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Micro Focus ALM/QC Integration with Azure DevOps (VSTS)

Micro Focus ALM/QC Integration

The integration of Visual Studio Team Services – Azure DevOps (VSTS) and Micro Focus ALM/QC helps in bringing the product development and Quality Assurance (QA) team on the same page. As both the teams have visibility into each other’s task and complete context of customer expectations, the quality of product is better and the delivery cycle is shorter.
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Micro Focus ALM/QC Azure DevOps (VSTS) Integration Overview

In an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) ecosystem, the choice of systems and the collaboration between the cross-functional teams play a great role. While the choice of systems impacts the productivity of a team, the cross-functional collaboration helps the teams get complete context of the business requirements.

Best-of-breed systems such as Azure DevOps (VSTS) and Micro Focus ALM/QC bring rich functionalities to the ecosystem. Integration of Azure DevOps (VSTS) with Micro Focus ALM/QC ensures that the development and QA teams are on the same page when it comes to delivery timelines and have complete visibility into each other’s tasks.

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How Micro Focus ALM/QC – Azure DevOps (VSTS) integration is beneficial for an enterprise

  • Access to QA plans and defects in real time
  • Real-time updates on the status of a story, its estimated time of delivery, and any risks that might delay the impending release
  • Complete context of the customer requirement and visibility into codes written by the development team & test cases
    written by QA team
  • Coordinate on the delivery timelines seamlessly with concurrent updates on changes

With Micro Focus ALM/QC + Azure DevOps (VSTS) integration, enterprises can:

Micro Focus ALM/QC - Azure DevOps (VSTS) Integration

How OpsHub Integration Manager integrates Micro Focus ALM/QC and Azure DevOps (VSTS)

OpsHub Integration Manager integrates Azure DevOps (VSTS) and Micro Focus ALM/QC bi-directionally. It ensures that all historical and current data is available to each user, in that user’s preferred system, with full context, in real-time. All ‘user stories’ from Azure DevOps (VSTS) automatically synchronize to Micro Focus ALM/QC. The completion of the story and the status of test results in Micro Focus ALM/QC against these user stories automatically synchronizes to Azure DevOps (VSTS).

Popularly synchronized entities

Micro Focus ALM/QC Azure DevOps (VSTS) Entities Mapping

Use Case: Micro Focus ALM/QC Integration with Azure DevOps (VSTS)

Problem statement: The communication between the development team and quality control team happens manually. For example, status of a requirement or the results of a test case are to be communicated either through email or phone.

Solution: When Azure DevOps (VSTS) and Micro Focus ALM/QC are bi-directionally integrated, both the teams will be have visibility into each other’s task from their own systems.

  1. The Product Manager creates a ‘requirement’ in Azure DevOps (VSTS), and attaches a screenshot that includes communication details from the customer.
  2. The development team receives the ‘requirements’ and starts work on it.
  3. The ‘requirement’ also syncs to Micro Focus ALM/QC.
  4. The QA team creates ‘test cases’ against the ‘requirement’ and link the ‘test cases’ to the ‘requirement’.
  5. Once the development team completes work on the ‘requirement’, it changes the status of ‘requirements’ in Azure DevOps (VSTS) to ‘closed’.
  6. The QA team runs the ‘test case’ against the closed ‘requirement’. If the ‘test cases’ passes, the QA team changes the status of ‘requirements’ in Micro Focus ALM/QC to complete, which automatically updates the status of ‘requirements’ in Azure DevOps (VSTS). If the ‘test cases’ fails, the QA team analyzes the issue and logs a ‘defect’ in Micro Focus ALM/QC, which reopens the status of ‘requirements’ in Azure DevOps (VSTS).
Micro Focus ALM/QC Integration with Azure DevOps (VSTS)

Benefits of integration for Micro Focus ALM/QC and Azure DevOps (VSTS) users

Micro Focus ALM/QC users

  • Real-time updates on the story and associated changes/enhancements
  • Access to the business requirements, development status, and associated updates from within Micro Focus ALM/QC
  • No manual efforts needed to keep backend teams updated on the QA cycle and reports

Azure DevOps (VSTS) users

  • No duplication of efforts for entering the same data in multiple systems
  • Clear visibility into quality parameters, QA schedule, test cases, and test results
  • No dependency on manual communication for making decisions