What's new in 15.0.60

The following new features and enhancements are introduced in ALM Octane version 15.0.60.

On-premises: For other enhancements in the ALM Octane 15.0.60 on-premises release, see What's new in 15.0.46.

Expanded SAFe Program support

You can now assign releases, application modules, tests, and runs to a program. For details, see Programs (Enterprise Edition).

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Automation ROI Analytics

A new set of analytics helps you examine the ROI (return on investment) of automation by showing how it affects key indicators such as the development cycle time and regression cost. The ROI analytics also provide you with insights on the effectiveness of your automation by identifying test instability over time. For details, see The benefits of Automation ROI analytics.

CI and SCM support

The following CI and SCM enhancements are now available:

Enhancement Description
TFS support Azure Devops Server (TFS) 2019 is now supported. For details on the plugin, click here.
Pull request monitoring ALM Octane now enables you to track pull requests, to get details on their effect on features and backlog items quality. For details, see Track pull requests in your SCM system.
Security tracking

When you select a vulnerability, the right pane now shows you additional details, including related defects, comments, and related users and commits. For details, see Track security vulnerabilities.

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Document Report enhancements

The following document report enhancements are available:

Enhancement Description
Include descendants and related items

You can now specify whether or not to include descendants of child entities inside your report.

In addition, you can choose whether to include related items of an entity's children, such as test runs of a requirements children.

Customization You can now specify a header, footer, and logo to appear on your document report.
Ready notification

When document reports are ready, ALM Octane issues a notification, visible in the My Work module.

For details, see Analysis and reporting tools.

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Quality Management

The following enhancements are now available:

Enhancement Description
Make Read-only Admins can set the Make Read-only business rule for test scripts. This applies to Manual and Gherkin tests. For details, see Business rules.
Copy screenshot

You can now copy a failed step's screenshot to a defect, in addition to the test steps.

Testing integration

The testing framework integration now enables you to run Gherkin tests using Cucumber-JVM, directly from ALM Octane. For details, see Trigger automated test runs in your testing framework.

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Dashboard and Analytics

The following Dashboard enhancements are now available:

UDF support in trend widgets

UDFs are now supported in trend widgets. This allows you to filter and group by custom fields that have been defined by the admin as trendable. For details, see Define a UDF as trendable.

This is available for all trendable entities except runs and tasks.

Edit widget titles in Dashboard

You can now double-click a widget's title to rename it.

For details, see ALM Octane dashboard.

Quick access to widget configuration You can now click on a widget's filter icon to open and edit the widget's configuration settings.
Display of units

Widgets now show units for the totals in the bottom right corner. For example, in the Features by Risky Commits graph, instead of Total: 36, the text will be Total: 36 commits.

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Usability enhancements

The following usability enhancements are available:

Area Enhancement
Quick actions (Ctrl+q)

Use the Quick Action shortcut (ctrl+q) from anywhere in ALM Octane to easily navigate to any tab, or to perform relevant actions.

The list of quick actions is collected according to your current context.

In the action box, start typing the name of an action. Select an action from the filtered list.

Send email to teams
  • You can now address emails to teams. See Collaborate in ALM Octane.
  • In business rules, an admin can define an action to send emails to teams, in addition to users. See Send email.
Clear previous selections in Run dialog A new parameter SHOW_LAST_USED_VALUES_IN_RUN_DIALOG lets you clear the Environment and Release fields in the Run dialog box from their previously used values. For details, see Configuration parameters.
Edit comments

You can now edit a comment you made on an item.

Access to this feature depends on your permissions.

If a user has chosen to be notified when comments are added to an item, the user will be also be notified when comments are edited.

In addition, you can now assign a permission to delete comments made by other users.

For details, see Collaborate in ALM Octane.

Add email to comments

When sending an item by email, you can now select to add the message to the entity's comments.

Improved export When exporting items to Excel, line breaks in rich text fields are now preserved.
More...

In addition to the above, we have worked on many more usability improvements in this release. See Usability enhancements.

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Synchronizer

The following Synchronizer enhancements are available:

Area Enhancement
Database support

Synchronizer now supports Oracle 19c.

Automatic mapping

You can now automatically map between fields in just one click.

In the Field Mapping tab, in edit mode, click the Automatically map fields button.

Fields that have the same name and type in both sides of the mapping will be mapped automatically. For example, if ALM Octane and Jira both have memo fields named Description, these fields will be mapped to one another.

This makes it significantly easier for you to map fields when configuring Synchronizer, and you can then run an integrity check to verify accuracy.

Export user mappings

In the Edit User Mapping window, you can now export user mappings to a csv file. After exporting, you can modify and import the file as needed.

Synchronizing attachments You can now synchronize attachment files, in addition to URLs. For details, see Mapping attachments.

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Administration

The following administration enhancements are available:

Area Enhancement
Synchronize runs

The new configuration parameter UPDATE_MY_WORK_RUN_ITEMS_ON_SYNC allows you to control whether to add migrated and synchronized runs from other tools, to My Work. In earlier versions, all runs were automatically added to My Work. For details, see Configuration parameters.

UDFs in external action buttons

You can now include any of an item's string- or number-type fields, including UDFs in an external action. The value of the UDF will be included in the resulting URL. This is useful, for example, if you want to open the current item in an IDE.

For details, see Add external actions.

Permissions

The Workspace Admin now has permissions for:

  • Delete Shared Templates
  • Delete Shared Favorites

Until now, only the owner could delete these items.

Import LDAP

To assist you in importing LDAP users, you can now download a CSV template file from a link in the Import dialog box. For details, see Import LDAP users into ALM Octane.

Tags in spaces

You can now add tags to spaces to enhance filtering. For details, see Tags and environments.

Accessing the user_tags field for a space via REST API is currently a technical preview.

Hide tabs In Permissions > Module Visibility, you can now hide certain tabs (such as Pull Requests) per role, so that users only see areas that are relevant to their role. In the past this was only available at the module level.

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Installation

In previous versions of ALM Octane, configuration settings were defined in the setup.xml and octane.yml files.

In the current release, the main site settings are defined in the octane.conf file. In addition, there are optional configuration files to set up ALM Octane environments using secure Elasticsearch, proxy server, and LDAP or SSO authentication.

For a full list of settings in the current ALM Octane installation, see "Configure initial site settings" in the ALM Octane Installation Guide.

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New: Entity relations explorer

In the ALM Octane Help menu, click Entity Relations Explorer. This provides you with a graphical interface which shows you the relations between entities, helping you create API calls and OData reports. For details, see Overview for developers.

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REST API

For a list of REST API changes, see What's changed in the REST API.

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See also: