Migros is Switzerland’s largest retail company, largest supermarket chain, and largest employer. Structured as a cooperative federation with more than two million members, Migros is also one of the forty largest retailer in the world.
Flexible Micro Focus Response to ‘Cloud-First’ Approach
A long-term Micro Focus customer, Migros first leveraged Micro Focus ALM/Quality Center, Micro Focus UFT One, and Micro Focus Business Process Testing (BPT) 10 years ago when the launch of large-scale SAP implementation revealed shortcomings in their existing application testing systems.
Thomas Bertogg, Head of Release and Test Management with Migros, explains: “Up until then we had manually managed our application testing using spreadsheets. As a result, our test management was quite weak, and we didn’t have a good overview of defects in particular. Once we implemented the Micro Focus technology, the solutions served us very well for nearly 10 years. Our SAP implementation grew to over 10,000 users and we leverage most of the common SAP modules to run our business: finance, human capital management, logistics, supply chain etc. We are now moving towards a full HANA implementation which increases the complexity of our test environment.”
Migros recently adopted a ‘cloud-first’ approach to its IT, outsourcing much of its platform management to partner ATOS so that it can focus on its core business and competencies instead of system administration. Within the testing team this meant a renewed focus on structuring test management and its methodology. In a bid to be more responsive to change requests, and reduce time to market for new releases, the organization moved towards a DevOps and Agile way of working. As this is not a swift transition it looked for a test solution that could support a hybrid development model. The team was introduced to the SaaS version of ALM/Quality Center and adopted this to eliminate on-premises maintenance, upgrade, and system administration activities, while complying with a new corporate standard.
Supporting a Hybrid Development Model
Migros learned about Micro Focus ALM Octane through the Micro Focus Embrace DevOps community. ALM Octane ensures high quality application delivery and continuous integration via enterprise DevOps and Agile management.
ALM Octane SaaS Deployment and SSO Support Promote Fast User Adoption
It is important that ALM Octane offers an easy adoption path for the many other companies that make up the Migros family. ALM Octane’s SaaS deployment means that new adopters do not need to install any client software, making it far easier to scale and reach new teams. “We have only been live with ALM Octane for about six months, and already I’m receiving weekly calls from teams asking for ALM Octane access for their agile projects,” says Bertogg. “Different teams often work on completely different networks, but this is not an issue for ALM Octane at all. A big advantage for users is the single-sign on we introduced within ALM Octane, by integrating it with our Active Directory (AD) for credentials authentication. It makes it far easier for users to access and it improves our security.”