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Today DevOps is about data, not automation. Plutora is pioneering the next evolution of agile and DevOps with Value Stream Management.

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Agile has been around for 20 years, DevOps 10 years. During that time, agile planning tools have matured to effectively increase enterprise agility by delivering work in small batches. DevOps tools have solved automation challenges in software delivery, bringing Dev and Ops together to accelerate software delivery and reduce errors. 

Now automation has become a commodity. And simply automating another inefficient process will not progress our digital transformations forward. We need to guide our efforts with data. When we define our digital transformation objectives at the organization level and can see the barriers to achieving those goals through data-driven insights, we can start to track progress as a whole. 

It’s because of this lack of visibility at the system level that digital transformation efforts often plateau – despite significant investment into agile and DevOps. 

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Driving continuous improvement requires a data-first approach. When we start to analyze software delivery in an organization as a single system using a single data ecosystem, we can begin to see how work flows from idea to operation through our value streams. This allows us to identify what to improve, whether it be through automation or otherwise, and measure the outcomes.  

That is why Plutora has transitioned to an expanded data-centric platform, adding additional metrics to monitor and manage value stream flow, and deepening its integrations with agile planning tools.

An expanded data-centric platform

Without unifying data across your tools you are flying blind in DevOps. While each tool optimizes its area of focus in the pipeline, how work flows through the system as a whole remains a black box because data is locked in tool silos. Simply put, it’s impossible to know the connection between what’s planned and what’s actually happening.

Integrating data across toolchains is now critical to staying competitive. Following our customers’ needs to ingest and analyze more data, Plutora has expanded its analytics engine. These new analytics capabilities enable Plutora to deliver even greater visibility, so you can make better data-driven decisions. 

We are revamping the backend of Plutora to support our expanding data ingestion requirements and updating our event-driven architecture to better scale, and improve the responsiveness of Plutora. You’ll start to see fresher data and consistently fast load times as your data grows with each integration to Plutora. 

Advancing tools for product managers and value stream architects

As our customers look to leverage Plutora in more use cases, Plutora has implemented deeper integrations with planning tools. This expansion allows Plutora to enrich work item data with a time series and change history in a broader common data model. 

Plutora enables product managers to unify their planning data across multiple repositories – each with their own status and priority definitions – into a single source of truth.  With this capability they can better understand current performance and plan future initiatives without having to consider the different methodologies or tooling across teams. This comprehensive data is available via out of the box dashboards throughout the Plutora Platform as well as through the enterprise analytics engine to create custom reports. 

Moving forward, Plutora will continue to bring more planning data into its analytics engine so you can make even easier product management and value stream architect decisions. Demonstrating this are the Value Stream Flow Metrics, the first feature for product managers leveraging this deeper integration with planning data.

Value Stream Flow Metrics

After launching support for the DevOps metrics last year, this year we’re announcing support for the Value Stream Flow Metrics. Both sets of metrics look at the value stream as a whole, complementing Plutora’s release, environment, and deployment metrics. 

The Value Stream Flow Metrics enable teams to identify opportunities for improvement that deliver more value to your customers, improve employee productivity, and protect a value stream’s future performance. They bring business, product, and development teams together and make sure they are speaking the same language. 

Instead of business leaders, product managers, and developers all looking at different metrics such as story points or deployments, everyone can focus on optimizing the flow of work through the value stream. This provides insights into how long it will take to deliver a given functionality, where  investments should be focused, and what is holding teams back from achieving their digital transformation goals. 

Plutora integrates these metrics throughout the platform, offering the richest set of metrics of any value stream management solution. Teams can use out-of-the-box dashboards or create dashboards using the powerful customization and visualization capabilities of Plutora. 

Read more about how to use our Value Stream Flow Metrics with Plutora in our eGuide, Discover the Power of the Value Stream Metrics.  

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