IBM Rational ALM Overview

IBM Rational ALM is the #7 ranked solution in our list of top Application Lifecycle Management Suites. It is most often compared to Microsoft Azure DevOps: IBM Rational ALM vs Microsoft Azure DevOps

What is IBM Rational ALM?
Lifecycle management capabilities built on the open, unifying IBM Rational Jazz platform can help agile and traditional teams: see at-a-glance status, access better data for decisions, manage costs, reuse the most efficient processes across the organization, manage cloud, web, SOA and mobile application design and development. Teams can also gain real-time traceability, manage work across vendors, unify across a diverse set of lifecyle tools, and provide collaborative development for continuous delivery as part of the IBM DevOps solution.

IBM Rational ALM is also known as Rational ALM, MKS.

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IBM Rational ALM Customers
Tennis Australia, WeCloud AB, Port Otago Limited, Logicalis US, Valmer, The Chevrolet Volt, Ashurst
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Applications Developer Specialist at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
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Rich planning features including Sprint, Sprint retrospective, and rules in Scrum framework

What is our primary use case?

We're using it for project management, using Agile Scrum. We are using it for requirements management and for test management. We have three products: one for requirements management, one for testing management, and the other for project and task management.

Pros and Cons

  • "The planning feature is rich with Scrum concepts: Sprint, Sprint retrospective, the rules in the Scrum framework."
  • "I would like to see better reporting features. The out-of-box reporting is - I don't want to say limited - but the focus is on the Scrum and Sprint reports. We need more reporting features regarding the history of the work, tracking it more deeply."

What other advice do I have?

The most important criteria when selecting a vendor are technical support, and, of course, the total value of ownership. In terms of advice, ultimately this is a tool. You have to change the process and train your people to utilize this tool. I would rate Rational ALM at eight out of 10. It covers the whole process of application lifecycle management, from requirements definition and management through the development process by planning Agile Scrums, by tracking the work items from their creation to closing, and it's integrated with RQM, the test management software. It covers the lifecycle…