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Evaluate the Application Lifecycle Management Landscape

Manage the complexity of today’s frequent deployment cycles and assure alignment and traceability with business objectives.

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Your Challenge

  • IT leaders are continuously looking for opportunities to streamline the management of their application and development lifecycles while assuring their products are valuable and well supported.
  • Application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions are attractive solutions to help organizations streamline their development and portfolio management practices and maintain traceability and transparency of the value and status of both product and projects.
  • The capabilities of different ALM solutions vary widely. Some focus on a specific domain such as requirements, test, or issue management. Other solutions are designed with a broad set of capabilities intended to cross multiple aspects of the software development and application lifecycles.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Tools are critical for the shift from a document to data-driven ALM. ALM data is currently hidden in documents and network drives. ALM solutions provide the insight needed for governance and continuous improvement of every practice.
  • Organizations implement ALM solutions to manage products and projects. Application teams continuously strive to increase throughput and reduce contention, rework, and frustration when they develop and support their application portfolio. ALM solutions ensure that people have the information they need to manage the whole product, not just a single project or work order.
  • Teams want an open and integrated ALM environment. Teams are empowered to adopt the tools they need to address complexities and frequent changes while assuring end-to-end artifact traceability. ALM vendors are positioning their products as open solutions with out-of-the-box integrations and marketplaces to allow teams to create a tightly integrated and flexible tool environment.

Impact and Result

  • Understand the core ALM features and the various practice focuses of key ALM players.
  • Evaluate and select the most appropriate ALM vendors and solutions to satisfy your high priority project management, requirements management, development, testing, deployment, and issue management needs.

Research & Tools

1. Evaluate the ALM landscape

Strengthen your understanding of ALM and review the key players in the ALM space.

2. Identify the ALM solution that best meets the organization's needs

Develop a shortlist to speed the selection process.

3. Review vendor products

Ensure the selected vendors can deliver your requirements.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a three call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Shortlist assistance and requirements

Call #1 - Discuss the market space and how vendors position themselves. Decide which implementation approach suits you best and narrow down the options based on customized requirements. Prepare your team to engage the vendors in your shortlist.

Guided Implementation #2 - RFP review

Call #1 - Review your findings from your vendor RFPs and ensure the solution will meet your needs.

Guided Implementation #3 - Contract review and implementation plan

Call #1 - Review contracts and discuss best practices in negotiation tactics to get the most out of your solution. Define the roadmap of your implementation plan.