What's New in 24.1

The following new features and enhancements are introduced in the ALM Octane 24.1 release.

Note: The Help Centers for ALM Octane versions 23.4 to 24.1 are streamlined into a single Help Center. Any version-specific changes are indicated where relevant.

This topic describes the new features and enhancements available in ALM Octane 24.1. To view enhancements in previous versions, see What's New - earlier versions.

What's New video

Learn about some of the new features included in ALM Octane 24.1:

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Dashboard and reporting

The following dashboard and reporting enhancements are available:

Area What's new
Drill down into trend widgets

You can now drill down into trend-based widgets to see the items behind the total numbers. You can also compare data between different dates to gain insights into scope changes.

For details, see Drill down and compare data.

Dashboard data caching

Dashboard data is now cached, to prevent redundant reloading when you switch between dashboard tabs. You can customize the cache duration using the DASHBOARD_WIDGETS_CACHE_DURATION_IN_SECONDS parameter.

For details, see Configuration parameters.

Sort bar charts by value

In bar chart widgets, you can now sort the graph bars by their values, in ascending or descending order.

For details, see Configure widget settings.

Widget color consistency

In widgets that use the Same stack by or Group by fields, segments and columns that represent the same field values are now given the same color across the different widgets in a dashboard. This makes analysis easier when examining different KPIs for the same items.

For details, see Widget functionality.

DORA metrics

New widgets in the Cross Release Trends & Analytics dashboard template include DORA (DevOps Research and Assessment) metrics.

For details, see DORA widgets.

Document report enhancements

Admins can now control the number of widgets that can be included in a Document report. This prevents users from adding an excessive number of widgets that can significantly increase the report generation time.

For details, see Document reports.

Change indicator

For widgets with a number display, you can now show whether the value increased or decreased compared to a previous period.

For details, see Single number (KPI) widget.

Accessibility Improved keyboard navigation in the Dashboard module.

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The following Agile enhancement is available:

Area What's new
Advanced filters

The advanced filters now have new filtering capabilities, including multiple layers of nested filters, and a new dialog box interface.

In addition, the quick filters and advanced filters are now independent and no longer synchronized. Filters and favorites created in earlier versions are kept intact and yield the same results as before.

For details, see Filters.

Tip: Watch a video introducing the new advanced filters. See ALM Octane video gallery.


The following Quality enhancements are available:

Area What's new
Timeline API exposed Using the timeline API call, you can now query the different phases of an entity timeline. By querying multiple entities, you can calculate statistics such as the average cycle time per phase or the average waste time per phase.

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The following Release enhancements are available:

Area What's new
Auto action enhancements

You can now add a REST Poll auto action to a release process. You can use this auto action, for example, to check the status of an asynchronous REST Call operation that takes an extended amount of time to complete.

For details, see Auto actions.

Custom forms and fields for milestones

The Milestone entity now supports custom forms and user-defined fields. This lets you associate more information with a specific milestone, and enhances the options available when you search or filter by milestone.

For details, see Custom forms and Custom fields.

Dependency criteria

You can now add a Dependency Criterion to a quality gate. Choose the processes or process items that should be completed before proceeding with the process. You can also define a business rule that automatically completes a gate when dependencies are completed.

For details, see Define a dependency criterion.

Release process integration

You can now create a process for your release directly from the Release page. You can create a new release process or choose a process from an existing template.

For details, see Releases.

Adjust start/end times of a process item The start and end times of actions are set when they are marked as Started or Completed. If these times do not reflect the actual action's times, you can now manually update the start and end times. For details, see Actual start and end times.

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The following administration enhancements are available:

Area What's new
Excel import improvements

When importing items from Excel, you can now download a report listing the items that could not be imported, allowing you to focus on the problematic items.

For details, see Importing from Excel.

Shift migration tool

A new version of the Shift data migration solution tool is now available. For details, see OpenText Marketplace.

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REST API updates

The following REST API updates are applied between versions 23.4 and 24.1:

Entity Fields Update
codeless_test_parameter   New at access level PUBLIC_TECH_PREVIEW
defect flow_time Access level changed from PUBLIC_TECH_PREVIEW to PUBLIC
environment   Access level changed from PRIVATE to PUBLIC_TECH_PREVIEW
team_member_team_sprint   Access level changed from PUBLIC_TECH_PREVIEW to PUBLIC
team_sprint team_member_team_sprints Access level changed from PUBLIC_TECH_PREVIEW to PUBLIC
work_item flow_time Access level changed from PUBLIC_TECH_PREVIEW to PUBLIC

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