Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is the life cycle of a software application; specifically referring to the development, design and testing of the application itself. ALS covers from the beginning to the end in the software development, idea to retirement. (inflctra). International Business Machine Corporation (IBM) uses the Rational Collaborative Life Cycle Management Platform, and that is what this paper will review.

Indeed, when it comes to the development of proprietary software it is essential that organizations and companies must be strategic in ensuring confidentiality, authorization, integrity, availability, and authentication. The application Lifecycle Management is the resolution. The organizations will have a much greater sphere of control through all stages of the software lifecycle. ALM provides them the resource necessary to make determinations as to when a software product will reach its point of diminishing returns, saving some companies millions of dollars(Murphy, 2013). IBM has created a solution with their Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management Platform.

 

IBM Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management is a very complex tool that has various aspects to it, such as IBM Rational Team Concert, IBM Rational DOORS, Next Generation, and IBM Rational Quality Manager Products (IBM). The combination of these various tools sets up Sifers-Grayson to have a complete and thorough sphere of control over software development. They will be able to monitor the development of the software through each stage and shifting developments depending on the monitored results. The expectation management that is provided will drive, and motivate engineers to ensure they are meeting hard deadlines, this will save the company significant amounts of money in potentially lost time. This ALM features a change and configuration management. This gives Sifers-Grayson direct detail control what changes are made the software, what is placed into the software and will monitor any minute changes. A significant feature to this ALM is Project planning.

After a software has begun development, some organizations may struggle to adjust the life cycle without the proper tools. Project Planning provides Sifer-Grayson the ability to change deadlines, goals and product features with maximum efficiency. Ensuring engineers are effective communication and maintaining strong project oversight. This allows for quick deployment of development along with efficient product evolution (IBM). Allowing the organization this type of detailed control helps increase monitoring abilities of the thus increasing security which in turn provides confidentiality, integrity, availability, authorization, and authentication.

Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management features Real-time planning (RTP), Lifecycle traceability, In-context collaboration, Development intelligence, and Continuous improvement. Real-time planning offers a single plan that spans requirements, application development, design and test efforts (IBM 2016). RTP allows the planning to be integrated with the execution and ensures the plan will always reflect the team’s end state.

Real-time planning (RTP)

Lifecycle traceability establishes relations with software artifacts, raising awareness within all of the team’s members. It also helps team leads to identify and close artifact gaps across disciplines. In-context collaboration ensures all information is accessible to all team members within their respective sections of work(Owen, 2015). This program permits teams to collaborate on and review software development artifacts to encourage feedback during the whole process. Continuous improvement promotes periodic improvements of the project and Development intelligence enables fact based decision making and ensures only quality input is accepted in the project.

All of the features of IBM’s Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management ensure the five information assurance pillars Availability, Integrity, Authentication, Confidentiality, and Non-Repudiation are embedded into the software development process from beginning to end(IBM). IBM’s Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management has several key benefits of the software application but every application has discrepancies that many customers did not admire about their software or IBM as a company. IBM took these negative reactions into account and have worked extremely hard to correct these deficiencies. Overall this product will be an outstanding addition to any organization that’s seriously looking to implement an ALM solution.

 

References

Application Lifecycle Management (2016). Retrieved from IBM: http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/en/ratlclm

Coverity Software Testing & IBM Collaborative Lifecycle Management. (2015). Retrieved from Coverity: http://www.coverity.com/products/sdlc-integrations/ibm-alm/

IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation. (2016). Retrieved from IBM: http://bff5.http.dal05.cdn.softlayer.net/store-ibm-prod-file1/app_resources/4483/documentation/5887_en.pdf

IBM Rational Team Concert Reviews. (2015). Retrieved from Trust Radius: https://www.trustradius.com/products/ibm-rational-team-concert/reviews

Murphy, T. E., Duggan, J., & Wilson, N. (2013, November 19). Magic Quadrant for Application Development Life Cycle Management. Retrieved from Garthner: https://web.archive.org/web/20150425234626/http://www.hansoft.com/en/assets/magic-quadrant-for-application-development-life-cycle-management.pdf

Owen, G. (2015, July). What you need to know about the ALM methodology. Retrieved from TechTarget: http://searchsoftwarequality.techtarget.com/feature/What-you-need-to-know-about-the-ALM-methodology

 

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