Menu
Forrester: Businesses need app lifecycle management

Forrester: Businesses need app lifecycle management

See it as an enabler not a control tool, says analyst

Organisations that depend on software to run their businesses must start thinking about adopting application lifecycle management (ALM), according to Forrester.

"If you aren't doing [ALM] today and software is important to your business, you need to start thinking about how to get transparency, how to get understanding of the [application process] flow, and to think of software as a business process," Forrester analyst Dave West told Computerworld UK at HP's Software Universe conference in Barcelona.

He warned businesses not to get too bogged down in the technology, though, which was a common mistake.

"The adoption of ALM has not been seen as super successful because customer approaches, sometimes with vendor help, tended to focus on development tools rather than business management," said West. "ALM is about integration, not about the individual tools."

The biggest challenge to ALM adoption is people, said West. Not only are people, such as developers, used to working in isolation, but there can also be a misunderstanding of how software is developed.

He said that a common mistake is for the project management office [PMO] to view ALM as a control or governance tool, rather than an enabler through improved automation and traceability, of the application production process.

"Fundamentally people think you can plan and design everything. The experience [in software] is you need to work iteratively and evolutionarily, releasing incrementally and understanding incrementally," West said.

He added: "Traditionally, we see a lot of issues because the PMO wants the ALM to install a very defined process, but that process does not necessarily work in that way. The PMO needs to work with developers to understand how they work. ALM is about flow, not control."

Another significant relationship in software is the burgeoning one between developers and operations. West predicts this bond will continue to be strengthened.

"With the emergence of dev ops - the interesting thing about that is we see an increased value placed on the relationship between operations and developers, when historically they have been separate," said West.

"There are two drivers - the need for speed to get things out faster and quality. Definitely over half of bugs you see in production tend to be because the deployment and testing architectures are different, caused by inconsistent information."


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags softwareapplications

Featured

Slideshows

Reseller News Innovation Awards 2018: meet the top performing partners

Reseller News Innovation Awards 2018: meet the top performing partners

Reseller News honoured the industry’s finest on a standout evening for the New Zealand channel, recognising the achievements of established partners, emerging players and innovative start-ups, in front of over 460 technology leaders in Auckland.

Reseller News Innovation Awards 2018: meet the top performing partners
Champagne Reception kicks off Reseller News Innovation Awards 2018

Champagne Reception kicks off Reseller News Innovation Awards 2018

More than 460 channel leaders came together to toast the top performers of the New Zealand industry, during the opening Champagne Reception at the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2018 - in association with Techbuyer.

Champagne Reception kicks off Reseller News Innovation Awards 2018
Chasing innovation: how Kiwi partners can create a new customer agenda

Chasing innovation: how Kiwi partners can create a new customer agenda

This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable - in association with Rhipe and Microsoft - detailed a blueprint for customer success, outlining the new role of the modern-day partner and wider network in New Zealand.

Chasing innovation: how Kiwi partners can create a new customer agenda
Show Comments