Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Tools

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Polarion ALM

Polarion ALM is an application requirement management software platform now owned and supported by Siemens since the 2015 acquisition. It is available on the cloud (Polarion X) and on-premise. Polarion connect teams and projects to improve application development processes with a…

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GitLab

GitLab DevSecOps platform enables software innovation by aiming to empower development, security, and operations teams to build better software, faster. With GitLab, teams can create, deliver, and manage code quickly and continuously instead of managing disparate tools and scripts.…

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Jama Connect

Jama Connect® is a Requirements Management software and Requirements Traceability solution. Jama Software enables teams to manage product requirements and enable Live Traceability™ across the development process, in order to reduce cycle times and improve product quality.

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GitLab

GitLab DevSecOps platform enables software innovation by aiming to empower development, security, and operations teams to build better software, faster. With GitLab, teams can create, deliver, and manage code quickly and continuously instead of managing disparate tools and scripts.…

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Jama Connect

Jama Connect® is a Requirements Management software and Requirements Traceability solution. Jama Software enables teams to manage product requirements and enable Live Traceability™ across the development process, in order to reduce cycle times and improve product quality.

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Azure DevOps 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)…

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OpenText ALM/Quality Center

OpenText™ ALM/Quality Center, formerly from Micro Focus, serves as the single pane of glass for software quality management. It helps users to govern application lifecycle management activities and implement rigorous, auditable lifecycle processes.

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Planview AgilePlace

AgilePlace 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.

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Polarion ALM

Polarion ALM is an application requirement management software platform now owned and supported by Siemens since the 2015 acquisition. It is available on the cloud (Polarion X) and on-premise. Polarion connect teams and projects to improve application development processes with a…

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Rally Software

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.

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PTC Windchill RV&S

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…

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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.

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PractiTest

PractiTest is presented as a cloud-based test management tool that provides its customers with an end-to-end system to meet testing and QA needs. It is described by the vendor as flexible but methodological, enabling organizations to ensure visibility and communication at all levels.…

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SpiraTeam

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

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OpenText ALM Octane

OpenText™ ALM Octane, formerly from Micro Focus, includes integrated planning, continuous integration, test management, and release management. With these capabilities, it helps Agile teams and DevOps toolchains to deliver high-quality software with insight, traceability, analytics-…

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Digital.ai TeamForge

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…

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GoCD

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

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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…

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monday dev

monday dev is a collaboration tool for development teams from Monday.com

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aqua cloud

aqua cloud is an AI-powered test management system designed specifically for regulated industries and big enterprises that aims to help to accelerate audit processes and speed up releases.

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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.

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TechExcel DevSuite

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

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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…

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Tricentis LiveCompare

LiveCompare provides SAP teams with AI-powered analytics and insights to reduce the risk, time, and cost of delivering and supporting changes to SAP systems. LiveCompare continuously monitors SAP delivery pipelines and production systems for issues that put the user's business at…

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DronaHQ

DronaHQ as a mobility platform helps containerise all apps in one single app. It's a docker for mobile apps used to build, deploy and manage apps rapidly. DronaHQ includes: Pre-built Container App across IOS/Android/Windows. Cordova runtime & app management layer. Platform…

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Visure Solutions ALM

Visure offers an ALM platform to implement efficient requirements lifecycle management.

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Rocket Application Quality Management

Rocket Application Quality Management is a suite ot manage the application portfolio, to gain a comprehensive understanding of applications to facilitate significant ROI, cost savings and optimization. Rocket’s Application Portfolio Management module provides the details, mapping,…

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What are Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Tools?

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Tools allow developers to collaboratively track and plan application and software development from initial planning through retirement. ALM tools help with governance, design, development, testing, deployment, and maintenance by providing a standardized environment for software development. Since ALM software centralizes the people, processes, and tools that go into application and software development, they are useful for increasing productivity and ensuring quality.

ALM Tools assist with development methodologies and continuous delivery by managing system requirements, automating code testing, and deploying application updates. ALM products also offer a wide range of observability and traceability tools, including software performance, progress tracking, and visualized reports. These allow for a seamless management of products across all stages of the application development and DevOps process. ALM tools are versatile, as virtually any industry that needs efficient application development solutions can find a suitable product. Finally, ALM tools tend to have integrated communication channels for collaborators to quickly share data and information with each other.

ALM Tools combines aspects of Bug Tracking Software, Collaboration Tools, Project Management Software, Quality Management Software, and Requirements Management Software onto one platform. The clearest ALM distinction is the tendency for ALM Tools to focus on ways for developers to work collectively using integrated communication channels and rapid data sharing. ALM tools also help facilitate the development, feedback, and deployment aspects of DevOps Software by providing a central platform for these processes to be managed.

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Tools Features

ALM Tools typically include the following features:

  • Governance and requirements management
  • Estimation and planning
  • Project management
  • Portfolio management
  • Source code management
  • Test case management
  • Bug, issue, and task tracking
  • Document management
  • User level management
  • Compliance and regulation management
  • Software deployment and release management
  • Manual and automated testing support
  • Knowledge base
  • Integrated instant messaging and chat
  • Audit and change history
  • Customizable visualization and reporting features
  • Project scalability
  • On-premise, cloud-based, or web-based hosting
  • Customizable dashboards and GUI
  • Integrations with third-party software
  • Compatible with waterfall, agile, or hybrid development methodologies

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Tools Comparison

When comparing ALM Tools, these are the most common considerations:

Development team size. While ALM Tools will be helpful for teams of any size, some products are geared more toward enterprise-sized teams than smaller ones. Some platforms support up to a thousand users at once. This is an important consideration because you’ll want to make sure that the ALM tool is powerful enough to support the entirety of your development team without putting a strain on your budget, as the number of users typically impacts cost of the product.

Application development plans. Current or future development plans will determine which ALM Tools are best for you. If you need a new tool mid-development, or you want to add a few modules rather than a full suite, Helix ALM provides individual module licensing. If you’re needing a tool that lets you make multiple products at once, Polarion supports reusable code and data schemes to make application branching easier.

Version control. Keeping a history of application and software updates is important for the security of your product, as it can provide valuable backup data. If nothing else, version control is often necessary to maintain regulatory and SLA compliance. As such, you’ll want to make sure your ALM tool makes this process easy for you. Rocket Aldon automatically creates an inventory of builds and packaging, making version control and archiving simple.

Legacy application support. If you intend to switch development tools or methodologies, you may want to make sure that your tool allows you to support previous versions. This may be especially important for customer-facing industries that see users using older software or application versions for any reason. OneOps offers interlinking legacy management systems.

Pricing Information

ALM Tools pricing tends to use subscription models ranging from $10 to $500 per month at the lowest tiers. Vendors will also typically create price plans suited for your business. Many vendors offer free trials and demos. There are many free open-source tools, like GoCD, but these require manual installation and maintenance by the end user..

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An ALM Tool’s effectiveness for you may depend on your development methodology. The following article explains two of the most common methods, which should help you determine which ALM tool is appropriate for your team:

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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 are the best application lifecycle management tools?

The top rated application lifecycle management tools are as follows:

  1. Azure DevOps Server (Formerly TMS)
  2. Jira Software
  3. Jama Connect

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.