Integrated Application Lifecycle Management
Integrated application lifecycle management is a totally integrated set of tools and processes that help organizations manage the entire lifecycle of application development. It connects different teams, activities, platforms, tools, and processes involved in a software development project.
Challenges of Integrated ALM
Introducing and implementing Integrated ALM in development organizations is not easy for the following reasons:
- Multi-vendor tools use various technologies such as command line interface, desktop application, client-server, or web-based that run on different platforms such as Windows, Linux, and UNIX.
- Software being produced uses a wide range of technologies such as .NET-based desktop application, Java-based web application, or a COBOL-based mainframe application.
- Tools use various data repositories such as proprietary file structures, XML, Excel, or relational databases of various flavors.
- Tools are geographically distributed as the development groups and team members from multiple corporate entities are.