By Dominic Tavassoli, program director, worldwide, systems marketing for Rational software, IBM Software Group
Application lifecycle management (ALM) has the potential to deliver productivity and quality benefits that are attractive to just about any software and systems development organization. But can ALM initiatives live up to their promise in an increasingly complex global development environment? The answer is yes.
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A new generation of ALM solutions, which have been proven in many global development organizations, can support companies as they progress their ALM initiatives through multiple levels of maturity. These solutions enable organizations to build better systems and software while successfully innovating, responding to change, and meeting their business and governance objectives. The path to achieving these benefits can be broken into a succession of maturity levels, with specific practices and products that organizations should implement
and adopt. These clearly defined steps in advanced systems and software development provide a roadmap for maturing processes beyond the initial steps of integrating requirements management, change and configuration management,and testing. This path to greater maturation can benefit business processes
across the global enterprise.
This paper outlines the steps that organizations must take to improve their systems and software development processes, including key best practices. It discusses solutions for unifying fractured, global development groups with existing infrastructures as well as ways to expand on initial steps to bring more critical stakeholders into the ALM process while continually improving its efficiency.
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