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Secure DevOps | January 26, 2021
Introducing Work Items in HCL Compass EssentialSAFe
Starting with HCL Compass 2.0.1, we now ship a new schema and package called EssentialSAFe. You can use this schema to help your team follow Essential SAFe ® practices. More information about SAFe can be found on the Scaled Agile Framework® website. SAFe and Scaled Agile Framework are registered trademarks of Scaled Agile, Inc. In our last blog, Introducing an Essential SAFe® Schema and Package for HCL Compass 2.0.1, we introduced the release train and its supporting records, such as the Solution, Team, ProgramIncrement and Iteration records. In this blog we will introduce  you to the SAFe work items available in the EssentialSAFe schema. Introduction In the EssentialSAFe schema, there are three work items available to scope, plan and implement wonderful experiences in your solutions. They are the Feature, Story, and Task. These make up part of the SAFe Requirements Model, which is shown below: Among the work items shown here, only the Feature and Story are available in Essential SAFe. In addition, the Task work item (optional in SAFe) can be used. Below we describe each of these, including how they get created. Features Feature work items are completed within a Program Increment (PI), which generally lasts 8-12 weeks. There are two types of features, a business feature and an enabler feature. Business features are created by Product Managers with assistance from Product Owners. Enabler features are created by System Architects and System Engineers and provide an Architectural Runway. To create a feature, use the New… menu in the upper left. Note – the menu will say New Query if you are using the sample EssentialSAFe database, because no default record type has been specified yet. Work items in HCL Compass EssentialSAFe are stateful records. That means they follow a state model. The following diagram shows the states and...
Secure DevOps | January 26, 2021
What are the immediate benefits of value stream management?
As soon as you implement a value stream management approach, you’ll start to see immediate beneifts for your organization's processes, culture, and output.
Mainframes | January 22, 2021
Installing Z and I Emulator for Web
Z and I Emulator for Web (‘ZIEWeb’ or ‘ZIE for Web’) is a browser-based multi-platform application that is designed to be compatible with a wide range of browsers and operating systems. The product is tested with all the available versions of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, and other browsers to ensure that Users continue to have reliable access to host systems with benefits of browser-based technology. Salient features of ZIE for Web: Multi-platform browser-based emulator API Support Support for IBM system Z and I Language support English and Japanese Transport Layer Security(TLS) Installing ZIE for Web ZIE for Web can be installed on all the supported platforms using Installation Manager. Select File > Preferences. 2. Select Repositories in the left panel. This option shows all the available repositories that have been added to the Installation Manager. 3. If HCL ZIE for Web is not listed, then Select the Add Repository button on the right side. 4. Click Browse and navigate to the location of the extracted HCL ZIE WEB path and select the diskTag.inf file present in disk1 folder. 5. Click OK, to add the new repository location to the list. 6. Click Test Connections to ensure that the Repository URL is available. 7. From the Home page of the Installation Manager, click Install. The Installation Manager searches the defined repositories for available packages. 8. Select the ‘Z and I Emulator for Web’ package. Click Next. 9. Read the license agreements. If you agree to the terms of the license agreement, select the checkbox against ‘I accept the terms of the license agreement’, and then click Next to continue. 10. Select the required architecture and click on Next. 11. Select the languages that you want to install. The default language is English. Click Next. 12. Review your selection and provide the...
Digital Solutions | January 22, 2021
Build or Buy? The Answer Is Key to Digital Transformation. Are the Resources It Takes to Build Worth It?
Companies worldwide are developing new technology strategies and solutions, and there is a fundamental question that can keep CEOs awake at night: Build or buy? Choosing whether to buy or build has historically depended on the type of tech that a company needs to implement. But in an environment in which more people than ever are working remotely and app developers need to cater to more user modalities (such as mobile, wearable, and desktop devices) than ever before, a clear shift is emerging in favor of buying. [button link="https://www.hcltechsw.com/products/volt-mx" type="big" color="black"] Build consumer-grade multiexperience apps — fast — with HCL Volt MX[/button] The hidden costs of building It’s understandably tempting to build new solutions — companies have teams of talented developers and want to maintain control over their costs as well as their technology. However, what initially seems like the cheaper, more reliable option can be riddled with hidden costs. Organizations tend to underestimate both the time and money it takes to maintain security and operations when building new tech — plus it’s hard for development teams to control or push back against “scope creep” when those requests to add features or functions come from upper management or the head of IT. There are often many more building steps required before deployment than companies often realize when they first plan projects and solutions.  The time and IT support that building internally requires can slow the deployment of new tech drastically. We are living in a time when time-sensitive information and updates are as important as ever, and remote working conditions make it impossible for IT teams to address company tech issues in person. Once an app or other technology solution is built, the journey is far from over — development teams have to maintain and update it to keep up with the needs and demands that can come from employees, partners, and/or customers. Enterprise organizations bank on success by choosing to buy A recent Forrester study interviewed five companies with revenue from $5 million to $6 billion and found the net financial benefit of buying new tech (over building) to be $1,686,884, with an average ROI...
Unica Journey - Dynamic Content and Offers
Marketing & Commerce | January 22, 2021
Unica Journey – Handling Dynamic Content using Decision and Engagement Split
With the increasing number of touchpoints for the customers to engage with a brand or their product, mapping out a customer’s journey has become increasingly complex. Despite that, customer journey mapping is important as it helps in unraveling customer's expectations, gain insight into their mental model, and helps in creating a personalized omnichannel experience. HCL Unica Journey is a product developed for marketers, helping them design the entire customer journey using different capabilities of Unica Journey like Touchpoints, Engagement split, Decision splits, etc. Unica Journey helps marketers communicate with their customers using different touchpoints like Email and SMS. Marketers can integrate the Journey touchpoint with different Email and SMS connectors and quickly deliver their contents/offers to the targeted audiences. Supported Email Delivery Connectors – Unica Deliver, Mailchimp, and Mandrill using HCL Link. Supported SMS Delivery Connectors – Unica Deliver, Twilio using HCL Link. Use Case: As a marketer,  I would prefer to send desired content/offers to the customers based on their hobbies along with personalization with a single click. If the customer has a hobby of ‘Reading’ then as a marketer, I want to send content/offer related to books/magazines to this customers and those who love ‘Music’ I must send content/offer related to some musical instruments, etc. Unica Journey can send dynamic offers/contents to the customers using the preferred delivery channel. The decision split of Unica Journey has a strong capability to do segmentation based on desired conditions. Journey can send desired contents/offers to the set of people who belong to that segment. Let's have a look at how we can achieve it with Unica Journey. Steps 1. Entry Source creation: The marketer needs to create an Entry source where he can upload the customer data in any supported data import formats, as shown below. E.g., CSV file in this...
Data Management | January 21, 2021
Delivering with the HCL Link Healthcare Pack
Medical services, as an exceptionally controlled industry, presents basic business challenges for payers and suppliers the same. The entire healthcare industry is presented with an expanded strain to actualize profitability and quality upgrades while lessening costs and improving tolerant consideration. At the focal point of these huge requests are medical services information.  “HCL Link Healthcare Pack accelerates the adoption of and compliance with key healthcare payment and clinical data industry standards with this solution pack of accelerators, including data definitions, validation, and samples of HIPAA, NCPDP, HL7, FHIR and more”  HCL Link is a modernized system to assist efforts with tackling multifaceted information mix issues. HCL Link gives the capacity to interface with the source or target operation of the important information and afterward measures complex information change and approval across a scope of informing guidelines and information designs.  “HCL Link Healthcare Pack delivers accelerators for HIPAA, HL7, FHIR and NCPDP to address multi-standard exchange formatting requirements of the healthcare industry. The Pack contains schemas, maps, sample data, and utility modules. These predefined, industry specific objects provide flexibility to implement a wide variety of integration applications and boost the development effort by reusing standard components.”  Visit HCL Link or download an in-depth take on the HCL Link Healthcare Pack.  

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