Author: Mark Williams

Nov
4
Mark Williams

Integrating Applications: Orchestration or Federation

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In a world where every business is a software business, it is important to innovate at the pace of change to survive the competition and future-proof your business. Innovative ideas and business models are fast replacing traditional models as innovation trumps incremental efficiency. But how do organizations accelerate the delivery of high-quality products and services, in shorter release cycles, faster than their peers to get the early movers advantage?

Software innovation teams that manage builds, develop, test, deploy and deliver use specialized best-of-breed tools that are fit for purpose. While this offers team members the benefits of modern, agile tools, it often leads to data integration and process automation challenges across the toolchain.

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To make informed choices, each member of a software development team, be it a product manager, a developer or a tester needs complete information and rich visibility into their preferred tool.This brings us to the most Read More

Sep
5
Mark Williams

Ensuring Customer Delight by Optimizing and Extending Enterprise Service Management (ESM)

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Introduction

Forrester coined the term Enterprise Service Management (ESM) and defines it as “extending IT service management capabilities beyond technology services to address business-centric use cases.” While ESM may be seen as a successor of ITSM, the key difference is the ability to extend ITSM principles and practices to non-IT functions across the enterprise to include the full range of services from HR and Sales to Marketing, Customer Service, Cyber Security, etc. The main benefits of ESM include the ability to eliminate internal silos and improve visibility, improve productivity and efficiency, lower costs and enhance customer satisfaction. Read more

Mar
31
Mark Williams

Realizing Effective Value Stream Management Through Integration

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Enterprises are under ever-increasing pressure to deliver better quality products faster and provide an outstanding customer experience. In an ultra-competitive world, it is essential to drive digital transformation, leveraging all the resources optimally and stay ahead of the competition. Value delivery to the customer is the cornerstone of software development. Striking the right balance between innovation, speed of delivery, and customer experience loom large on executives’ minds today.

Organizations must fulfill the above-mentioned requirements to drive maximum business value, and Value Stream Management coupled the right integration solution can help them achieve that goal. The blog briefly discusses the need for Value Stream Management (VSM), and how OpsHub integration solution helps enterprises realize effective Value Stream Management. Read more

Mar
29
Mark Williams

The Essential Guide to Application Data Migration

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Importance of migrating active and historical data

Digital transformation demands the adoption of new tools and processes to support development teams’ needs for agile, best-of-breed or modern solutions. Seamless data migration between legacy tools and the newly selected Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) tools is key ensure a smooth and successful adoption of new tools and processes.

With a great deal of institutional knowledge and historical data locked in existing legacy tools, it is necessary to plan the migration strategy carefully. Preservation of cumulative knowledge with historical context and minimization of downtime are critical factors in the migration strategy. Poorly planned, sub-optimal or incomplete migration strategies can result in significant downtime, idle employees or loss of institutional knowledge and productivity. The loss of historical data may also have audit and compliance implications in addition to increased business risks. The Read More

Mar
29
Mark Williams

How to Leverage Jama Connect Effectively in a Multi-Tool Ecosystem for Better Quality, Compliance, and Value Delivery

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Application data migration approaches

In the last decade, the proliferation of best-of-breed tools has resulted in organizations moving away from homogenous technology stacks to manage their application development lifecycles. A leading solution for Requirements Management is Jama Connect. Jama Connect helps businesses improve quality, reduce rework, prove compliance, and get to market faster. Given the dynamic and fast-paced landscape of product lifecycle development, requirements and sub-requirements change frequently. Therefore, access to the latest requirements and their traceability in development and test cycles becomes vital to delivering on expectations, budget, and timelines.

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Unfortunately, traditional approaches to migration can be difficult, disruptive, expensive and very high risk. Gartner estimates that 83% of data migrations either fail outright or exceed their allotted budgets and implementation schedules.
The silos in today’s multi-tool, Read More
Mar
29
Mark Williams

The Agile Approach to Data Migration

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Application data migration approaches

Strategic and organizational excellence differentiates winners from the rest. One of the key drivers of innovation is the adoption of modern, flexible and task-appropriate tools that enable users to unblock themselves from restrictive, slow, legacy processes and applications. Effective modern systems and processes become a force multiplier and can dramatically increase the effectiveness of individuals and teams. As such, tool modernization and migration become a critical business imperative to survive and succeed in the new digital world. But modern technology transitions are complex by their very nature. There is a wealth of institutional knowledge, wisdom and historical data stored in legacy systems. Preserving and transferring the history, linkages and context is essential for effective modernization.

Agile Approach to Data Migration
Unfortunately, traditional approaches to migration can be difficult, disruptive, expensive and very high Read More
Mar
24
Mark Williams

Top Five Most Requested Jira Integrations

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Hybrid and cross-domain teams today use a variety of best-in-class tools that are designed to make their work easier, automated and intuitive. For example, the popular issue and work management tool from Atlassian, Jira is widely used by agile teams for its in-built support for the iterative paradigm of development and testing. In addition, Jira’s robust workflow mapping and issue-tracking capabilities make it the preferred choice across various industries globally. However, stakeholders such as product managers, QA leads, or business analysts often use specialized off-the-shelf solutions that serve their needs better. This leads to a fragmented tool ecosystem impacting visibility, collaboration, productivity, traceability, and data integrity across the value chain. How can teams continue to fully leverage the flexibility and benefits of Jira while continuing to seamlessly collaborate with other members of the team using different tools?

Here are some examples of how Read More
Jan
29
Mark Williams

Why Choose OpsHub Integration Manager – Community Edition for Jira – Azure DevOps Server (TFS)/Azure DevOps Services (VSTS) Integration

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Jira and Azure DevOps Server (TFS)/Azure DevOps Services (VSTS) are very popular ALM systems. While Jira is used for Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and bug tracking, Azure DevOps Server (TFS)/Azure DevOps Services (VSTS) is used for project planning and ALM. Many enterprises use Jira and Azure DevOps Server (TFS)/Azure DevOps Services (VSTS) in different capacities with their different, cross-functional teams; however, the frequent usage is that the project management team uses Azure DevOps Server (TFS)/Azure DevOps Services (VSTS) and the development team uses Jira. In this blog, we will see how and why integration of these systems using OpsHub Integration Manager – Community Edition could be beneficial for an enterprise.

Why choose OpsHub Integration Manager – Community Edition for Jira and Azure DevOps Server (TFS)/Azure DevOps Services (VSTS) integration

There are many plug-ins and integration solutions that facilitate Jira – Azure DevOps Server Read More

Jan
29
Mark Williams

Why Select OpsHub Integration Manager – Community Edition for Micro Focus ALM – Azure DevOps Server (TFS)/Azure DevOps Services (VSTS) Integration

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With OpsHub Integration Manager – Community Edition, there is no need for such enterprises to use feature-less integration plug-ins, minimal viable integration product full of bugs, or go beyond their budget to procure a decent integration solution. Micro Focus ALM (earlier HP ALM) and Azure DevOps Server/Azure DevOps Services (earlier TFS/VSTS) are popular Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and project planning systems. Many enterprises use Azure DevOps Server/Azure DevOps Services (TFS/VSTS) for development & planning and Micro Focus ALM for quality check (due to its robust quality management module). Bringing them together makes it easier for the development and quality control teams to streamline product delivery. In this blog, we will see how and why integration of these systems using OpsHub Integration Manager – Community Edition could be beneficial for an enterprise.

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Jan
29
Mark Williams

Ditch The Dilemma of Build v/s Buy: Try OpsHub Integration Manager – Community Edition

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Businesses need interoperability to create a productive as well as a collaborative ecosystem. Single-vendor solutions provide interoperability but decimate the functional richness & productivity. Multi-vendor solutions prohibit businesses to scale-up the existing interoperability. With the increasing number of applications, services, and data types within their ecosystem, businesses can’t rely on a single vendor solution, and there is no way to foster productivity & collaboration with a multi-vendor setup sans rich integration. While most businesses have realized the need for a rich integration solution, there is still a lot of vagueness around how to choose the right integration solution.


Building a Minimal Viable Product (MVP) is never the appropriate solution

The first response when an enterprise realizes that it needs an integration solution is, “to build it”. Prima facie, it looks like a simple task of connecting a few in-house systems; however, creating Read More

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