Use 'One-Click' Zephyr Connectors to Automate Your DevOps Pipeline
Streamlining and automating your entire software delivery lifecycle is critically important when you're trying to build a DevOps pipeline. Zephyr offers a wide collection of out-of-the-box connectors, also known as add-ons, that allow you to integrate with some of the best DevOps tools available in the market, such as Jira Software, Confluence, Bitbucket, Bamboo, Github and SonarQube. In addition to helping agile DevOps teams make better use of existing resources, these connectors can be used to identify bottlenecks in your DevOps pipeline.
Zephyr connectors enable the Zephyr DevOps dashboard to interact with an assortment of software and software testing applications that can update project teams on software QA testing, testing management, and coding quality status. Applications you can connect include the following:
SonarQube is used for continuous inspection of code quality to perform automatic reviews with static analysis of code in order to detect bugs, code smells (characteristics in the source code that possibly indicate a deeper problem), and security vulnerabilities in over 20 different programming languages. An open source platform developed by SonarSource, some language support is only available via a commercial license.
GitHub is a code hosting platform for version control and collaboration. It lets developers and testers work together on projects both locally and remotely. It's useful for tracking code changes, backtracking those changes, as well as for sharing development and testing efforts.
Bamboo is a continuous integration (CI) server from Atlassian that allows developers to automatically build, integrate, test and deploy source code. Bamboos merges all working copies of a software development project, including mainline and branch development trees, in any programming language or development tool. Unlike Jenkins and other open-source CI/CD servers, Bamboo is commercial software that is integrated (and supported) out of the box with other Atlassian products such as Bitbucket, Jira, and Confluence.
Zephyr Test Management
The Zephyr test management tool provides enterprises with the ability to create and execute manual and automated tests. The test case creation dashboard that's part of the Zephyr DevOps tool lets developers and testers plan, create and organize test cases, as well as import test cases from other third-party sources. The Zephyr DevOps tool integrates with Zephyr's predictive analytics product, which enables enterprises to identify problems with the release quality of products in the software delivery pipeline before they occur. This helps organizations building DevOps pipelines quickly identify what QA tests can be automated versus what should stay manual.
Bitbucket is a web-based version control repository hosting service from Atlassian for source code and development projects. Similar to GitHub, Bitbucket Server (formerly known as Stash) is a combination version control server and web interface product. It allows users to do things like reviewing or merging code, while controlling read and write access to the code. Like Bamboo, Bitbucket also provides integration with other Atlassian tools.
Atlassian's Confluence can be used to create, organize and discuss team projects in one central location. It's often used to coordinate tasks, empower users in the design and creation of documents, and provide a place for collaborative online discussion. Confluence also has product requirements templates that agile team can use to ensure consistency in documenting requirements, which include commenting features that allow business users, developers and testers to remark on content, add important information, or ask questions, therefore resolving ambiguity early in the development process.
The Jira project management tool empowers agile team members to create user stories and issues, plan sprints, and distribute tasks across a software team. Team members can discuss and prioritize functions within the distributed JIRA environment, which you can customize to match your team's workflow. You can also upgrade your workflow with add-ons for Zephyr, Confluence, Bitbucket, and hundreds of other developer tools.
Mix and Match DevOps Tools
Zephyr takes a realistic approach to how Test and QA Teams work, collaborate and interact with each other and the rest of the world. Because of this, the Zephyr DevOps product offers a single point of contact that integrates with all the best DevOps tools, such as Jira, Jenkins, Bamboo, SonarQube, Zephyr Enterprise, GitHub, etc., and not just a specified subset. If your webserver is appropriately configured, connectors applicable to your DevOps tool set can be automatically installed directly from the Zephyr DevOps Collectors Inventory. These tool connectors will fetch data from your chosen DevOps tools and reflect this data on the Zephyr DevOps Dashboard.
This allows you to track and manage your entire DevOps pipeline at a high level--with end-to-end visibility of the Defect, Code Coverage, Source Control, Build and Test Management systems--while still giving users the option to drill down to see the details in each of the chosen tools if they need to.
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