Quadrant Solutions: Exploring Allstacks Value Stream Intelligence (VSI) Platform

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Quadrant Knowledge Solutions is a global advisory and consulting firm focused on helping clients in achieving business transformation goals with Strategic Business, and Growth Advisory Services.

During my interactions with various vendors for the SPARK Matrix research report on Value Stream Management (VSM), I had the opportunity to engage with the team of https://www.allstacks.com/. The team included Parker Ennis, Product Marketer at Allstacks, and Adam Dahlgren, COO & Head of Product at Allstacks. The discussion helped me in gaining valuable insights into Allstacks’ Value Stream Intelligence platform.

Allstacks' Value Stream Intelligence (VSI) platform offers features such as simple onboarding, support for frameworks including SAFe, SPACE, and DORA, compatibility with both cloud and self-hosted tools, and adherence to SOC1 and SOC2 Type 2 standards.

Acting as a unifying force, the VSI platform connects and adjusts data from common development tools, revolutionizing software delivery processes, thereby helping to elevate reliability, predictability, and the overall quality. The platform offers key functionalities including intelligent forecasting for roadblock detection and alerts, shareable dashboards for effective management at all organizational levels, and ML-powered proactive risk alerting, ensuring that information is swiftly communicated to teams.

Recently, Allstacks introduced Software Capitalization, by which the platform gathers data from existing developer tools, delivers a report on capitalizable work, pulls data as needed for internal consistency, and provides dashboards to monitor cost capitalization allocations.

There was a discussion about the top key differentiators of Allstacks’ VSI platform. Allstacks delivers the fastest value in the market, within 48 hours of onboarding into the platform and connecting tools, along with offering hands-on guidance for initial setup and configuration and assuring first-run experience. Another unique capability of the platform is its Multi-dataset linking and traversal. This feature allows users to blend project management data, commits, pull requests, pipelines, deployments, and more. This comprehensive approach illuminates the path from high-level business initiatives or value streams all the way down to individual lines of code, offering a holistic view of the entire development process.

Allstacks' platform utilizes ML-driven forecasting to identify risks and anomalies across teams and projects. It aligns stakeholders by tracking commitment progress and provides real-time alerts to discover key moments, ensuring projects stay on time and budget.

From the demo session, I gained insights into how the platform works, providing a user-friendly dashboard that allows users to visualize processes, key performance indicators (KPIs), customizable metrics, reporting, and intelligent dashboards tailored to specific user personas for making informed business decisions according to their roles.

 There was discussion about the highlighting capabilities of Allstacks’ VSI platform that enhance organizational visibility, which includes cross-functionality visibility for the entire organization, contextualized customized reporting, tracking and visualizing sprint attainment, tracking and visualizing sprint velocity & accuracy, sprint reporting, and offering R&D cost capitalization.

 I learned about the various benefits of R&D software capitalization which includes better visibility and predictability into software development costs, efficiency in justifying R&D investments without distracting teams from critical projects, compliance with US GAAP and tax laws, potential time and cost savings through capitalization, reduced tax expenses, and the ability to leverage federal and state R&D tax credits.

From the discussion, I came to know how AI is taking the lead in various realms, extending beyond VSM to engineering DevOps tools and other numerous opportunities. Whether it's AI-driven risk assessment or serving as a contextual helper within an app, AI has the capacity to adjust and translate data, ultimately simplifying processes for users and enhancing information processing.

Replying to the query regarding the benefits of bringing together the concept of Developer Experience and Sentiment Analysis, the Allstacks team provided the information that with the integration, organizations can gain insights into how developers feel about their products and services by analyzing the sentiments expressed in developer forums, documentation reviews, social media posts, and other sources of developer feedback. In conclusion, Allstacks’ VSI platform unifies entire organizations around a shared source of engineering truth, delivering actionable insights, and providing clear visibility into the SDLC to keep engineering teams aligned with the needs of the business. Notable capabilities include process mapping and bottleneck identification, custom dashboarding and reporting, delivery forecasting, risk analysis, and alerting. Allstacks also provides organizations with the ability to easily create accounting-ready records for software development work that can be capitalized. It offers automated, lightweight reporting and comprehensive visibility into software development costs, which thereby helps ensure compliance, making the data both defensible and consistent.

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