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ALMathon – the ALM hackathon powered by the SAP ALM Summit EMEA

We have launched our  first ALMathon challenge in the area of Application Lifecycle Management(ALM)  by SAP

Challenge 2021: “How to make the standard ALM processes smarter with a solution extension?”

This challenge has been addressed to our partners and friends in the area of ALM who are deep engaged in ALM scenarios with SAP customers.

Many of those partners have identified gaps and extension possibilities in their engagements, and have built on their experiences own solutions or integrations into other products to improve the standard processes of SAP Solution Manager or SAP Cloud ALM.

These solutions, extensions and products have been in the focus of the first  ALMathon challenge. The participating teams worked on their existing solutions or even created new innovations  how to extend ALM processes.

10 teams started in May 2021 with the challenge and provided their solutions with a video pitch to a jury of SAP ALM experts. The jury have now selected the TOP 6 pitches to be in the finals with live pitches at the ALM Summit event  on October 19th.

This event is a platform for a huge ALM community which takes place annually virtual or onsite and is giving customers, partners and SAP topic experts  a good opportunity to share information and experiences.

If you want to learn more about the solutions, just join the SAP ALM Summit via registristation  and don´t miss the finals on day 1, right after the keynote lectures.

All TOP 6 selected teams will pitch their solution again in max. 10 min to all event participants virtually . All audience have the possibility to vote with an online poll, which solution pitch they liked most. The winner will be announced immediately after the pitching sessions and will get a price and never-ending fame of being the first ALMathon winner.

If you are registered for the ALM Summit, you will find all video pitches in the event app after 19th of October.

Here are the teams and their solutions. Finalists are marked bold.

Team Solution Abstract Company
blue.octopus alm360 kanban The alm360 Kanban board is a central view for all your tasks from multiple sources such as SAP Cloud ALM, SAP Solution Manager, Microsoft Planner, Atlassian Jira and many more. Work with a, fully customizable central view, across multiple projects to stay up-to-date on your and your teams progress and prioritize your work with the bi-modal speeds in an agile and user friendly way. blueworks
Team Vostura BPMN Creator BPMN Creator is an innovative tool that supports the modelling of business processes in a collaborative team. The modelling is significantly simplified: You simply take a picture of the process modelled on the whiteboard. The BPMN Creator application converts the image fully automatically into a BPMN XML and optimizes the generated model before it is uploaded to the Process Editor of SAP Solution Manager or any other BPMN 2.0 tool. This novel and smart UI5 app enables easy modelling without any prior knowledge of the Process Editor in SAP Solution Manager. Vostura GmbH
bsc solutions Solution Manager Agile Board The digital ScrumBoard invites Teams to work agile in  SAP  ChaRM  by  adding  an  agile  Board  to theorchestration process.You can mapany change document type with their corresponding request     for     change     or     IT-Requirementand activate them to be displayed in a Board. It allows to map all your custom transaction types  with  their  statuses,  business  partners  and predefined  attributes  from  SAP  Solution  Manager 7.2 to the board individually.With the Board solutionagile software development becomes easy. You can change priorities viadrag & drop,   assignchecklistsas definition   of   done, determine dependencies, manage impedimentsand track  the  sprint  progress throughaburndown chart, a cumulative flow chart and much more. bsc solutions GmbH & Co KG
Cpro ALMighty Cpro smartTroubleShooter 4 SAP CALM The already existing and established Cpro ITSM solution smartTroubleShooter (https://cpro-ips.com/blog/2021/03/17/die-cpro-industry-loesung-smarttroubleshooter-im-einsatz-bei-bofrost/) is now also integrated into the SAP ALM target application SAP Cloud ALM (CALM) in addition to SAP Solution Manager 7.2
This integration enables SAP users to transfer troubles directly from their respective work context to the target application SAP CALM in an easy, comfortable and media break-free way
All with the aim of improving the content quality of incidents and thus contributing to efficient collaboration between IT and business
Work contexts can be: SAP ECC, SAP S/4HANA (On Prem / Cloud), or any other SAP Cloud application
Cpro Industry Projects & Solutions GmbH
ALM Integrators SNP ALM Integrator for JIRA SNP ALM Integrator for JIRA delivers seamless integration between SAP® Solution Manager CRM based processes and Atlassian’s JIRA issue-based workflows, allowing customers to benefit from the strengths of both tools, reducing the complexity of handling and automating data exchange. We deliver our ALM integrator for JIRA with preconfigured integration scenarios for SAP Focused Build, incident / defect management and change management processes. Being built on almost 15 years of our project experience of extending and integrating SAP® Solution Manager, SNP ALM Integrator for JIRA brings a rich set of configuration and extension possibilities, making virtually any integration scenario possible and easy to implement.
Key Factors:
– Uses official Atlassian REST API and leaves JIRA untouched – no extension on JIRA side is necessary.
– Built on 15 years of project experience.
– Preconfigured scenarios for SAP Focused Build, ChaRM, incident and defect management integration.
– Rich configuration and extension possibilities.
SNP Group
oxando oxando ALM Link Links all three SAP strategic ALM Solutions (SAP Solution Manager, Focused Build & Cloud ALM) to JIRA with special focus on Test Management:
An E2E Integration scenario –  from requirements management to change control management respecting the central role of manual and automated testing in SAP environments.
oxando
Simac IT NL ALM ScrumBoard for ChaRM and ITSM Scrum board for ChaRM and ITSM in the SAP Solution Manager fiori launchpad simac
CoreALM Agile Scrum Board for SAP Solution Manager Focused Build CoreALM Agile Scrum Board 2.0 is an out-of-the-box solution for SAP Solution Manager Focused Build to manage end-to-end delivery of SAP projects.
Integrated with Jira and Azure DevOps, CoreALM Scrum Board brings your enterprise tools, data, and people to one place and value-added capabilities to derive maximum value from SAP Solution Manager Focused Build. With flexible workflows, powerful analytics and a refreshing user interface, CoreALM Agile Scrum Board helps our customers to effectively organize, track and manage the SAP programs and projects and enable teams to focus on results that matters.
CoreALM
Cross ALM

1.Cross – Connector Jira-Focused Build

2.Cross-Connector Jira/SAP Solution Manager

Cross-Connector JIRA-Focused Build :
The Cross Connector for Focused Build allows users the use of the Jira Board in addition to the Solution Mangager to track all requirements. The connector allows users to link their agile Jira software to the Requirement to Deploy process for introducing S/4HANA. Focused Build, as an extension to the existing processes in Solution Manager, is a set of predefined processes that allow for a different perspective and handling of S/4 projects. The Focused Build Connector aims to connect the users Solution Manager to Jira projects to give their business an advantage over the competitors in the introduction of S/4HANA.

Cross-Connector JIRA-Solman – ChaRM:
The Cross-Connector Jira/ Solman allows users to link your Atlassian Jira board to SAP’s Solution Manager. The Cross Connector guarantees the maintenance of their Solution Manager as a central tool for building an ITIL-compliant application lifecycle management on the one hand and makes it easier for them to collaborate in a more agile way and interactively in the digital workspace with Jira on the other. Thanks to this innovative tool, companies of any size and shape can work together across locations and departments, and processes can be tailored to IT and business.

Cross ALM
SIRIUS & aioneers Next Generation ITSM Dashboard with closed loop performance monitoring

In this video we will showcase the next generation of ITSM Dashboards build on top of the aioneers platform AIOConnect, AIOInsight and AIOImpact. A highly flexible User Interface allows sophisticated drill down and analysis capabilities to identify different levels of  “ITSM key figures”. The Data is used directly from SAP Solution Manager and seamlessly integrated.

The SIRIUS ITSM Business Rulesets allows to setup initiatives and measure impact in a continuous improvement cycle.

SIRIUS Consulting & Training AG

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      Author's profile photo Marco Krapf
      Marco Krapf

      I´m looking forward to the pitches. See you on Tuesday 🙂