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Application lifecycle management (ALM), called also ADLM (Application Development Life-cycle Management), is the product lifecycle management (governance, development, and maintenance) of application software. It encompasses requirements management, software architecture, computer programming, software testing, software maintenance, change management, continuous integration, project management, and release management.
However, modern software development processes are not restricted to the discrete ALM/SDLC steps managed by different teams using multiple tools from different locations. Real-time collaboration, access to centralized data repository, cross-tool and cross-project visibility, better project monitoring and reporting are the key to develop quality software in less time.
This has given rise to the practice of Integrated Application Lifecycle Management, or Integrated ALM, where all the tools and tools' users are synchronized with each other throughout the application development stages. This integration ensures that every team member knows Who, What, When, and Why of any changes made during the development process and there is no last minute surprise causing delivery delays or project failure.
Today's application management vendors focus more on API management capabilities for third party best-of-breed tool integration which ensures that organizations are well-equipped with an internal software development system that can easily integrate with any IT or ALM tools needed in a project.
Some specialized software suites for ALM are:
|Enterprise Architect||Sparx Systems|
|FogBugz||Fog Creek Software|
|GeneXus||GeneXus - Artech|
|HP Application Lifecycle Management||HP Software Division|
|IBM Rational Team Concert||IBM|
|Parasoft Concerto, Parasoft Development Testing Platform||Parasoft|
|Protecode System 4||Protecode|
|Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management||IBM|
|SAP Solution Manager||SAP|
|Team Foundation Server||Microsoft|
|Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management||Microsoft|