Components and Benefits of Integrated ALM
Integrated Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) has undergone radical changes over the last decade. Achieving continuous ALM has been quite a long haul for numerous vendors. Recently there have been the emergences of new age technologies that have matured to a critical production system realizing the otherwise silence benefits of ALM to real development. Presently enterprises are seriously considering integrated ALM as a crucial enterprise tool.
Elements of Integrated ALM
Integrated ALM helps enterprises to easily view artifacts that otherwise might be handled by one to another tool. This involves test cases ranging from Requirements Management Tool and Requirements from Test case Management tool and sometimes design objects list from IDE. This means more than one artifacts are available from one tool. Hence, every stakeholder is able to access artifacts from other tools and need not leave their own tool platform. This helps in detecting a problem at an initial stage, promote collaboration and minimize expenses and errors.
Therefore, integrated ALM tools are able to set up numerous impacting and non-impacting associations between any two artifacts effortlessly. This helps in the traceability relation between Test case in the Test Management Tool and Requirement in Requirements Management. If such traceability is absent, then it might result the QA team to test on an obsolete requirement without being aware of it.
Benefits of Integrated ALM
Once ALM integrated tools are equipped with appropriate product maintenance and support, it makes sure that the process is automated all through tool boundaries for easily implementing a complete ALM lifecycle without any breaks. For instance, if there is any change that initiates its life in a Helpdesk tool as a Ticket, it has the chances of getting replicated automatically as a Change Management Tool. Furthermore, it can be sanctioned by a Change Control Board and can be passed to the architect to set up and change architectural artifacts in the Modeling or Designing Tool. When manual interfaces between tools are managed through unorganized documents and emails, it can result in losing essential processes.
Finally, integrated ALM tools also enable an enterprise to manage resources and projects over various tools without any difficulty. At times development managers in organizations often work hard on concerns such as the way to ensure the â€œRelease dateâ€? given to a resource suite, the Changes, Defects and Requirements that can be placed in this release and many more. Integrated ALM has the potential to be the solution to all such concerns as it has the capacity to manage the artifacts easily.
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