ALM-PLM Integration

The ubiquitousness of (smart) embedded electronics, the emergence of IoT (the Internet of Things), and the increasing popularity of connectivity-enabled devices has brought about a new industrial revolution. Physical products increasingly rely on software components. Users, on the other hand, have learned to expect the additional features and convenience provided by embedded software.

Therefore, product development companies increasingly need to couple the manufacturing of quality physical products with 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) seems inevitable.

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. Some advanced tools such as codeBeamer ALM also allow their users to automate certain processes throughout the application development lifecycle.

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Connecting ALM and PLM through BPM

The greatest challenges of unifying ALM and PLM are those of integrating processes. Managing requirements and ensuring consistent change management, as well as integrating data throughout the lifecycle is crucial. While some development platform vendors are focusing on tools, trying to manually connect previously disparate ALM and PLM solutions, Intland Software focuses on processes instead. That’s why we have added Business Process Management (BPM) capabilities to codeBeamer ALM’s workflow engine. We think that ALM-PLM integration should be about processes and data, rather than tools.

This way, you won’t have to worry about manual integrations, data consistency concerns, or other issues – the flexible 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. Interconnecting workflows allow you to 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. The integration of data can happen via:

  • codeBeamer’s REST API
  • Exporting and importing data via email
  • Using any of codeBeamer’s out of the box integrations, e.g. Word and Excel roundtrip export/import

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.