Buying ALM Software – Does it provide Collaborative Lifecycle Management?
The idea of providing a collaborative working environment for all those personnel collaborating on application development projects is nothing new since the whole Agile Methodology, is based on collaborative working.
Many of the Agile software solutions available are relatively straight forward, with core modules providing first and foremost project management capability with documents management, and therefore do provide collaboration on the most basic of levels; other core functionality components vary from provider to provider. Additional features are available through various plug-ins, – often add-ons from 3rd party providers, providing functionality for requirements management, change and configuration management amongst many others.
Advanced Agile software solution
The pinnacle of Agile software solutions are those working platforms (fully integrated) with tools that are designed to work together. Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) software should provide collaborative lifecycle management (with complete traceability) throughout the entire software development lifecycle (SDLC). These suites of ALM tools are designed to scale up for enterprise use and must accommodate the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®), perfect for collaborative lifecycle management (CLM) for distributed teams, across departments, countries or continents.
ALM tools with third party providers: Risk or not?
Many Agile tools operate with dozens of plug-ins that are from third party providers. These tools are not always suitable for enterprise use since they are slow, cumbersome and when faults occur the users can struggle to find the right support, bounced around from one support team to another to find solution. Even if providers bring in 3rd party plug-ins in-house it does not necessarily solve the core problem of the tool, in that these „new” core modules were never designed to work as part of the core but as an add-on.
Repository: Core element of ALM software
A Repository is a central file storage location and it has 3 main elements such as trunk (current version of the software project), branches (storage of the new program), and tags (versions of a project, not for active development). A repository is used by version control systems to store multiple versions of files.
Centralized Version Control Systems (CVCSs) and Distributed Version Control Systems (DVCSs) serve different needs and software development teams often “forced” to work with one or the other depending on the type of project and organizational structure they work for.
The good news is that codeBeamer ALM software provides you the freedom of choice, fully supporting Mercurial, SVN and GIT and with an easy-to-use repository management tool with project-, group- and role-based administration capabilities. Benefit from traceability and transparency throughout the SDLC, with all tools designed to work together seamlessly within an integrated platform.