Kovair, the Integrated Application Lifecycle Management – ALM Company steps in to serve Aerospace, Defense, Civil Aviation, Airport infrastructure and Defense engineering industries in India. The objective is to streamline and interconnect the design and development phases of aero engineering products right from idea generation stage to the end of the product’s lifecycle.
Kovair brings with it an Integrated ALM Platform that helps Aerospace and Defense organizations meet new challenges, gain new capabilities and deliver quality products within budget.
What is ALM
Application Lifecycle Management – ALM is the product lifecycle management of application software. An application’s lifecycle includes the entire time span during which an organization spends money on this asset, from the initial idea to the end of the application’s life.
David Chappell, the Principal of Chappell & Associates says, “Like a human life, an application’s lifecycle is demarcated by significant events,” which is much more than just Software Development Lifecycle – SDLC.
Why ALM needs to be Integrated
In order to maximize the business value of a software, the three aspects of ALM – Governance, Development and Operations need to be tightly connected to each other. Using best-of-breed tools from the leading vendors like IBM, Microsoft, HP and Open Sources makes this job easier. However, getting the right combination of tools that can talk to each other real-time in an integrated ecosystem is ever challenging. Geographical barrier, different tool technologies and nature of development complexities worsen the situation.
Taking a broad and holistic view of ALM therefore, is imperative to critical business process as followed in Aero and Defense industries.
The coordination of development lifecycle activities, including requirements, modeling, development, build and testing is necessary, through:
- Enforcement of processes that span these activities;
- Management of relationships between development artifacts used or produced by these activities;
- Reporting on progress of the development effort as a whole.
Who should adopt ALM
Government Sector – R & D Labs, Defense Forces, Space Labs, Missile technology developers, Design and development divisions of arms and ammunitions
Multi National Companies – Design and development divisions of military and civil aircraft, Missile technology developers, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – UAVs
Public Sectors – Design and development divisions of military and civil aircrafts, helicopters, arms and ammunitions, UAVs
Why Indian Aerospace Needs ALM Solution
An aircraft is a complex, inherently multidisciplinary product that requires real-time global collaboration for Design, Manufacture, and Service. The entire engineering data is hierarchically structured and traced throughout the lifecycle under strict Configuration Control (CC).
This requires an accurate, easily communicable platform like ALM. This will enable real-time data throughout the life cycle of the product.
Continuous Development Challenges
Innovation in Aerospace and defense comes with new challenges and constraints for software development teams. Maintaining rigorous safety standards is also mandatory for all software in airborne system. This requires aircrafts and equipment development teams to emphasize on process safety.
Need for Tools and Teams Collaboration
The engineering activities of an aircraft’s lifecycle have transformed from vertically integrated organizations into highly distributed and collaborative mode that involves subcontracting of various product and process design packages into tier 1, Tier 2 and tier 3 entities all over the world. These sources tend to operate with multi-vendor application tools throughout the lifecycle of the product. This necessitates cross tools end-to-end traceability of a Release and better project visibility.
Reducing Risks and Improving Governance
Every Aerospace and Defense program has a stringent delivery deadline. Without process automation, process agility and centralized repository in place, there is a risk of program overrun, project cancelation as well as overhead cost.
Avoiding Reworks and Managing Change Requests
In any Aerospace project, small or large, the changes in requirements are frequent and continuous. This results in a dilemma of whether the end product meets the approved requirements. Managing Change Request implementation also leads to high‐level of rework throughout a project lifecycle. Such excessive rework and inefficient requirements review process can cost in millions and devalue project outcomes.
Kovair Solution for Aerospace and Defense
Kovair Application Lifecycle Management Solution ensures that all the stakeholders and team members in an aerospace project are working at the same work area, no matter where they are located, and that there are no costly last minute surprises. Kovair ALM platform can be fully customized to meet any organizational requirements of any complexity that Aerospace and Defense industries have.
Kovair integrated ALM covers all aspects of ALM like Project Planning, Risk Assessment, Requirements Management, Development Management, Source Control Management, Quality Assurance and Testing, Change Management, Defect Management, and Automated Build Management as well as provides 3rd party tool integration support so as to enable creation of applications in a synchronized tools environment.
Kovair has almost 50 out-of-the-box integrations with leading third- party tools from IBM, Microsoft and Open sources. Popular tools like IBM DOORS, RQM, RTC, ClearCase, HP QC, Source code management tools like RTC, TFS are all integrated through Omnibus.
Kovair ALM Highlights:
- 100% Web-based for global access without any client-side software.
- Multiple ALM Solutions (Requirements, System Architecture, Design Elements, Tests, Defects and Change Requests) in a single data repository.
- Requirements gathering, parsing, modeling, review, traceability, base lining and intelligent reporting in a process-driven methodology.
- Change Management with multi-level traceability and versioning of requirements.
- Built-in Workflow Process and Policy Engines for reviews and escalations.
- Document Management and Attachment capabilities for global review and approval of documents.
- Security and Workflow Process workflow design in compliance with regulations and standards of aerospace authorities.
- Comprehensive Users and Access Management mechanism for required access rights and privileges.
- Excellent Reporting capabilities with Dashboards, Word, Excel and Crystal Reports.
- SOA based Enterprise Service Bus(“Omnibus”) integrations with any best-of-breed third party tool for Integrated ALM Solutions.
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