Micro Focus, which purchased the software business unit of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, has ALM Octane, that has both on-premise technologies and SaaS-based offerings. ALM Octane is a web-based application lifecycle management platform that enables teams to collaborate easily, manage the product delivery pipeline, and visualize the impact of changes.
GitLab enables portfolio planning and management through epics, groups (programs) and milestones to organize and track progress. Regardless of your methodology from Waterfall to DevOps, GitLab’s simple and flexible approach to planning meets the needs of small teams to large enterprises. GitLab helps teams organize, plan, align and track project work to ensure teams are working on the right things at the right time and maintain end to end visibility and traceability of issues throughout the delivery lifecycle from idea to production.
ALM Octane doesn't include built-in CI/CD, SCM and IDE, therefore integrations with third-party tools are required for the complete software development lifecycle. In contrast, GitLab is a single application for the entire software development lifecycle. From project planning and source code management to CI/CD, monitoring, and security.
From IT Central Station ALM Octane customer: "When I manage projects that are being created in ALM, I have a standard template, but I don't have a template for them in Octane. I literally have to create the project from the ground up every time, which for an administrator, is a nightmare solution". In contrast, Gitlab allows creating projects from template, more details.
From IT Central Station ALM Octane customer: "The Requirements Module could be better, to build up a better requirements process. There's a huge improvement from ALM.NET to Octane, but it's still not really facilitating all the needs of the product owners, to set up their requirements in Octane".
From TechValid ALM Octane Senior consulted: "The Jenkins dashboard (pipeline overview) is amazing. I have shown customers who have a strong anti-HPE bias and they were blown away by that feature alone".