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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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