Application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions govern the planning, orchestration, configuration, and execution of development activities, artifacts, and projects from initiation to deployment and maintenance.
In many organizations, ALM solutions are the source of truth for all software development lifecycle (SDLC) artifacts and tasks. Get the big picture of how ALM solutions streamline SDLC capabilities, generate insights of development constraints, and support product plans and roadmaps.
An ALM solution:
Size is not a barrier to implementing an ALM solution. Small and large organizations have implemented integrated toolchains, particularly in industries where regulatory compliance and quality are critical. When an ALM solution is implemented, it forces a shift from legacy document-driven practices to a data-driven approach. This data creates the insights organizations need to improve throughput across their SDLC and ALM practices.
Organizations implement ALM solutions to:
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The capabilities of different ALM solutions vary widely. Some focus on a specific domain such as requirements, test, or issue management. Other solutions are designed with a broad set of capabilities intended to cross multiple aspects of the software development and application lifecycles. 99% of the organizations Info-Tech studied have integrated more than one ALM solutions to take advantage of enhanced practice specific capabilities.
ALM vendors differentiate themselves by their coverage of specific SDLC phases.
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