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What is Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites?

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites make it possible for all the people and teams involved in developing, testing and deploying software applications to stay on top of the various processes. The application lifecycle is growing faster and more complex with the advent of agile development methodologies, cloud computing and continuous code integration. As apps get more interdependent and the pace of development of each component picks up, there is a reduction in time between the lifecycle stages of develop, test, deploy, modify and retire. As a result, teams need powerful tools to help keep track of what’s going on to keep everything running smoothly.

According to members of IT Central Station, ALM software needs to address both the technological intricacies of development and the organizational aspects of the development process. Users stress the importance of collaboration and communication among team members. They expect Application Lifecycle Management packages to support project management traceability, visibility and stability along with integration with development tools.  ALM should also be lightweight and platform agnostic.

ALM users on the site describe the importance of ALM facilitating integration with automation tools. This way, each team can set-up its own delivery pipeline to be run by team members with full visibility for everyone. All project stakeholders have to be able to trace project work, even if they are not on the dev team – or even in the IT department. The new DevOps paradigm means that IT Ops and line of business (LOB) stakeholders may need to instantly see where they are on a project and what is coming up next.

Testing is one of the most discussed uses of ALM on IT Central Station. ALM software suites can provide a centralized location for the testing life-cycle.  For testing, ALM users want dashboard integration of release tracking, a test case repository and defect tracking.  Users also expect ALM suites to enable customized reporting and versionable, robust backups. 


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Business Analyst, Scrum Master & Agile Coach
Has been an IT professional for over 30 years with a career path from software development to project management, including time in IT operations and support, so giving full development life-cycle experience . Began analysis using Waterfall methodology, but has developed Agile skills to... more>>
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Software Test Consultant / Automation Test Architect
I started my career in Information Technology over 16 years ago after several successful years as a Management Accountant/Auditor. I have served as a consultant in several I.T. firms and have consulted in various Software Engineering capacities in blue chip companies in the United Kingdom such as... more>>
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I solve data management problems for companies in various sectors of industry: Airline Travels, Energy Bill Management, Manufacturing, Commercial Printing/Publishing, Transportation and Logistics, Health Care, and Software Development. Specializing in building Data Warehouses, designing and... more>>
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In a nearly 16 year professional career I have amassed significant, hands-on, technology development, consulting, and management experience in a variety of established and start-up businesses, US-focused and International alike. Industries range from technology consulting, financial, digital... more>>
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Technical Test Lead
- QA professional with 7 years of experience in the IT industry with 4 years in manual and 3 years in automation testing roles - Currently acting as the QA lead delivering successful releases for a client who is the investment banking division of a Switzerland headquartered banking giant - Been... more>>
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Having 7 years 10 Months of experience in Manual testing, Performance Testing, Database testing, Functional Test Automation and as Admin in HP ALM, HP PPM, HP Executive Score Card, HP SA, HP Anywhere & Collabnet Team Forge. Involved in implementation, enhancements(customization) and... more>>
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Over 10+ yrs of experience in Software Configuration Management, Implementation and Support.Focal point for the client in providing SCM solutions using various tools and technologies. Working consistently with CFG to give them better service and thus helping the organization as a whole to improve... more>>
Reviewed IBM Rational Team Concert (IBM ALM): We moved our entire SCM on IBM RTC and integrated...

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