Features of Integrated Application Lifecycle Management Tools
Integrated Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) has developed manifold over the last decade.
Majority of vendors aimed at attaining ongoing ALM for quiet sometime. The past two years however
has experienced something different with the emergence of new technologies that are developing
critical production systems and reaping in the overdue benefits of ALM Integration to read
development. Today integrated ALM has become a crucial enterprise tool.
Application lifecycle development enterprises undertake heavy investments annually on multiple siloed
point function tools that include requirements management, architecture building, coding, testing,
tracking, release management and many more. These tools remain in isolation and are dependent
mostly on the traditional broken manual procedures for synchronizing data of one tool with the other.
Therefore, they do not function properly together.
Users may have come across some point-to-point fragile hardwired integration in between tools in case
an organization commits to a single service provider for every tool. Integration is not always accessible
for an organization to choose the high-end tools from multiple vendors for several lifecycle phases.
Today, companies specializing in ALM tools have introduced advanced integrated ALM solutions that
provide huge benefits. These advantages are some of essential reasons as to why an enterprise requires
integrating multiple lifecycle tools for an optimum single repository application development platform.
The benefits include:
Attain useful insights into projects
Being able to implement best practice methods
Enables in overcoming challenges for a globally distributed development
Helps in fostering collaboration between stakeholders
Maximizes productivity and leads to quicker delivery
Improve customer satisfaction
Helps in managing any kind of change with confidence
Enables in collecting actionable metrics and intelligence
The total team carries on work in its own tool department
When Integrated ALM tools are equipped with appropriate product support and maintenance it can
ensure automatic processes across tool boundaries to implement a complete ALM cycle with zero
breaks. For instance, any change made by the Helpdesk tool can act as a ticket of getting automatically
replicated as Change Request in the Issues/Change Management Tool. It is further approved by a
Change Control Board and that makes it reach to the architect for modifying or setting up architectural
artifacts in the Modeling/Designing tool. Post this it would move to the developer for coding and then to
the QA for setting up Test cases in IDE and Test Management Tools.
Therefore, it is essential to have an automated workflow procedure. Generally, the manual interfaces
between tools when managed through unformatted documents and emails can often result in loosing
outs some essential procedures. Integrated ALM tool also helps organizations to manage projects and
resources with ease and simplicity.
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