Enhance Business Value of Custom Applications with ALM Integration

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Unlike Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), which refers to the process of developing a software product, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) refers to the process of managing the life of an application through governance, development and maintenance.

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Enhance Business Value of Custom Applications with ALM Integration

  1. 1. Enhance Business Value of Custom Applications with ALM IntegrationUnlike Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), which refers to the process of developing a softwareproduct, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) refers to the process of managing the life of anapplication through governance, development and maintenance. That means ALM looks at the variousphases of a product lifecycle while SDLC looks at just one phase of the product lifecycle.According to David Chappell, the Principal of Chappell & Associates, the lifecycle of a product orapplication goes through some important phases. The first phase is idea creation when the developmentteam comes up with the idea of building an application and goes through the various formalities tomake it happen. Then comes the deployment phase when the application goes into production. Finally,the end of life phase when the application is no longer in use.As mentioned above, ALM comprises of three important stages namely governance, development andmaintenance. Governance refers to the decision making and project management processes andtherefore extends throughout the application lifecycle. Development refers to the time between ideacreation and deployment. In certain cases, development takes place even after the deployment phase inthe form of upgrades and new versions. Maintenance refers to the operations required to run andmanage the application and therefore this stage starts before the deployment phase and continues untilthe end of life phase of the application.Enterprises looking to developing an application high in business value must ensure that all the threestages i.e., governance, development and maintenance are achieved completely. However, it is not aseasy as it sounds since the development team needs to achieve each stage correctly for the ALMsolutions to be effective.The development team uses different tools to develop an application. However, these tools are mostlypoint function tools encompassing requirements management, architecture, coding, build, testing,tracking, release management and more. These tools live in isolation, rely mostly on traditional brokenmanual procedures to synchronize data of one tool with the other and as a result do not work welltogether. Hence, though enterprises spend millions of dollars a year on best of the breed tools from asingle vendor /different vendors for different lifecycle phases, lack of integration between the varioustools prevent the development team to maximize the business value of the custom application.Integration between the multiple lifecycle tools help enterprises to: Collect Actionable Metrics & Intelligence Enable Collaboration between Stakeholders Enact Best Practice Processes and Enhance Customer Satisfaction Gain Greater Insights into Projects ,Improve Quality Increase Productivity and Deliver Faster Manage Change with Confidence Overcome Challenges for Globally Distributed DevelopmentThus, ALM integration helps the development team to build custom applications with higher businessvalue.Related Link : agile methodology

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