2011 Trends to Watch: Application Lifecycle Management

Date: November 22, 2010
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Introduction

Application lifecycle management (ALM) has entered a new phase in its evolution, and it is having to deal with the impact of Agile and Lean processes and methodologies on software development, as well as the impact of the growth in cloud services.

Features and benefits
  • Demand for cloud deployment will prompt SaaS-based ALM offerings, not only from new entrants, but also from established players.
  • With Agile in the mainstream, new approaches focused on mixing and matching the right methodologies will emerge and be supported by ALM tool vendors.
Highlights

ALM has been associated with tooling suites aimed at managing the tasks of that lifecycle, but ALM vendors have rarely delivered on the promise of integrating the management of the full application lifecycle.

Your key questions answered
  • Understand that ALM is not simply a matter of managing software development.
  • Understand that SaaS ALM delivery is seeing rapid uptake, and be aware of your options to compete effectively in this new market.

SUMMARY

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Key Messages

APPLICATION LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT MATTERS

ALM as process and tooling have changed but the concept remains a necessity
ALM systems are becoming more in tune with user needs
ALM systems must offer the business value

KEY TREND ONE: THE AGILE IMPACT ON ALM CONTINUES TO RIPPLE

Agile development can only succeed in the presence of good automation

KEY TREND TWO: SOFTWARE-AS-A-SERVICE ALM SEES STRONG GROWTH

ALM vendors can no longer avoid the SaaS delivery option
Developers are gaining faith in SaaS

KEY TREND THREE: ALM FOR MOBILE DEVELOPMENT

Mobile joins the enterprise applications mainstream
Mobile platform wars get serious and impact developers
Shades of gray emerge

KEY TREND FOUR: APPLICATION AND SECURITY MANAGEMENT

Improvements in network security have helped deflect hacker attention from infrastructure to software

KEY TREND FIVE: ALM AND PRODUCT LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT

Agile developers and concurrent engineers talk the same language

KEY TREND SIX: EMERGENCE OF DEVOPS

DevOps vendor impact
There is an Agile connection: continuous delivery

ACTIONS

Recommendations for enterprises
Don't get caught up by fads, adopt balanced approaches to Agile, cloud
Plan for mobile development
Bake security into the application lifecycle
Approach ALM on its contribution to the business
Encourage DevOps collaboration
Recommendations for vendors
Agile is the fastest growth market
Customers are demanding cloud delivery options
Accommodate mobile development
Add or enhance your security testing portfolio
Recast your offerings as business solutions

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