July 22, 2019 Justify Project Deliverable Value With Skop.es
Intake and backlog management are two of the top reasons for failed product and feature delivery. Skop.es brings the analytical and management practices to visualize, quantify, and verify and validate the delivery of the right requirements.
May 27, 2019 Map Your App! How the Application Portfolio Management Module Links EA Software to ALM Roles
Application portfolio management (APM) is typically characterized as a subset of application lifecycle management (ALM). However, we see this capability included more often in enterprise architecture tools than in ALM software.
May 27, 2019 Zephyr Extends Jira Cloud With Test Management Capabilities
Atlassian’s Jira remains a popular collaboration tool for teams looking to improve work coordination. However, it requires third-party add-ons and integrations to support end-to-end artifact traceability and product delivery. Zephyr fills Jira’s test management capability gap.
April 18, 2019 High Application Satisfaction Starts With Discovering Your Application Inventory
The immense sprawl of products and product versions across the organization complicates manual inventory collection practices. Automated discovery and inventory tools help alleviate this challenge, but they do not negate the importance of end user and stakeholder collaboration and application capability mapping.
March 28, 2019 Choose the Right ALM Solutions to Manage Product Delivery
Use your application lifecycle management (ALM) tools to manage the complexity of today’s frequent deployment cycles and ensure alignment and traceability with business objectives.
March 28, 2019 Justify Your Approach to Structuring Your ALM Environment
Teams want an open and integrated application lifecycle management (ALM) environment. Teams are now empowered to adopt the tools they need to address complexities and frequent changes while ensuring end-to-end artifact traceability. ALM integration hubs provide out-of-the-box connections when product delivery tools do not.
March 28, 2019 Choose the Right QA Tools to Validate and Verify Product Value and Stability
Stakeholders expect the speed and responsiveness of product delivery does not come at the expense of quality. QA tools offer retailers the ability to continuously ensure both business and technical quality standards are upheld, but these tools should not be viewed as a silver bullet.
March 12, 2019 What Tools Do You Really Need to Deliver Your Products and Applications?
While the Agile Manifesto might value individuals and interactions over processes and tools, modern product delivery SDLCs are automated. Unfortunately, there are a lot of tools and vendors creating confusion as they compete for a share of your wallet.
March 08, 2019 Don’t Let a Tool Vendor’s Research Spook You
Tool vendors love to promote research as part of the product marketing campaigns. While there can be valuable insights in their reports, a tool alone will not fix a broken practice.
March 08, 2019 Get the Most Out of Your Team Foundation Server Implementation
Organizations with .net development practices use TFS for source code management. TFS could be the heart of your Agile and DevOps practices if you used all the features you are paying for!
February 25, 2019 Update on Oracle’s Shift to Subscription Licensing for JAVA
Enterprises of all sizes use Java as a foundational application development platform. With over 15 billion installations of Java worldwide, most organizations will be impacted by recent changes that Oracle has made to the usage and licensing of the Java SE Oracle JDK software package.
November 26, 2018 Red Hat Customers Should Be Reeling From IBM’s Buyout
The announcement that IBM is taking over Red Hat may be welcome news to beleaguered and beaten down IBM shareholders, but it should strike a stark warning bell for Red Hat customers. Despite IBM’s claim that Red Hat will operate as a distinct unit within IBM’s hybrid cloud platform offerings, Red Hat customers can expect two things with a high degree of certainty: 1) higher prices, and 2) the Bluewash effect.
November 21, 2018 Is Low-Code Development the Right Approach for My Organization?
Low-code development platforms make it easy to build business applications using intuitive graphical user interfaces and process flows without the costs of traditional development. This new environment places greater importance on development governance, QA, and ownership.
October 12, 2018 Dreamforce 2018 Saw ~170,000 Attendees…Welcome to the Platform Economy
Salesforce.com has emerged as a leader in the new “Platform Economy,” along with other “cloud kings” such as Microsoft, Service Now, and Palo Alto Networks. The Platform Economy represents an evolution from vertical XaaS models to an integrated product offering that is often cloud native and industry-segment specific, incorporating AI-infused insights, and provides capabilities for application development, commerce, and personalization attributes.
August 15, 2018 What to Consider Commercially Before Purchasing Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure, with its scalability and enterprise-grade security, is quickly catching up to Amazon Web Services in enterprise public cloud adoption rates. Organizations need to consider all the factors to determine whether Azure might be right for them.
January 29, 2018 Salesforce.com Sets Sights on $60 Billion in Revenue
Salesforce.com has laid its chips on the table with a plan to grow annual revenues from the current run rate of $10 billion a year to a whopping $60 billion a year by 2034. This note explores how Salesforce plans to achieve this ambitious goal and what it means for current and prospective Salesforce.com customers.
January 17, 2018 Is Oracle Finally Poised to Catch up in the Cloud?
Oracle has been late to arrive to the “cloud wars” where Amazon.com (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT), IBM (IBM), and Google (GOOG) have dominated both on the balance sheet and in the headlines. It appears Larry Ellison, co-founder, executive chairman, and CTO of Oracle Corporation, has, at last, “drunk the Cloud Kool-Aid” and has subsequently turned the sole focus of Oracle towards the cloud in recent years. With Oracle’s annual OpenWorld conference now a fading memory, we look at the notable developments coming from Oracle this year. Being late to the game doesn’t necessarily mean one can’t catch up!
December 07, 2017 Puzzle Solving for Hybrid-Cloud, Multi-Cloud, and Containers in a Virtual World
With the advent of containers in the emerging technology space and accompanying market excitement, there is much confusion over how to manage applications in legacy virtualized environments. Compound this with the ever-increasing number of converged and hyper-converged offerings, and CIOs may be left scratching their heads. This note contrasts the go-to market strategies of VMware and Nutanix to illustrate two viable, but competing, approaches to the management of application workloads in the future. The key takeaway is that CIOs need to start planning for the long term now or risk defaulting to their incumbent vendors’ aspirations.
November 15, 2017 Seven Reasons You Need a Data-Driven Approach to Application Lifecycle Management
Financial services organizations need to manage compliance, change, and efficiency across complex application portfolios. An end-to-end traceable, data-driven ALM information architecture provides the insight you need to improve compliance, continual improvement, and throughput.
September 15, 2017 Blockchain Basics
This research note provides an explanation of the basic building blocks underpinning blockchain technology. The key takeaway for organizations is to gain insight into the core components and how they interact to provide an evolutionary technology that will lead to a vast number of advanced business solutions.
September 07, 2017 Continuous Improvement May Not Be Good Enough
The idea of continuous improvement in application enhancement, rather than the periodic deployment of major changes, is gaining much support. This is a particularly attractive approach during periods of rapid and uncertain change in organizational direction and especially if the organization has adopted a continuous improvement philosophy. However, continuous improvement is often insufficient to achieve significant organizational impact. Organizations should continue to implement major disruptive change effectively along with continuous improvement and not depend solely on the latter.