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Last Updated May 02, 2016 — Enterprise Agile Planning expert

Manage Your Mission/Critical ALM Integrations with ALM Connect

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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. With 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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