Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is not a development approach but is rather a way to manage the adopted approach. Its use began in the age of Waterfall, back when silo’ed teams typically blamed each other for the failure of projects. A culture of blame was only part of the problem but alone, it certainly contributed to delivering a product that did not meet expectations at the end of the development.
Continuous Delivery, Agile and the DevOps movement are like the backbones of ALM. Since they put the process and the collaboration into the spotlight; the benefits for organizations was that they could easily overcome their barriers and collaborate effectively.
Who is responsible for the quality of the final product?
Agile processes and ALM resolved the problems associated with attributing blame, replacing it with ownership of tasks. In the age of IoT, things and teams are connected and it creates a collective responsibility for the final product. The scale of collaboration and traceability has changed drastically over the years, requiring new features for management, in regard to ALM an outdated tool is one that has not been updated in 3 months and therefore one that has lost market momentum and can no longer meet the needs of today’s requirements. Companies today require an integrated Application Lifecycle Management platform that enables them to work with a choice of different source-control systems, DevOps tools, and tracking systems.
Application Lifecycle Management is not a one-size-fits-all solution
Visibility and transparency are key to successful Application Lifecycle Management. Companies have similar steps and stages in applying Application Lifecycle Management, however, the tools and the processes are different. Application Lifecycle Management is not a one-size-fits-all solution and every company should tailor it to its needs.
What Do Developers Want from an Application Lifecycle Management Platform?
Application Lifecycle Management enables developers to be more successful and do a better job, as long as it does not require too many additional overhead/administration. If it does, developers consider it as a roadblock. Developers welcome platforms that are flexible enough with Business Process Management (BPM). Platforms that allows developers to use their tool set, migrate to different tools or adopt new tools, benefit them the most.
The Best of Application Lifecycle Management Platforms?
Customers usually require fast delivery. Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) platform should be lightweight, easy to use, and capable to handle fast delivery. It should also provide visibility in every stage of the development for quick escalation and complete traceability for compliance and security.
It is easy to get lost in the world of shorter release cycles. If you look for the right ALM platform check if it enables you to:
- Manage requirements for multiple product variants throughout the lifecycle
- Enforce custom workflows, and ensure efficient collaboration throughout the development process
- Ensure parametrized tests manually or automatically and complete test coverage
- Business Process Management capabilities to connect ALM and PLM
- Capture, evaluate and prioritize demands and support internal decision-making process
See our complete guide about “How to Select an ALM Solution” or check the independent analysis of respected analyst companies to start an efficient ALM tool evaluation process.
Independent analyst reports are Your Best Friends
Analyst companies such as Ovum and Gartner are continuously monitoring the market to see what is new. They release periodical reports on the best ALM solutions available on the market. The Magic Quadrant Report from Gartner or the Decision Matrix from Ovum contain comprehensive profiles for each ALM platform that helps you to easily compare them.