Managing parallel running, large-scale enterprise product development processes in an integrated manner is a challenge of increasing importance for companies in a variety of industries. Businesses developing complex products are just realizing the power of integrating hardware, software, and service development lifecycles. codeBeamer ALM can be easily connected to PLM tools and SAP to offer process control, data and process integrity, and transparency throughout the entire product development lifecycle.

Product development companies increasingly need to couple the manufacturing of quality physical products with adequate software development abilities. It is becoming necessary to connect hardware manufacturing processes and software development lifecycles, and the tools used to support these processes. The integration of ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) and PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) is gradually turning into a fundamental need for product developers in various industries.

Differences between PLM and ALM

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software are used to support the development of physical products. They help manage data, automate routine tasks, and integrate data with other business processes or tools, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. PLM has greatly improved the development of physical products since its inception, streamlining hardware development processes.

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) software has revolutionized the development of software products. These tools help manage requirements, development processes, source code, testing, and quality assurance, while providing complete traceability and further features. codeBeamer ALM also allows users to automate processes throughout the application development lifecycle.

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Connecting ALM and PLM through Business Process Management

The greatest challenges of unifying ALM and PLM are those of integrating processes and data. Managing requirements and ensuring consistent change management, as well as integrating data throughout the lifecycle are crucial. While some development platform vendors are focusing on tools, trying to manually connect previously disparate ALM and PLM tools, codeBeamer ALM has a holistic view of your processes.

We think that ALM-PLM integration should be about processes and data, rather than simply integrating tools via data interfaces. That’s why we have added Business Process Management (BPM) capabilities to codeBeamer ALM’s powerful workflow engine.

This way, you won’t have to worry about manual integrations, data consistency concerns, or other issues: the flexible features of codeBeamer ALM can handle any kind of development process.

codeBeamer’s BPM capabilities enable you to connect and automate lifecycle processes (both product and application), and to manage large quantities of data from different sources with complete change control and data consistency.

Simply rely on codeBeamer’s out-of-the-box integrations, or create custom integrations via REST API. Interconnect workflows and insert guards, logic, approval steps, and automatic process branches and more in your processes. Automation is greatly simplified, enabling you to automatically create certain work items and notifications.

To learn more about codeBeamer’s BPM, ALM-PLM, and workflow-connecting capabilities, get in touch with our sales team and schedule a free 1-on-1 product demonstration.

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