Advanced ALM Solutions Offerings Defining Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is not very easy. Different people and organizations have their own take and perspectives on the same. Still, ALM is a crucial topic in today’s corporate world. Sometimes people confuse ALM with Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC). ALM is way different from SDLC. An application’s lifecycle comprises of the total time through which an enterprise is incurring expenditure in this asset i.e. from the beginning idea stage to the final phase of the product’s life. To be both accurate and useful, ALM today needs to have an equally wide perspective. Features of Advanced Application Lifecycle Management Solutions Today there are leading market players providing a well-equipped ALM studio specializing in Application Lifecycle Management solutions. They cater multiple aspects ranging from requirements management to the final product Release stage. Furthermore, there are other members, for instance customers, analysts, software architects, designers that share deliverables and assignment goals amongst them. This is then collaborated worldwide. Other features are: 100 percent web based solutions - Users are able to access a web architected grounds-up framework through popular browsers such as, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome and many others There are Multiple input procedures that helps users to have any requirements through the following methods – Sending them by Email, Import them from Microsoft Word Document, Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, or a CSV file with a configurable format, Submitting inputs from a corporate portal or website or from any third party tools in real-time Entity Relations – The common feature in a Requirements Management tool is traceability and advanced ALM solution have expanded this Traceability Relations making it a central feature for its built-in applications IT Process Automation – ALM solutions assists in total IT process automation of the in-built application However, the three essential aspects of Application Lifecycle Management comprise governance, development and operations. Furthermore, the modern day ALM tools include the following:
Multi-vendor Best of Breed Integrated ALM Tools Point-to-point Integrated Multi Vendor Tools Single Vendor Integrated ALM Tools
ALM solutions are also capable of creating multiple kinds of reports and using multiple reporting tools such as:
HTML, allowing direct printing from the application Export any lists to Excel for additional formatting and manipulation In-built Crystal Reports that provide simple means to perform custom formatting Word Reporting leads to fully personalized formatting with multi-level data elements Dashboard Report with updates information from the system for reporting any aspect of the project that comprises the overall Project Health or Process Indices Report with Graphical, Tabular and Chart formats
Thus we see that innovative ALM solutions help the users to fit in the software delivery process as per their needs.