Vendor Landscape: Agile ALM

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What is a Value Score?

The Value Score indexes each vendor’s product offering and business strength relative to their price point. It does not indicate vendor ranking.

Vendors that score high offer more bang for the buck (e.g. features, usability, stability, etc.) than the average vendor, while the inverse is true for those that score lower.

Price-conscious enterprises may wish to give the Value Score more consideration than those who are more focused on specific vendor/product attributes.


Your Challenge

  • Development methodologies and environments have proliferated, increasing complexity for the manager who needs to manage Agile development with an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tool.
  • Code bases continue to increase in size, necessitating an integrated ALM tool that can manage all phases of development.
  • The cost of ALM licenses puts pressure on the budget-conscious IT leader.

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Critical Insight

  • Premium offerings give the ability to customize process. Evaluate your need for, and the cost of, process customization before you make your purchase.
  • Premium products support development across the growing range of platforms and development methodologies. Assess your present and future platform needs.
  • A number of new vendors have entered the market in the last few years. Niche offerings can serve your needs at a fraction of the cost of a premium tool.

Impact and Result

  • Choose the right range of features for your development scenario.
  • Find an integrated solution that will reduce your development costs.

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  1. Assess Agile ALM vendor feature sets and viability

    Determine which vendors best suit your Agile ALM needs.

  2. Use your requirements to set evaluation priorities

    Develop a custom shortlist based on Agile ALM criteria most important to your organization.

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    Mike Marsman | 02-24-2012

    I'm a little surprised to see that two of the industry leaders (Rally and VersionOne) are absent from this list.

    Having used several, I'd consider them both superior to any of the vendors listed here.

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      Info-Tech Research Group | 02-28-2012

      Thanks for your comment. It certainly is a good point; however, the only reason we can offer is simply that the original list of vendors we looked at was quite large. Initially we had both Rally and VersionOne on a “working list,” but since our Vendor Landscapes can't be executed using 20 vendors, it was necessary to drop the number back. When we started the process, we had 10 and ended up with 8 (due to non-responsiveness or for other reasons). When it comes time to revisit this VL, both Rally and VersionOne will get into the mix.

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    Gaja Kannan | 01-10-2013

    No TFS (Team Foundation Server)?

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      Info-Tech Research Group | 01-10-2013

      Thank you for your question. Team Foundation Server is most definitely a viable and solid choice for ALM, specifically if you are already a Microsoft-oriented shop. The integration possibilities alone make it a top choice for many clients looking for a Microsoft ALM solution. The omission of certain players (Rally, Version One, TFS) does not imply that they are not top performers, simply that for various reasons they were not available to be briefed and it would have been unfair to include only partial information or non-verified details. In the future as these vendor comparisons are refreshed, new vendors will potentially be included as well as those vendors that were intended to be included previously, such as these.

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    VIRN Verizon | 01-15-2013

    It may have been more helpful to delay this report until the widely known/adopted vendors could also be properly evaluated with the lesser-known

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