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  • MKSMKS first built a strong SCCM platform and then extended the configuration, collaboration and change management capabilities to requirements, test and distribution management. The company has demonstrated its ability to win and support large companies with global facilities.Strengths• The product has a flexible process model implemented in a single integrated data model and metadata repository.• Differencing to support parallel development is well-executed.• Good metrics on processes can be obtained from the unified data model and repository.• Proxies and federated support provide high-performance support for geographically distributed development.Cautions• The price of an entry configuration is relatively high. There is no departmental scale starter solution.• The company and brand are not well-known and have relatively few implementation partners.• Implementation requires consulting assistance for effective setup.The short version: As usual, MKS has the strongest technology as evaluated by the analystsAbility to execute is more about market share with Gartner… we’re growing here. Also note that others (like Serena) have been plummeting in ranking since this came out…Gartner is also moving to an “ALM Magic Quadrant” in the medium term; this MQ will go away at some point (we expect to rank highly in the new MQ).
  • MKS provides a robust development management solution. MKS provides extensive task and workflow management coupled with good life-cycle integration. The MKS Integrity platform is the most secure product we evaluated, offering comprehensive support for encryption, authorization, and electronic signatures, making it very attractive for industries where compliance and audit are high priorities for developers. Scoring for MKS Integrity suffered a bit because MKS does not use a comprehensive Agile development approach. MKS uses an iterative approach for major releases and a Scrum-like Agile method for small or patch releases. MKS does offer an Agile, Scrum-like template out of the box, which, coupled with the very flexible and extendable workflow model, would provide strong support for organizations that follow a “Scrum, but . . .” or hybrid Agile approach.The short version: MKS would have scored even higher, but doesn’t practice enough Agile internally…We are able to deliver Agile capability AS WELL AS more traditional (waterfall) capability on the same platformMKS is the ideal solution for the enterprise that wants to be more Agile but faces governance/compliance and process control needsFull report is on the saleskit here: http://mks3.mks.com:7001/im/runreport?selection=Asset&issues=3731

20100917 mks integrity platform overview 20100917 mks integrity platform overview Presentation Transcript

  • MKS Integrity - Enterprise ALM Platform
    An Overview of MKS Integrity Architecture,
    Concepts and Capabilities
  • What are we talking about
    • Introducing MKS Integrity
    • Next Step from MKS Implementer / CA 2E CM / CA Plex
    • MKS Integrity Architecture
    • Technology Architecture
    • ALM Functional Coverage
    • Agile Coverage
    • Key MKS Integrity Concepts
    • Item Types
    • Workflows
    • Relationships
    • Security, Automation
    • Metrics, Reporting, Charting & Dashboards
    • In Summary
  • Introducing MKS Integrity
    MKS Integrity is an enterprise application lifecycle management (ALM) platform that coordinates and manages all activities and artifacts associated with software development through a single unified application to deliver higher team productivity, visibility and compliance for software engineering and IT organizations.
  • What Makes MKS Integrity Unique
    • MKS Integrity provides consistent capabilities across all disciplines of the application lifecycle by defining hierarchies, relationships and change management processes for numerous user defined application artifacts.
    • Unlike other ALM offerings that have been assembled by acquisition, our unified platform provides enterprise class scalability and multi-platform capability to support large scale software reuse initiatives, workflow-based collaboration and rich mining of application activity data to deliver higher team productivity, visibility and compliance for software engineering and IT organizations.
  • MKS Integrity Technology Architecture
  • Common ALM Architecture Challenges
    • No real-time visibility
    • Lack of visibility into geographically distributed team activities
    • Lack of consolidated information about status of work
    • Lack of virtual team collaboration causing project disruption
    • Compliance and Security
    • Lack of security controls exposing systems to unauthorized access
    • Cannot provide evidence of security controls
    • Increased compliance costs due to undocumented or poorly defined software development processes
    • High administrative efforts
    • High administrative costs due to proprietary skills needed to support various toolsets in use
    • Too much effort expended to provide management reports
    • Overlapping functionality across ALM tools; what to implement?
  • MKS and Application Lifecycle Management
  • CA 2E / Plex
  • MKS Federated Server Architecture™
    Enables global, real-time collaboration for geographically distributed software development teams
    Intelligent local caching of source code and file attachment data
    Overcomes limitations with bandwidth constrained or high latency networks
    Leverages local development talent; “follow the sun” model, etc
    Real-time access to Global ALM repository, independent of location
    Improves virtual team collaboration
    Better visibility across all activities and artifacts
    Avoids coding conflicts, reducing likelihood of late-breaking integration efforts causing project disruption
  • MKS Integrity Platform Benefits
    • Gain control and visibility across global development activities
    • Manage the complete ALM process as a single entity
    • Enables gradual implementation approach
    • Focus on addressing immediate challenges
    • Next generation, enterprise-based architecture & capabilities delivering:
    • Real-time global collaboration
    • Enterprise scalability
    • Quick ramp to productivity
    • Artifact level security and role based permissions
    • Multi-platform compatibility (Wintel, Unix, Linux, System i)
    • Integration into mainframe based CM products such as CA-Endevor
  • MKS Integrity – ALM Coverage
  • Key Technical Advantages
    • Manage all artifacts within the application lifecycle:
    • Requirements, Change Requests, Tasks, Test cases, Defects, Deployments – all within a single data model
    • Complete lifecycle traceability between ALM artifacts
    • Any artifact is re-usable (and shared) amongst projects
    • Common security, workflow and e-signature based approvals
    • User experience tailored to specific roles
    • Real time metrics on project progression and other IT related activities
    • Isolation of changes by task; application across software baseline
    • Automated review process to ensure changes are approved before committed
  • Gartner Magic Quadrant for Software Change and ConfigurationManagement for Distributed Platforms (March 2009)
    MKS
    • Best overall current features
    • More than just SCCM
    • Long history of excellence
    The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2009 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
  • MKS
    • Best overall current features
    • Highest Scores in:
    • ‘Security’
    • ‘Running a Project’ and
    • ‘Process Configuration’
    The Forrester Wave is copyrighted by Forrester Research, Inc. Forrester and Forrester Wave are trademarks of Forrester Research, Inc. The Forrester Wave is a graphical representation of Forrester's call on a market and is plotted using a detailed spreadsheet with exposed scores, weightings, and comments. Forrester does not endorse any vendor, product, or service depicted in the Forrester Wave. Information is based on best available resources. Opinions reflect judgment at the time and are subject to change.
  • MKS Integrity Key Concepts
  • MKS Integrity Concept: Items
    An ITEM is the fundamental building block of the MKS Integrity data model
    Every item has an assigned type; examples include Requirement, Specification, Test Case, Change Request, etc.
    Every item type has attributes describing:
    purpose, such as description, classification, etc
    data elements
    management information such as assigned user, state, completion dates,
  • Enforced Item Workflow
    Every item type has its own workflow which describes how it moves from state to state;
    State transition rules, conditions and permissions are defined by the administrator and enforced by the system
    State transition history is displayed to users
    Transition rules can require notifications and approvals
    E-signatures can enforced for state changes
  • Defined Item Relationships
    Items can be linked by unlimited user defined relationships
    Defined relationships are used to create hierarchy and trace relationships
    Can group an entire set for management and impact analysis purposes
    Can also derive automated metrics across relationships
    Can be used for suspect linking
  • Item Reuse
    Any item can be reused within multiple documents or projects
    Can be versioned, branched and baselined as part of a configuration
    Standard configuration management concepts applied to items (requirements, specifications, test cases) or code
    Parent/child relationships can be configured to manage dependencies
  • MKS Integrity Concept: Process Automation
    Process automation can be configured to:
    Automate escalation and notification due to occurrence of pre-defined events (such as inactivity thresholds, time limits, etc.)
    Launch external processes based on pre-defined rules
    Automatically calculate system metrics based on derived schedule
    Conditional assignments
  • MKS Integrity Security Model
    Enterprise class security enabling:
    Domain-based authentication
    Item level access permissions
    Attribute control (viewing, editing)
    E-signature and state-based approvals
    Audit reporting and control
  • MKS Integrity Concept: Metrics
    Metrics can be automatically derived for:
    All activities contained within a unit of work (i.e. Project effort, costs)
    Portfolio Management purposes (i.e. Applications maintenance activity)
    Process efficiency (i.e. first-time-right, churn, KPI)
  • MKS Integrity Reporting, Charting, Dashboards
    Comprehensive reporting, charting and dashboards to:
    Summarize status information meaningful to your business
    Compare project progress over time
    Visualize team performance and indicators
  • MKS Integrity for Agile
    MKS Integrity for Agile is an enterprise application lifecycle management platform that enables organizations to adopt Agile software development methodologies while also managing traditional development methodologies.
    MKS Integrity for Agile simplifies the transition from traditional processes and practices to more agile ones, through its unsurpassed process flexibility. Built as a single solution, it provides out of the box transparency and real-time visibility with the ability to manage all development processes and artifacts in a single data repository.
  • MKS Integrity for Agile
    MKS Integrity for Agile is an enterprise application lifecycle management platform that enables organizations to adopt Agile software development methodologies while also managing traditional development methodologies.
    MKS Integrity for Agile simplifies the transition from traditional processes and practices to more agile ones, through its unsurpassed process flexibility. Built as a single solution, it provides out of the box transparency and real-time visibility with the ability to manage all development processes and artifacts in a single data repository.
  • Video Demo
    www.mks.com
  • In Summary
    • MKS Integrity enables you to:
    • Gain control and visibility across global development activities
    • Manage the ALM process as a single entity and data model
    • Adopt gradual implementation approach
    • Build on existing MKS tooling
    • Focus on alleviating immediate challenges
    • Next generation, enterprise-based architecture & capabilities delivering
    • Strong, tailorable support for Agile development
  • Next Steps
    • Take a closer look in the afternoon session
    • Web meeting technical discussion and question and answer
    • Agile assessments from CREOSS incorporated with tooling assessments
    ADC Austin as MKS Reseller
    John Rhodes
    jdrhodes@adcaustin.com
    http://adcaustin.com
  • Thank You
    www.mks.com