Application lifecycle management

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Application lifecycle management (ALM), called also ADLM (Application Development Life-cycle Management),[1] 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.[2][3]

However, modern software development processes are not restricted to the discrete ALM/SDLC steps managed by different teams using multiple tools from different locations.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

ALM software suites[edit]

Some specialized software suites for ALM are:

NameReleased by
EndevorCA Technologies
Enterprise ArchitectSparx Systems
FogBugzFog Creek Software
GeneXusGeneXus - Artech
HP Application Lifecycle ManagementHP Software Division
IBM Rational Team ConcertIBM
MylynEclipse Foundation
Parasoft Concerto, Parasoft Development Testing PlatformParasoft
Protecode System 4Protecode
Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle ManagementIBM
SAP Solution ManagerSAP
Team Foundation ServerMicrosoft
TestTrackSeapine Software
Visual Studio Application Lifecycle ManagementMicrosoft

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gartner blogpost". 
  2. ^ deJong, Jennifer (2008-04-15). "Mea culpa, ALM toolmakers say". SDTimes. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  3. ^ Chappell, David, What is Application Lifecycle Management? 

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