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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has launched a new product, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Octane, which is currently available as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering, with an on-premise version due to appear before the end of 2016. ALM Octane will be available under existing licenses to all ALM and Quality Center users, and expands on the current lifecycle management portfolio by enhancing support for open source core development tools, including Gherkin, Jenkins, TeamCity, Git, and Selenium, and its open API allows further integrations to be made. Ovum believes that ALM Octane will help HPE users make better use of their existing solutions, because the need for integration across products can be a bottleneck, but more importantly ALM Octane supports new-generation DevOps projects.

HPE addresses DevOps needs with ALM Octane

ALM Octane evolves HPE's lifecycle management portfolio by incorporating Agile project management capabilities from the HPE Agile Manager into the ALM Octane platform. Ovum sees this launch as a significant realignment of the HPE portfolio toward a holistic integrated offering, which we believe is essential for enterprises today. In addition, ALM Octane plays to the strength of open source community tools by allowing developers to use core development tools, which have been integrated into HPE's stable and robust management solution.

Next steps: HPE Predictive ALM and HPE ALM for cloud-native apps

The new unified ALM solution is designed to support DevOps processes that are now in the mainstream of enterprise development. HPE is also applying its expertise in machine learning to offer HPE Predictive ALM on its roadmap, an offering with predictive planning, development, testing, and operations capabilities. For example, predictive testing is designed to predict defect injection and fix rates, and identify likely causes, as well as help in reusing existing tests. Predictive IT operations is also a huge opportunity for vendors, with optimized load balancing an excellent application of artificial intelligence technology.

Another application area is predictive analytics, processing big data from IT management sources to predict needs and accelerate DevOps releases. The final goal is to address the new IT development waves that will hit enterprises: microservices, containers, and server-less computing (MCSL). Ovum's upcoming reports on MCSL identify it as a major change in how enterprises will architect their solutions to support cloud-native development driven by DevOps, and ALM tools will be needed to manage these new development paradigms. Supporting these IT waves leads to another piece on the HPE roadmap: HPE ALM for cloud-native apps.


Further reading

Strategy Guide for Enterprises on the Microservices IT Wave (slated for publication in June 2016)

Strategy Guide for Enterprises on the Container IT Wave (slated for publication in June 2016)

Strategy Guide for Enterprises on the Server-Less Computing IT Wave (slated for publication in June 2016)


Michael Azoff, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions

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