About Santander Brazil
Established in 1982, Santander Brazil is the country’s third largest privately held bank by assets and an autonomous subsidiary of Santander, which is the largest bank in the eurozone and a global leader in the sector. Offering a range of personal and business banking services, Santander Brazil operates 2,936 branches employs 53,743 banking experts, and serves over 56 million customers.
Overcoming Barriers to Innovation
With new challengers entering the market at a rapid pace, the heat is on for established banks to ensure that their products and services are competitive and deliver true value to customers. With over 19 million digital banking customers, Santander Brazil is already harnessing the power of technology to enhance its products and services. The bank’s dedicated software developers work around-the-clock to deliver the latest banking innovations to customers.
Giovanni Alves da Silva, IT Analyst at Santander Brazil, comments: “The key to our success is our ability to deliver new products and services quickly – from online and mobile banking applications to back-end services. To accelerate the design and delivery of new applications and features, we decided to encourage our software development team to adopt agile methodologies.”
For many years, Santander Brazil relied on Micro Focus ALM/Quality Center integrated with Jira Software to support the development, testing, and deployment of new applications. While these tools delivered excellent results for traditional development projects, the bank wanted to improve its support for agile workflows too.
Yuri Gregorio do Couto, Senior IT Analyst at Santander Brazil, says: “One of the core challenges we faced was visibility. We had lots of different teams using our tools in slightly different ways. The lack of standardization made it difficult to find and fix bugs. What’s more, when a developer identified a bug, they had to manually create a new story in Jira – creating additional work and taking time away from other important development tasks.”
Exploring the Power of Micro Focus ALM Octane
To accelerate the delivery of new products and services, Santander Brazil looked for a solution that could streamline agile workflows. Impressed with its experience of Micro Focus ALM/Quality Center, the bank embarked on a pilot of Micro Focus ALM Octane – an integrated DevOps planning and management tool designed with agile methodologies in mind.
Alves da Silva explains: “We first considered expanding our use of Jira by adopting Zephyr, but we would have needed to set up and manage an additional server, and it would have limited our options for enhancing our workflows. Instead, we decided to test the much more powerful functionality available in Micro Focus ALM Octane for optimizing and redesigning our development processes.”
During the pilot, Santander Brazil integrated Micro Focus ALM Octane with its mobile application testing solution based on Micro Focus UFT Mobile as well as its existing Jenkins (CloudBees) and Jira solutions for automated testing. After a three-month trial, the feedback from users was extremely positive.
Gregorio do Couto comments: “Micro Focus ALM Octane offered so many ways for us to identify and execute process improvements and standardizations across the development pipeline. Moreover, it offered much faster performance, so we decided to roll out the solution to other teams in our development department.”
Today, Micro Focus ALM Octane supports over 500 projects and 1,000 workspaces, and the solution is used by over 2,600 people in Santander Brazil every day.
Alves da Silva explains: “We received excellent support from Micro Focus throughout the implementation, which lead to us completing a total rollout in under six months – including the pilot phase. Micro Focus went above and beyond to build a great partnership; they were always on hand to help us with issues and provided rapid responses to any questions that came up during the project.”
Staying Ahead in a Competitive Market
Having transformed its software development capabilities by moving from waterfall to agile practices, Santander recognized that its existing quality-management approaches also needed to be updated. By implementing Micro Focus ALM Octane, the bank has achieved alignment between its tools and its agile methodology, gaining a much clearer and more complete view of the quality of software releases to internal clients. Today, every pipeline is rigorously tracked and monitored in Micro Focus ALM Octane, and software must pass through every quality gate in Octane in order to be approved for production.