Manage Your Mission-Critical ALM Integrations with ALM Connect


With the introduction of ALM Connect™, VersionOne is providing a one stop shop for the integration needs of larger organizations.  With previous integration options, you would have to manage multiple integration installations.  With ALM Connect, you can manage all your integrations from a single platform, and there are several other features that make ALM Connect an integration powerhouse.alm-graph-800x800With previous integrations it didn’t take long before a customer would ask “well this is great and all but can we have other fields?”  The answer is yes, but it would require your team or the services team to write that code.  Both of these have a cost, directly or indirectly someone is being paid to add that code.  With ALM Connect this is a simple mapping exercise.  If you need a new field, you can simply edit the current mapping and add that field.  Not only do these mappings provide flexibility, they provide options for conflict resolution.  With previous integrations, it was whatever came out of the box, unless you had custom code written.  With ALM Connect, once these mappings are created, they can be saved as templates and reused on other integration points.  The advantages just keep going!

Flexibility is key with ALM Connect. In the past, the older integrations only supported data flow in one direction and to one project.  ALM Connect allows for data flow in either direction by setting up the appropriate mapping flow.  You can set up the flow so that a field such as customer ID is one way and the status of the story is bi-directional between systems.  “But what if the statuses don’t match?” No worries, you can simply adjust how each status maps to the status in the other system.  For instance, if a system has a status of not started, discovery, development, testing, done, and accepted,  then the mapping can be adjusted so that discovery, development, testing point to in progress in the other system.  Need different data flowing for different projects between systems?  No problem, each integration can be set up differently in ALM Connect.

All of this is great for teams and keeping data in sync, but what about the people who are responsible for initiatives or high level features? ALM Connect has you covered at the higher level. The product management team can create portfolio items in VersionOne.  Those portfolio items are then sent over to the system that the teams choose to work in.  As the team decomposes the portfolio item into stories, they are sent over to VersionOne and you guessed it…related to the corresponding portfolio item which provides details back to product management.  As the stories are completed, progress is sent over to VersionOne for reporting.  In essence, this helps to complete the cycle, from idea to delivery with progress tracking along the way.

ALM Connect is powered by OpsHub technology.  OpsHub has been in the integration business for more than five years.  Integrating systems is what they do.  OpsHub provides integration updates regularly and provides enhancements to existing integrations.  OpsHub has key relationships in place with the tool vendors to ensure they are aware of upcoming changes to tool platforms.

With VersionOne ALM Connect you have a powerful enterprise integration solution that will ease integration administration, allow teams to work in their preferred system, while providing data and reporting back to product management.

Learn more about ALM Connect.

ALM Connect is a trademark of VersionOne Inc.

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New Portfolio Item Subscriptions


During my time on the VersionOne Services team, one of the features I always tried to highlight with larger customers was subscriptions. Such a simple feature can provide a huge impact in larger enterprises. Team members can use subscriptions to alert them  when they have been assigned to a task or test. A product owner can subscribe to be notified when a story is set to the done status for approval. And now with the Spring 2016 Release VersionOne can also  support subscriptions for Portfolio Items.

There are several good uses for Portfolio Item Subscriptions. First, it will be quite useful for users involved in higher level planning who want to be kept up to date with changes to initiatives or features. Another use would be for anyone involved in DevOps to know when a portfolio item of type feature is set to ready for deployment. And for organizations implementing the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), subscriptions are useful for PI planning.  Those are just a few ways to use Portfolio Item Subscriptions that come to mind quickly.  From the screenshot below you will notice that we tried to be consistent with other subscriptions.

PI Subscription Options

PI Subscription Options

After clicking subscribe you will be presented with the typical filtering options such as project, portfolio item type, and owner. The status changed subscription of course contains a status filter. Give the subscription a title, set your filters, click subscribe…and you’re done!

A feature enhancement such as Portfolio Item Subscriptions is a classic case where a small addition can make a huge impact.  We promote face-to-face collaboration, however that is not possible in all cases.  For distributed teams or people that simply wear too many hats, subscriptions are an easy way to feel connected.

What uses can you come up with for Portfolio Items Subscriptions?

Click here for more information about VersionOne’s Spring 2016 Release.

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VersionOne Spring 2016 Release


Once I was the Winter Release, then my CEO told me,
“Go build yourself some features or you’ll be lonely.”
Once I was a Winter Release

It was a big big release, but we thought it could be bigger
Pushing each other to the limits, we were learning quicker
By March PI Planning and shortest job first was rankin’
Never content so we were out to make that feature super kickin’

Once I was a Fall Release, my boss told me,
“Go get yourself a Program Board or you’ll be lonely.”
Once I was a Fall Release

I always had that dream, like the release before me
So I started writing code, I started writing stories
Something about that glory just always seemed to bore me
‘Cause only those who amigo will ever really know me

Once I was a Summer Release, my story got told
Before the conference and we sold, when life was crazy
Once I was a Summer Release

I only see my goals, I don’t believe in failure
‘Cause I know the smallest features, they can really make it major
I got my devs with me, and all those in favor
And if we don’t ship before I leave, I know you’ll see it later

Now I’m a Spring Release, my story’s getting’ told
I am writing about everything I have before me
Now I’m a Spring Release

Soon we’ll be another release, our products will be sold
We’ll have traveled around the world and still be selling
Soon we’ll be another release…

Spring Release is out.  Check out the notes.

  • 4/23 – Team / Catalyst Batch Update
  • 4/30 – Enterprise / Ultimate Batch Update
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