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…and it is not the after effects of xTravaganza

A demonstration of Serena’s Development Manager kicked things off for the early birds with Mike Troth from R&D describing the persona-based UI workbench and the evolving and rich user experience of Serena’s Orchestrated ALM solutions.  Armed with a second coffee, many then headed over to hear Iryna Lutsiuk from the Quality Assurance team reveal an internally developed SBM application for test case management being used to manage test cases, test



I watched a “me too” moment while in the xChange12 breakout session “How to Use the Power of Dimensions CM to Drive Continuous Integration” by Paul Caruana, a member of the Serena Support team. Paul was talking about how Serena uses Jenkins with Dimensions CM to enable continuous integration in our development lab. It was at that point that one of Serena’s customers asked about the ability to integrate Subversion (configuration management), Jenkins (continuous integration) and Dimensions CM (deployment). Before Paul could answer, three other customers added, “We want to do that too. What’s the answer?” As a software provider, we obviously want our customers to use as much of our software as possible.



Day 2 at xChange12

Speeding ALM implementations, Peter Raymond from R&D described Serena’s Orchestrated ALM reference architecture. Walking through domain models, artifact relationships and process models, the reference architecture provides a blueprint to help our customers coordinate and integrate processes and tools across the Application Development and Delivery lifecycle. He then described a customer implementation that was expedited through use of the reference architecture to simply revise and adjust forms, workflows and integrations quickly and efficiently.

There was plenty of excitement when Jack Leon, also from R&D, revealed the evolution of our process-based agile



Las Vegas is a tough town to in which think about losing weight. Yet, I found myself dwelling on that very topic after Serena’s CEO, John Nugent, finished his keynote yesterday’s xChange12. He introduced this notion of “properly weighted” tools. So often I’ve met with companies who, for all of the right reasons, have a complex environment of software applications accumulated over the years. When faced with the need for efficiency gains, they first turn to their software tools in their portfolio with a “can do” attitude. Often times these tools are overweight for what is needed; “it can do that too” is the common mantra. Let me suggest that the “should do” approach is to first look at process

Tags: ALM, xChange


Today was day 1 of Serena’s xChange12. DevOps was a major theme. Our customers are quite clear on this topic: it’s not Dev or Ops but rather Dev and Ops. The real value Serena provides is that we have both feet planted firmly in the Development and Operations domains. Gartner wrote of Serena, “Differentiation is strength in release management, giving Serena the most complete DevOps story.” Our SBM-based, fully integrated, process centric, approach to DevOps will surely help our customers realize the benefits the benefits they seek.



User experience is about more than just UI; it’s about the behavior of people. It’s about designing services, systems, and applications for what people actually do (naturally) or what they could do ideally — not what we “think” they currently do. Interactions should be natural and therefore the design should be silent (not in the way of the person). Using an application (even for everyday tasks) should be… well… engaging.

This isn’t easy. Sure, there are usability and UX design principles and competencies, but there is nothing more telling and more accurate than learning the human using the application (you). And I don’t mean just learning your name,



Orchestrated ITWe’re proud to announce that the Orchestrated IT advances we announced in March are now generally available.  Version 3.5 of Serena’s Orchestrated IT solutions offer major advances in usability, performance, and your ability to coordinate both application and operational changes through a



xChange 2012We’re counting down to xChange12, Serena’s global user conference in Las Vegas from September 10-12.  If you are or plan on joining us, now is the time to start choosing breakout sessions to attend!  There are over 80 sessions in six different tracks.  Choosing amongst these sessions from Serena experts, successful customers and value-added partners will be tough, so consider inviting your colleagues to come to



Over the past couple of weeks we have been traveling around the country as part of a 28-city tour to find out what IT really thinks. Stops included Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York, Phoenix and San Diego; and this week we are in Washington DC.

The very creative team here at Serena has come up with a fun



I’m very excited to announce that our newest Orchestrated IT solution, Serena Requirements Manager, is now available! Powered by Dimensions RM, Prototype Composer and Serena Business Manager, Serena Requirements Manager provides comprehensive capabilities to orchestrate the entire requirements lifecycle. This release of