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Application Lifecycle Management – A Configurable Global Platform

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The competitive business environment pressurizes the enterprises to speedup the delivery schedules which further demands development of new and innovative applications.

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									Application Lifecycle Management – A Configurable Global Platform

The competitive business environment pressurizes the enterprises to speedup the delivery schedules
which further demands development of new and innovative applications. Though efficiency of the
software may lead to reduction in turn around time, the presence of budgetary constraints and the
requirement of quality products, leads enterprises consider new application developments a challenge.

Forrester defines application lifecycle management as "the coordination of development life-cycle
activities, including requirements, modeling, development, build, and testing, through:


       enforcement of processes that span these activities
       management of relationships between development artifacts used or produced by these
        activities
       reporting on progress of the development effort as a whole."

The software development life cycle with its various different stages from initiation to concept
development, planning , requirement analysis, design development integration, testing to
 implementation and maintenance are interdependent. However, as per the requirements in size and
complexity of the project these various stages can also be combined or overlapped. Further to increase
the efficiency of software development, enterprises can coordinate the software development activities
with application lifecycle management.

ALM system being a continuous process for managing the lifecycle of applications makes use of
software engineering tools for requirements management , testing, issues management, risk
management, release management, project management, document management, test automation
and debugging.Application Lifecycle Management is thus a synchronization of various activities that
will enable software development teams to work on development of high quality software
applications even with constraints on time and cost.

The strength of the application management system lies in its requirements traceability and
reporting analytics customized integration of tools.The use of these tools help in enhancing the
productivity and quality standards and improves the delivery mechanism across global teams by
breaking through the boundaries.

Leading service providers offer global enterprises application lifecycle management system an
automated web-based management system that has the ability to incorporate traditional as well as
agile methodology. For the enterprises catering to offshore locations and working through distant
teams, the ALM solutions can be integrated with business management tools in a customized
manner. Further, the multiple input methods allows for import of files from other document
formats.

Such integrations of Application Lifecycle management solutions facilitates project teams with easy
access to business critical information and also helps in implementing the software development
lifecycle. The global platform for implementing the SDLC increases productivity and business
prospects and gives the enterprises an edge over their competitors.

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