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AppZero

Best suited for applications where installing from scratch is not an option or a very difficult one. Migrating applications that you are familiar with, you have support for or have done in the past, via AppZero, in my experience, may become more time/resource consuming. In my environment it makes little sense for example to migrate an Office Suite via AppZero. Good at collapsing tiers (e.g. old application whose demand has waned and it no longer needs to serve large number of users). The score is awarded is a bit misleading, AppZero is invaluable when you have no other choice but for mainstream applications its value drops.
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VersionOne

It integrates well with github. As a new build is triggered from an artifact on github, the build version is updated to the story on VersionOne.
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Pros

  • When documentation regarding the implementation of an application is missing (e.g. old versions and support is prohibitive to obtain, or in case of homegrown applications) it becomes the tool available to perform the migration.
  • There is always a back-out option, and different approaches/attempts can be made.
  • Will provide you insight on what otherwise would be a "blackbox" application.
  • Allows you to consolidated multi-tiered applications into fewer/single tiers.
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  • For Distributed teams, collaboration is the biggest concern. So in Version one there is awesome feature for collaboration, called ‘Conversations’ which can be used by teams to discuss work and ideas. It helps in keeping all stakeholders at same page & enhances transparency.
  • To track forward & backward dependencies, it has feature called Visualization which lets you trace all project activities through multiple levels to see how stories are related and can help you in identifying blocking issues/impediments.
  • Integrates well with GitHub so whenever new build is triggered, the build version is updated to the story on Version One. So its keeps everyone updated & no need to send mails/release notes after the deployments.
  • It provides good support for continuous improvement, the basic requirement for scrum teams as it has feature called “Ideas" - an idea submission and voting platform for team members.
  • I also found the goal page very useful, here you can list the goals for the team & leadership and track which goals are completed & which are in progress.
  • The team room feature offer a place to see team backlog, a storyboard for the current sprint & task board for the current sprint. This feature is there in Agilecraft s well & I found it very useful.
  • For sizing the stories, it includes the mini-game 'Estimably' which helps teams estimate stories anonymously. Anonymously is the key here.
  • Tracking team progress is easy using Sprint Tracking feature & Task board. Sprint Tracking shows the total estimates, capacity, completed hours, etc. & Task board shows which story is done, in progress & not started.
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Cons

  • I'd like to see a more streamlined migration of applications relying on SQL.
  • I'd like to see better documentation, or perhaps labs/examples available.
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  • Set up is a little complicated when compared to other tools.
  • Version one comes with lot of features like Rally but here we don’t get customization which is there in Jira, where from workflow to issue everything can be customized based on your team/program/portfolio requirements.
  • I found it bit slow specifically when a particular story has test, documents tagged/attached to it.
  • Lot of navigation to access basic stuff. Example: if I want to go to bug attachment , there are lot of clicks & navigation need to do which should be pretty straightforward I feel.
  • Test Management need improvement in terms of tracking tests, team had hard time tracking regression test cases.
  • Support desk is not good , if contacted they will confuse you more, better google the thing you want to do rather than connecting with support desk.
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Alternatives Considered

I have not use any other application for this purpose. I've selected AppZero based on peer recommendation and found it to fulfill the functionality I was looking for.
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We considered rally & AgileCraft since they also provides good support to SAFe framework.Though I personally found Rally better equipped but Rally was rejected due to its higher cost.AgileCraft & Version One provides many common features i.e Team Rooms, Planning Rooms, Capabilities Kanban, Road mapping but Version One support for collaboration tools & its seamless integration with GitHub played key role in going with Version One.
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Return on Investment

  • It has certainly proved to be a worthwhile investment. There were cases where to migrate an application several versions behind with lapsed support would've been a many zeroes expense. Done via AppZero, it was a LOT cheaper.
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  • We were able to implement SAFe successfully using Version One tool. It awesome support for safe practices like Strategic themes, budgeting, WSJF prioritization, PI planning, roadmaps, safe metrics, continuous delivery makes the difference.
  • Leadership is able to track critical programs using version one. Also 40+ agile metrics provides good view to leadership on progress of their critical initiatives & they were able to take right decisions based on the current state of program.
  • The collaboration tools like Conversations & integration with slack helped in effective distributed team collaboration by keeping all stakeholders at same page.
  • It allows top leadership to visualize and report their strategic plans, giving all stakeholders the relevant data that they need to stay dedicated to the program priorities.
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Pricing Details

AppZero

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Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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VersionOne

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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