HPE 'rewrites' ALM to target agile and open source folks

Wrangles Jenkins, GIT, TeamCity and Gherkin for code jockeys

Application Lifecycle Management – ALM – was, in many ways, the early 2000s version of DevOps.

In that pre-cloud world, it was the idea of taking software from build through test and retirement from inside your integrated development environment.

Proponents of ALM were the IDE makers – IBM, Borland Software, Microsoft, Oracle – and the tools were proprietary and expensive and designed to lock you into that particular ISV's software "cockpit."

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise – not in the same league on software tools - is now taking a second stab at the ALM idea with Octane, something HPE describe as – yes - open and agile.

The company already has one ALM suite but Matt Brayley-Berger, HPE senior product marketing manager, told The Reg this is a big departure.

“We rewrote this app from the ground up,” Brayley-Berger said. “The UI has been dramatically improved to get more information, there’s more support for open source and third party tools out there so you are not required to use our ALM.

Octane sees GIT and Jenkins embedded rather than accessed through plug ins. According to HPE, Jenkins now becomes the heart of Octant.

Brayley-Berger said: “We are moving from project to release pipeline so it made more sense for Jenkins to become core to the system It made sense to connect to GIT as the version control system.”

Also added is integration with TeamCity and Gherkin to develop tests. ®

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