Validata SAS is the first fully integrated Automated Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution built for the Banking and Financial sector, developed to provide an easier and more cost-efficient approach to managing project delivery. It truly aligns business and IT processes to ensure quantifiable benefits. It is a central platform for integrated tools focused on managing core application lifecycle activities from requirements through testing and delivery. It is an enterprise cross platform solution.
Validata SAS is expending the ALM suite in response to the key trends in the marketplace. The tool is simplified and user-friendly to address the Business Analysts of any bank or financial organization. Integrated modules such as the Workflow Modeller and the Requirements Manager enable the BAs of the bank to import, create or maintain business workflows, define system requirements and risks, and associate all of them to the automated test cases in a centralised library. This way the BAs can rest assured that all the required testing coverage is developed based on their business processes. The tool’s Release and Build Management modules are also targeting Developers, Build and Development Managers, Quality Assurance teams.
Validata SAS provides the ability of connecting and integrating with your current assets. Integration adapters have been developed so you can connect Validata SAS with all the known testing and reporting platforms currently in the market. This way you don’t have to waste your investments. Instead you can use Validata as your sophisticated automated platform and export the needed information to external systems. The tool has been specifically developed for integration with the Temenos T24 product and its associated infrastructure.
Nevertheless, generic adapters have been developed to enable Validata SAS connectivity with other systems such as web applications, desktop applications, Service-Oriented (SOA) environments, databases such as SQL and Oracle and external systems such as SWIFT and ATM (utilizing the ISO8583 standard), IBM MQseries. Furthermore, using Validata APIs and your own adapters you can connect to other tools.
Validata SAS can be integrated with the following tools:
a.Active Directory, to provide single user log-in
b.MS Project to support the task assignment to people and associate these tasks with requirements, test scenarios, or defects
c.HP Quality Center, to export in any requested format the results of the test cases execution
d.Popular IDE tools such as Eclipse and Visual Studio
e.QC to export the registered defects to XML format and upload then into QC
f.Other Version Tools such as SVN, CVS, VSS, TFS The solution can also integrate with other core banking systems apart from Temenos T24.
Two major versions of Validata SAS are released every year. Service packs can be released in interim periods if needed.
By selecting Validata SAS a project can start immediately. Existing prebuilt content has been developed so that clients can increase in assets re-use by 38% and therefore reduce current spend on testing or migration projects by 80%..
Clients can send Change Requests for new features or enhancements of existing features. Change Requests that are found to be corresponding with the product’s strategy and are found to reinforce benefits for existing clients are treated with high priority in the development planning for the next software release. Other Change Requests are treated as custom developments.
We suggest starting with a stage of information gathering with Validata consultants’ information on organizational processes and workflows that will be impacted by the implementation. Our consultants will deliver an Implementation Strategy Document that will be reviewed and signed-off by the customer.
The implementation begins with the creation of an Implementation Roll-out Plan that is created with cooperation with the customer and includes planning for resources and equipment from Validata and the customer side. The Validata product would then be installed and configured based upon the ISD Training and further consultancy work would then be delivered based on the configured environment.
Validata SAS provides a facility to create policies in order to define the lifecycle of different objects. A workflow mechanism permits the definition of additional states in the lifecycle of the objects. The extra flexibility provided allows to a certain extent the definition of a software development process tailored for the needs of the given client.
Another facility for creating policies is the possibility to attach code to events. This capability can be used in two scenarios. It either allows users to develop their own programs and attach them to the particular events, or Validata SAS can develop such programs effectively customizing its behaviour for a given client.
Validata SAS supports graphical representation to visualize workflows. Through the inherited notifications and email alerts, the customer can ensure that the team follows up efficiently with the processes and the tasks assigned.
Yes, the user has the ability to create their own dashboards and pivot Excel reports.
The tool provides build-in online help. On each Validata SAS screen you can find a question mark icon leading to the help screen. Furthermore, a set of User Guides, Administration Guides, How To documents, Tutorials, Support Helpdesk, Glossary, FAQ Document and Release Notes are available and can guide the user.
Validata Group also provides onsite and offsite trainings and the users that successfully pass these sessions are rewarded with certifications.