboo.

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Hi, Here's an overview demo of ALM Octane : https://www.dropbox.com/s/1z13bagkklbvlg8/Octane%20Intro.mp4?dl=0
Working (developing...) ALM Octane is mind blowing , as the R&D is doing the agile/devops transformation themselves while developing a tool to manage a modern development process . ALM Octane capture both the quality management world of ALM, both the agile planning/tracking of AGM (HPE Agile Manager) and help see a holistic quality picture when the majority of automation tests are running as part of the CI.

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HPE ALM Octane represents the next generation in lifecycle and quality management for modern application delivery, offering teams choice and flexibility to manage their traditional and/or Agile development methodologies. HPE delivers speed in application release, powered by continuous integration and pipelines with quality driven by insightful analytics. Teams in the enterprise can now scale and deliver multiple application projects at DevOps speed with continuous quality

Octane intelligently leverages data from the app delivery and testing process and manages relationships between user story, pipeline, tests, and defects to give high speed DevOps and Agile teams’ continuous insight into the quality and state of readiness of their software. And Octane drives Agile team, dev-test collaboration by leveraging the tools widely used by Agile dev—Continuous integration software, source control and version management software and ChatOps in ways that deliver the information needed at the right time to the right person for rapid action and issue resolution.

Octane is the first and only ALM software suite built to support multi-modal IT for speed and quality (mode 1, mode 2 and shades in between)–with both a DevOps ready approach and a complementary hybrid application lifecycle management capability that leverages quality and testing execution and the delivery of insights continuously throughout the lifecycle.

Breakthrough, noteworthy innovations include test creation and planning, execution, analytics and tracking build in and on top of Jenkins and leveraged management of test and code with embedded GIT at the core. Octane is the industry’s first full realization of continuous quality management in a DevOps pipeline.

In addition, Octane continuously captures, tracks and manages relationships between application components, their progress through DevOps pipelines, builds, tests and test runs, and defects, providing an intuitive view to what matters at all times. In a DevOps environment the sheer speed and scale of lifecycle activities and the impact of change can easily overwhelm manual processes and static reporting. Octane cuts through the noise and deliver insights at all times.

Octane ensures continuous quality throughout the lifecycle while maintaining speed and scale. And quality is defined across all aspects—functional quality, performance and security--by supporting Agile planning, continuous integration and testing and total visibility for fast moving teams. Octane is the future of modern quality in a DevOps world.

As mentioned above, Octane offers 3 core benefits around Speed, Quality and Scale. Helping customers deliver amazing apps fast without compromising the quality and digital user experience.

Octane immediately adds value on top of widely adopted Open Source developer and collaboration tools. Teams have embraced Agile dev practices using powerful GIT version control and management and Jenkins build and CI systems. Octane expands their value by managing plans, tests and defect assets and versions, greatly increasing visibility by linking testing and defects organically to Agile backlog priorities and developer activity (source code commits and changes).

Octane implements Continuous quality in DevOps software delivery. Octane is designed for fast-moving App Dev and test teams adopting Continuous Integration for DevOps. Test execution is intrinsically linked to Continuous Integration and results automatically available in smart quality and defect management and tracking capabilities available in an intuitive user experience. In addition, HPE ALM supports #ChatOps via an integration with Slack to support faster resolution of issues.

Octane is designed for transformative hybrid infrastructure - Organizations are rapidly adopting scalable and highly efficient hybrid-cloud, service oriented and containerized architectures. Octane is architected for this transformation, provision-able as a service or as a solution packaged for quick implementation in Docker containers.

Octane provides (Define application modules, connect your CI, define business rules, establish a backlog and create manual or BDD tests as well as run automated tests in the CI pipeline. Analyse defects and see how Octane manages the relationships between build, test, defect and user story).

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Thanks so much for all your feedback. This has been helpful. We currently have both ALM and Jira from Test perspective it makes sense for us having both tools leveraging agile and waterfall methodologies.

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This is not a valid question as JIRA is a Defect Management Tool while HP ALM and Octane are true Test Management tool and the only area you can compare is there repective Defect Management Capability.

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We have used both Jira and Octane in agile projects. To me Jira is far more simple and efficient. That's the reason why it is so successful. Developers like it! We use Jira with Hiptest which is the most advanced testing solution for agile & DevOps: https://hiptest.net/

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Hi, sorry but we are just starting to use ALM in my organization so I can not help you. I have not used any other tool prior to this.

Regards, Pat

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Unfortunately I have not used HP Octane. I do know of some other shops going
through a similar question about Octane vs Jira....based around Agile
functionality support as well as underlying cost.

Best Regards

Rob Ashall

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