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Integration Platforms Ensure Effective Communication between Development Tools

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If we look at any software development project we can see that a number of functionally, geographically and technologically distributed groups working with each of their favorite set of tools. The …

If we look at any software development project we can see that a number of functionally, geographically and technologically distributed groups working with each of their favorite set of tools. The scenario is quite complex in the sense that each tool creates a complete information island as far as other tools are concerned.

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  • 1. Integration Platforms Ensure Effective Communication between Development ToolsIf we look at any software development project we can see that a number of functionally, geographicallyand technologically distributed groups working with each of their favorite set of tools. The scenario isquite complex in the sense that each tool creates a complete information island as far as other tools areconcerned. Though all the stakeholders involved in the software development life cycle project and allthe development tools used such as requirements management tools, test management tools, issuemanagement tools and so on have the same objective that of developing high quality products, there islack of integration between the various development tools. These tools, though best of the breedactually live in isolation and rely mostly on traditional broken manual procedures to synchronize data ofone tool with the other. As a result, they do not work well together. The tools being siloed pointfunction tools, there is no effective communication between the different development tools.Instead of point-to-point integrations where integrating five different tools requires 10 totalintegrations, the software development team needs ALM integration platforms that help to establishsynchronization between various tools. Here is a look at some of the features of a best of the breedintegration platform.  Brings considerable savings in development and maintenance costs  Web Services Standard or SOA architecture makes it open to any type of software from any vendor including home grown tools or data bases for integrations  Makes integrations with other tools relatively easy once the APIs for other tools are available  Requires no hard coding of business rules for the integrations as the data layer is separated from the business layer  Allows project teams to work on issues from within their preferred tool environment  Automates actions on issues resulting from other integrated tools  Ensures cross-tool visibility, traceability matrix and process automationFor organizations having investments in multiple tools from companies such as IBM, HP, Atlassian andMicrosoft, the integration platform provides two benefits.  Firstly, it provides the capabilities to integrate tools from any one of these or other vendors at a relatively low cost  Secondly, it fills certain gaps in point tools that may not exist at these companiesTake the case of QC, SharePoint, TFS and JIRA integration. When an integration platform is used,synchronization happens both ways in real-time for Requirement, Test Case and Defects. Besides, anyintegration scenario between TFS and JIRA can be easily implemented in minutes with drag-and-dropconfigurations requiring zero coding.Thus, with an integration platform, software development team can ensure effective communicationbetween tools used by geographically dispersed teams.Related Links - Application lifecycle management

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