What's new in 12.55.8 (CP5)

The following new features and enhancements are introduced in ALM Octane version 12.55.8.

On-premises: For other enhancements in the 12.55.8 on-premises release, see also: What's new in 12.55.7 (CP5), What's new in 12.55.6 (CP5), What's new in 12.55.5 (CP5).


Try out the following usability enhancements:

  • We have added links to an item's properties, allowing you to navigate to details of those properties. For example, in a defect, click the link in the Release field tooltip to open the defect's release details.

  • In the Description box, click the Add link to existing item toolbar button to include a link to other items in your project:

  • Email tests to another ALM Octane user.

  • Share Autofill templates with other users or teams. For details, see Build the product backlog.

  • Optimistic Locking: We use Optimistic Locking to prevent data loss when users make changes to the same entity concurrently.

    If an item changed on the server before you saved your changes, you are prompted to refresh the entity from the server and make your changes again. The refresh and restore button now reloads the entity from the server instead of just undoing your changes.

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Team Backlog

The Retrospective area features a new Scope Change report. For details, see View a sprint scope change report.

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  • Configure pipelines to ignore the status, duration, and test results of certain steps and those that follow them.

    For example, if your pipeline includes post-build or downstream steps that you do not need to track, the pipeline run status and duration can be reported before these steps finish running.

    For details, see Configure steps: Ignore or hide results of specific steps.

  • You can now follow a pipeline, and receive notifications if your commit was involved in a failed run, if your test fails, or if the pipeline run fails.

    For details, see Run pipelines.

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Synchronization of ALM Octane workspaces with ALM projects now supports ALM 12.55.

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We have added integrations with the following tools:

Tool Integration
ALM Octane plugin for Microsoft Visual Studio

You can do your ALM Octane work directly from the Microsoft Visual Studio development framework. To do so, install the ALM Octane plugin for Visual Studio.

For details, see Work in the Microsoft Visual Studio IDE .

AppPulse Mobile In AppPulse Mobile settings, using API Access, you can configure ALM Octane as a Defect Management Tool. AppPulse users can then log defects on ALM Octane directly from AppPulse Mobile. For details, see the AppPulse Mobile documentation.

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The following Help topics have been added or improved:

Topic Description
System requirements

A new consolidated, comprehensive list of system requirements.

The system requirements include additional integration information, such as supported CI servers and DevOps tools.

ALM Octane DevOps integrations We've redesigned the integrations topic to show how ALM Octane connects the dots between the various systems you use in your release lifecycle.

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The following features have been added in the Settings area:

Feature Description
Create rules based on related counts

Create rules with conditions that check if the count of a related entity is acceptable. For example, you can send an email if a feature has more than 5 high-severity defects, or if a feature has tests that you own.

Counts are available for the actions: Send Email, Alert User, Call URL, and Comment.

For details, see Set up rules.

Customize field labels

In Settings, change the label of system and user-defined fields for display purposes. The new labels display automatically in ALM Octane, including in the grid, in the Dashboard, and in all field lists.

For details, see Customize fields.

Customization for shared and non-shared entities

Customize forms for both shared spaces for all workspaces, and also for individual workspaces.

and icons have been introduced in the ALM Octane UI to indicate if you are looking at a customization entity that is shared or only for one workspace.

Logo customization Administrators can customize the logo text displayed at the top left of the ALM Octane window. For details, see the parameter LOGO_TEXT in Configuration parameters.
Language support Supported languages now include Chinese and Russian.


The following enhancements have been introduced for on-premises installations:

Area Enhancement
ALM Octane on Windows

Install ALM Octane on Microsoft Windows. For details, see the ALM Octane Installation Guide for Windows.

Named licenses

ALM Octane now supports named licenses, which allow you to have a specified number of registered users who are active in the system.

Note that ALM Octane does not allow you to work with mixed licenses. You can either use named licenses, or concurrent licenses.

For details, see License types: Named or concurrent.


When starting ALM Octane, a new validation verifies that LDAP was configured properly.

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

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