Virtually every type of product that can be imagined has a lifecycle. This is true for software applications as well as tangible items such as automotive vehicles. Software lifecycle management – more recently termed Application Lifecycle Management or ALM – is an important part of any IT group’s overall management strategy.
Software applications go through a variety of phases during the lifecycle. Some of the phases can be skipped; others may fall out of order. But generally most applications follow these stages:
ALM tools have been introduced to the market in recent years. This allows the facilitation of software lifecycle management particularly for complex applications that may involve multiple tiers, geographically distributed teams, and complicated requirements. These software products provide workflow tools and management features to allow greater visibility, sharing and collaboration. When evaluating ALM tools, businesses should look for experienced providers with tangible references. The provider should allow a small proof of concept as part of the proposal. With better ALM tools, the software lifecycle can become more streamlined and simpler to manage – regardless of size or scope.
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David G. Peterson is a business consultant and author of Handling the Remedy. He has extensive international experience managing projects and operations for large financial institutions. He has worked in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia skillfully managing business and technical requirements, core systems enhancement and support, merger and acquisition integration's, business process reengineering, off-shoring and outsourcing.