Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Tools

Top Rated Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Products

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Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Tools Overview

What are Application Lifecycle Management Tools?

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) software helps track and plan a broad range of development activities. These include specification, design, development and testing of a software application from initial planning through retirement.

Application lifecycle management tools are sometimes specialized to work with specific project management processes, such as agile, and may also offer support for industry specific software. In this way, businesses are able to choose application lifecycle management tools that are highly specific to their needs.

ALM Tools Features & Capabilities

  • Requirements management

  • Software design

  • Project management

  • Functional testing

  • Performance testing

  • Deployment automation

  • Change management

  • Monitoring and reporting

Relationship with Agile Development

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is closely related to Agile Development but is broader in scope. Where agile development is primarily a way of organizing development cycles within the product development process, ALM is concerned with development, but also delivery and maintenance of the software over the life of the application. ALM covers a product from inception to retirement, not just the development component of a product’s life.


ALM is connected, not only to agile development concepts but also to the DevOps movement. Under DevOps, application development becomes merged with IT operations and deployment issues. The agile development process is extended into IT operations with developers remaining involved with products long after they have been deployed.


Application Lifecycle Management tools vary in their sophistication but often include functional testing capabilities, Performance testing, application development management tools, and deployment tools.

Application Lifecycle Management Comparison

When considering application lifecycle management options, consider the following aspects of each product offering.

  1. Project Management Process: Most application lifecycle management tools are built with agile development practices in mind. If you are using a different project management methodology, or a hybrid approach, you should be sure to consider an application lifecycle management tool that can support your development process.

  2. Integrations: Many application lifecycle management tools integrate with existing developer tools. Consider what your infrastructure looks like and what parts of it need to integrate with your application lifecycle management tool so that you can choose a compatible option.

  3. Available modules: Application lifecycle management tools are often broken down into modules, so businesses can purchase only the ones they need. When purchasing an ALM tool, consider what modules you may need in the future, so you can select a tool that can support your growth.

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Products

(1-25 of 38) Sorted by Most Reviews

Jira Software

Jira Software

Top Rated
Starting Price $10

JIRA Software is an application lifecycle management solution for software development teams. It allows users to create, prioritize and track the progress of tasks across multiple team members, and offers a wide range of integrations. It is offered via the cloud and local servers.…

Jama Connect

Jama, from the company of the same name in Portland, Oregon, is an application lifecycle management platform.

Azure DevOps Server (formerly Team Foundation Server)

AzureDevOps Server (formerly Team Foundation Server, or TFS) is a test management and application lifecycle management tool, from Microsoft's Visual Studio offerings. To license Azure DevOps Server an Azure DevOps license and a Windows operating system license (e.g. Windows Server)…

Beyond Compare

Beyond Compare from Scooter Software headquartered in Madison is a utility for comparing different version of documents and seeing the differences. It also allows changes to be merged and synchronized.

Rally Software (formerly CA Agile Central)

Rally Software headquartered in Boulder, Colorado developed the Rally agile software development / ALM platform which was acquired by CA Technologies and rebranded as CA Agile Central. After CA's acquisition by Broadcom the software was once again rebranded as Rally.

PTC Windchill RV&S (formerly Integrity Lifecycle Manager)

PTC Windchill RV&S (formerly Integrity Lifecycle Manager of the Integrity suite) is an MBSE (model-based systems engineering) suite. The former Integrity suite contains an Asset Library which supports systems-of-systems approach to design (i.e. linking models into higher-level models…

Planview LeanKit

LeanKit is a project management solution built around flexibility, data-driven analytics, and workflow automation. The software was acquired by Planview in December 2017 to expand that company's capabilities.

Micro Focus ALM / Quality Center

Micro Focus offers the former HPE application lifecycle management and quality assurance suite, Application Lifecycle Management / Quality Center (or ALM/QC).

SpiraTest

SpiraTest allows customers to manage their software testing and quality assurance activities. It provides requirements management, test management and bug-tracking functionality with integrated reporting.

Micro Focus ALM Octane

Micro Focus ALM Octane, their flagship application lifecycle management (ALM) product.

SpiraTeam

Inflectra SpiraTeam is a project Management solution built around capabilities such as bug tracking, quality assurance, and collaboration.

Digital.ai TeamForge, formerly from CollabNet

Digital.ai (formerly CollabNet) aims to help enterprises and government organizations deliver high-quality software at speed with TeamForge, its application lifecycle management suite. According to the vendor, Digital.ai offers innovative solutions, provides consulting and Agile…

Review Assistant

Review Assistant is a peer code review tool which integrates with popular control systems namely: TFS, Subversion, Mercurial, Git and Perforce. It is an plugin for Visual Studio 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 developed to enhance the team development process. The tool includes support for…

Polarion ALM

Polarion ALM is an application requirement management software platform now owned and supported by Siemens since the 2015 acquisition.

TechExcel DevSuite

TechExcel in Lafayette, California offers DevSuite, an application lifecycle management (ALM) platform.

Micro Focus Agile Manager (Discontinued)

Micro Focus Agile Manager is an application lifecycle management option acquired by Micro Focus from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. It has reached End of Life. Users are encouraged to migrate to Micro Focus ALM Octane.

GoCD

GoCD, from ThoughtWorks in Chicago, is an application lifecycle management and development tool.

Code Compare

Code Compare is a file and folder merge tool that demonstrates a new level of code comparison. The vendor says that advanced comparison approaches, which consider the peculiarities of different programming languages make a significant advantage in code comparing. The Visual Studio…

codeBeamer ALM

Intland Software's codeBeamer ALM is a scalable Agile Application Lifecycle Management platform that focuses on traceability and compliance. codeBeamer ALM supports both Agile and Waterfall, and offers a scalable solution for both small and large organisations to develop better products…

Rocket Aldon

Rocket® Aldon® solutions provide the tools and infrastructure users need to automate everything from the moment a change request comes in until a solution is delivered to production, as well as automate compliance reporting and audit tracking.The vendor aims to help users keep their…

Original Software Qualify AQM

Qualify from Original Software in the UK is an application performance testing tool.

ConnectALL

ConnectALL is a value stream management company dedicated to helping customers achieve higher levels of agility, traceability, predictability and velocity. The vendor states they change this by connecting people, processes and technology across the software development and delivery…

CA Application Lifecycle Conductor

CA Technologies offers Application Lifecycle Conductor, an ALM suite.

Andagon Aqua

German company Andagon offers Aqua, an application lifecycle management platform.

zipBoard

zipBoard lets teams build digital content at scale making it easier for non technical stakeholders to share feedback using annotations and screenshots. By using zipBoard for collecting feedback for your Digital content, you can:Share feedback using annotated screenshots and screen…

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is application lifecycle management important?

As many businesses move to an agile approach to development and project management, development began to involve more moving parts and sprints. Application lifecycle management tools help bring all the people and processes together in a single application for easy management

What businesses benefit most from application lifecycle management tools?

Application lifecycle management tools are popular with businesses of all sizes, though it may not be right for your business if application development isn’t a common project. ALM tools are ideal for businesses frequently developing applications.

How are application lifecycle management tools purchased?

While some application lifecycle management tools offer complete feature packages in a single purchase, most offer modules that can be purchased piecemeal. This lets businesses pay only for the features they need, with the option of scaling further as they grow.