HP Delivers Enterprise Agility With New SaaS Offerings

HP announced new SaaS solutions to help enterprises with agile development, application performance management and project management.

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HP continues to extend its enterprise software strategy, adding new application lifecycle management (ALM) capabilities as well as enhanced support for agile software development and project management.

HP announced new software as a service (SaaS) solutions that speed application delivery and provide visibility, collaboration and agility across stove-piped or geographically dispersed application development and operations teams.

HP announced two new offerings, HP Agile Manager and HP Performance Anywhere, and said a third, HP Portfolio and Project Management (PPM) 9.2, will be coming soon.

HP Agile Manager accelerates application time to market with an intuitive, Web-based experience that offers visibility for planning, executing and tracking agile development projects, said Subbu Iyer, vice president of product strategy for HP Software. Meanwhile, HP Performance Anywhere proactively resolves application performance issues before they impact business services through an on-demand solution that provides visibility and predictive analytics, he added.

HP Agile Manager also unifies and promotes collaboration with visibility into tasks, metrics and progress—whether for a single group or for multiple, geographically distributed teams across the enterprise.

"HP Agile Manager is a purpose-built SaaS solution for agile project management," Iyer said. "We tried to mimic how developers work in reality

The new service enables users to simplify planning and capacity management across Agile teams by providing insight into projects, including the status of tasks and potential issues or bottlenecks impacting progress.

In addition, with the tool, users can enhance insight into application quality with advanced source-code and build-management analytics for traceability, rapid assessment of change and risk analysis, HP said.

The new agile management solution also helps foster collaboration through integrated development environment (IDE) integrations that allow developers to work with the tool of their choice, yet still work together to share information with other team members. And it helps to improve visibility into projects with real-time updates via customizable dashboards, which include metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs).

HP Agile Manager also provides two-way synchronization with HP application lifecycle management (ALM) and HP Quality Center for enterprise quality management and continuous testing capabilities.

"As Specsavers' business rapidly expands to provide new services for our customers, we must maintain a positive brand image and strong operational excellence," Jason Taylor, head of testing and environment management services at Specsavers, said in a statement. "HP Agile Manager, together with HP ALM, provides increased visibility across application development and testing for better collaboration and risk control."

HP Performance Anywhere monitors applications across the Web, via the cloud and in mobile environments. Now delivered as a service, it improves application performance while reducing up-front costs and lengthy implementations. With the service, users can achieve faster time to value with automated, self-provisioned management and a simple-to-use interface.

The service also helps improve brand equity with smart analytics that understand historic norms and detect abnormal performance to proactively identify potential problems. And users also can rapidly resolve performance issues using an embedded social collaboration technology that allows development, testing and operations teams to work together and remediate application failures that may have resulted in production.

"Our customers want to really practice DevOps," Iyer said.