HP's new ALM service puts sticky notes in the cloud

HP's new application life-cycle management service aims to compete with sticky notes

By , IDG News Service |  Software

HP's service can interface with most major source control and build management systems, so it can report on how much code has been submitted, and how successful the automated builds and tests were. It can also synchronize data with HP's in-house ALM software.

Agile Manager went through a two month beta period and goes live Monday. The service starts at US$39 per user per month, with a minimum three-month term.

HP's other new service, Performance Anywhere, monitors the performance of a network application from any end-user location. An organization might use the service to see how quickly its application is responding from a branch office, for example.

To monitor a network application, an organization first records all the typical steps of a user interaction with the system, such as an online transaction, or a log-in routine. Those steps are captured in a script, which then can be automatically executed from any location. When the script is run, HP's service will measure the time it takes for the program to execute the routine. The organization can also set metrics for minimum performance thresholds, so that administrators can be alerted whenever the application takes too long to respond.

Performance Anywhere can also provide additional troubleshooting information for applications running on either the Java Enterprise Edition or the Microsoft .Net platforms, using the diagnostic information provided by the platform. An administrator can send a detailed bug report of an application directly to the developers who manage the program. "You are able to triage an issue much faster," Lyer said.

Performance Anywhere will be offered as a full commercial service in March. Pricing has not been established yet.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

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