For many readers, the benefits of an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools integration platform must have been obvious by now.
Some of the common reasons why an ALM integration platform is a necessity today are because of its features like process visibility, end-to-end traceability, and enhanced collaboration. But the most important advantage for which organizations look forward to using an integration platform are efficient management of complex processes (both old and new) and to mitigate the various reasons that cause an application development project failure.
In this article, let us elaborately look at how an integration platform helps you to avoid process failures and application development disasters.
Single Source of Truth for Data Management
Maintaining a common artifact can help organizations to establish a single repository throughout the application lifecycle. This ensures that team efforts are properly aligned across the different stages involved.
A common artifact can also help to create complete traceability — beginning from the developer writing code based on the application specifications and the testers linking test cases to the same specifications. This is followed by raising issues against the test cases, which can be automatically traced back to the product specifications. Access to a single source of information also enables operations to get a better understanding of the design and development of the application, which places them in a better position to maintain application stability.
In addition, access to information from a single place makes it easier to prepare data for reports and internal audits as well as respond to regulatory requirements.
A Unified Methodology for Managing Disparate Processes
Small technology startups transitioning into the large-sized company, may begin with one type of process in their initial phase but as new projects start coming in and the need of more resources arises, these organizations may often find themselves in troubled water. That is because these organizations now have venture capitalists, stakeholders, employees, and investors to whom they will need to provide both strategic and tactical directions.
But the small-scale industries or startups are not just the only ones needing an ALM framework. Even large-scale organizations undergoing multiple mergers and acquisitions will need to integrate an application portfolio together with the processes and methodologies that are involved in the application development and management process. For such scenarios, implementing an ALM framework can unified methodology that will help to unite the different processes involved in, thereby helping an organization to undergo a transition phase smoothly.
A Regulatory Compliant Environment for Change Management
Organizations often must face the daunting task of ensuring that they meet effective regulatory requirements. Medical organizations need to quickly react in response to legislations like HIPPA. Again, utility companies may have to face with new regulations after suffering from a catastrophe storm for which they need to make necessary changes to the application.
This calls for an environment where organizations can automate compliant efforts and achieve sustainable compliance across the different stages in application development. An integrated ALM platform can make these compliance requirements traceable to the stakeholders across all application lifecycle items.
How Kovair Omnibus Can Help Build an Integrated ALM Setup
Kovair Omnibus is an Enterprise Service Bus that can seamlessly connect applications and data using SOA architecture. It enables you to create a unified and highly productive development environment by integrating various ALM tools that you are using for application development. Kovair has adapters for 90+ ALM tools. You can use these adapters for integrating the ALM tools with Kovair Omnibus, thereby creating an integrated environment, where teams can achieve cross-tool collaboration and teamwork across disparate systems. Some of the feature highlights of Kovair Omnibus are as follows:
- Comprehensive and cost-effective means of transferring synchronized data along with a full context.
- Seamless integrated data and execution flow without the need of replacing existing tools.
- End-to-End traceability from Requirements to Code to Testing and Delivery ensuring compliance.
- Support for existing point-to-point and single vendor integrations.
- OLSC-based integration between IBM Jazz tools like RRC, RTC, RQM and non-OSLC tools like QC, JIRA, TFS and SharePoint.
- Centralized configuration for integration between tools deployed for production.
- Zero error and zero-loss data synchronization between tools.
- Real-time metrics and traceability based on cross-tool data.
The Ultimate Aim is to Win High Business Satisfaction
As organizations, most of us seek from an ALM solution is the ability to achieve a transparent, collaborative, and matured business relationship with the IT, product engineering and management, vendors, stakeholders, and everyone involved. Continuous collaboration is an important factor that goes beyond the first version of an application to ensure that high quality and effective software is produced. This is what users seek from a software and what businesses need to deliver to win high satisfaction and better ROI.