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Application lifecycle management is a defined set of processes that govern how an organization manages software projects and investments, from concept to completion. In this way, ALM fits within the larger IT project and product management markets, but speaks to a greater connectivity between business processes and software engineering.

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monday.com

monday.com, an award-winning collaboration and project management platform, helps teams plan together efficiently and execute complex projects to deliver results on time. monday.com team management and task management tool allows ...Read more

4.59 (2410 reviews)

42 recommendations

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Wrike

Wrike is a cloud-based project management platform for teams of 20+ that is suitable for both large enterprises and SMBs. It supports remote work for various teams. This solution comes with Gantt charts, calendars, workload view f...Read more

4.24 (1736 reviews)

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Jira

Jira Software is a business process management tool used by agile teams to plan, track and release software. Jira Software supports Scrum, Kanban, a hybrid model or another unique workflow. Jira enables users to create projec...Read more

ClickUp

ClickUp is a cloud-based collaboration and project management tool suitable for businesses of all sizes and industries. Features include communication and collaboration tools, task assignments and statuses, alerts and a task toolb...Read more

Google Cloud Platform

Featuring G-Suite and GCP, Google Cloud is a platform that provides a reliable and easy-to-use set of solutions that can be used to tackle the toughest challenges in any type of industry. It provides secure storage options, integr...Read more

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Aha!

Aha! is the world's #1 product development software. Our suite of tools seamlessly work together to help teams turn raw concepts into valuable new capabilities — for customers and the business. Set strategy, spark creativity, crow...Read more

Favro

Favro is a project management and collaboration tool with which developers, marketers and executives can plan, track and evolve ideas. Designed to suit the size and needs of any project, Favro allows users to add features and inte...Read more

OutSystems

Outsystems is an AI-powered, low-code application development solution designed to modernize the entire application lifecycle, from initial build to cross-platform deployment. Outsystems is a full-stack visual development platform...Read more

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Zoho BugTracker

BugTracker by Zoho is a cloud-based bug tracking solution designed for businesses of all sizes. Key features include bugs automating, bugs viewing, file sharing, bugs dashboard, forums, time tracking and user administration. ...Read more

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Zoho Creator

Zoho Creator is an all-in-one low-code application development software platform that is designed to help businesses digitize their business operations without the hassle of traditional development. The solution enables profession...Read more

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Subscription models

  • Per employee/per month: This model allows you to pay a monthly fee for each of your employees.
  • Per user/per month: Users pay a monthly fee for users—normally administrative users—rather than all employees.

Perpetual license

  • This involves paying an upfront sum for the license to own the software and use it indefinitely.
  • This is the more traditional model and is most common with on-premise applications and with larger businesses.

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SpiraTeam

SpiraTeam is a project management solution that offers collaboration and quality assurance tools for businesses of all sizes and within all industries. The solution can be deployed either in the cloud or on-premise and is compatib...Read more

4.13 (93 reviews)

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Centercode

The Centercode Platform transforms how you collect and analyze pre-release customer feedback. Our delta testing system uses intelligent technology like plug-and-play project planning, engagement automation, and smart reporting to ...Read more

4.29 (75 reviews)

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VersionOne

VersionOne is a cloud-based agile application lifecycle management (ALM) solution that helps businesses engage stakeholders and track and report across various software portfolios, programs and projects. VersionOne features a...Read more

4.09 (60 reviews)

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CHAMPS

CMMS and enterprise asset management space, CHAMPS offers CMMS/EAM functionality to mid-size and enterprise-level organizations. Asset and maintenance management tools from CHAMPS can help these organizations optimize the lifecycl...Read more

4.12 (41 reviews)

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ACCELQ

ACCELQ is a cloud-based platform for continuous functional & API automation testing. The platform utilizes ‘natural language programming’ and application abstraction to enable testing at any stage of app development while making t...Read more

4.78 (37 reviews)

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Waydev

Waydev is an engineering management platform and codebase analytics tool. It helps engineering leaders monitor employee output without any manual input. Executives can use it to visualize productivity levels and constraints. The p...Read more

4.49 (35 reviews)

Dynatrace

Dynatrace is an AIOps solution designed to help businesses automate multi-cloud processes and streamline collaboration across multiple teams through purpose-built use cases. Its filtering capabilities enable supervisors to search ...Read more

4.43 (35 reviews)

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TrackVia

TrackVia is a workflow software development platform that allows users to create custom applications with a variety of uses. It is suitable for large organizations in most industries, particularly construction, manufacturing, heal...Read more

4.50 (32 reviews)

codebeamer

codebeamer is an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) platform for advanced product and software development. The open platform extends ALM functionalities with product line configuration capabilities, and provides unique config...Read more

4.21 (29 reviews)

Helix ALM

Helix ALM is an application lifecycle management (ALM) suite that enables organizations to scope, design, execute and track the application development process. Modules and key features include issue management, project collaborat...Read more

4.08 (26 reviews)

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Buyers Guide

Last Updated: May 18, 2022

Gartner predicts that by 2020, 40 percent of organizations will have shifted from a project management model to a product management one to manage technology investments in digital business.

"Because of the agile emphasis on taking a product perspective, organizations now have the opportunity to more tightly couple their application portfolio to their investment portfolio, and, instead of all investments being 'projects,' many (if not most) of them will become 'new product releases.'"

Source: Predicts 2017: PPM Leaders (content available to Gartner clients)

To keep pace with this shift, many organizations are investing in application lifecycle management (ALM) tools to create business processes that govern the full lifecycle of software projects and portfolios.

ALM tools combine project/product management with business process management, and are designed to serve a variety of business needs, from starter systems to robust full-service solutions. As such, it can be difficult to know exactly which type of ALM tool is the best fit for your business.

We've created this guide to help you better understand all that ALM encompasses, so you can make a more informed investment decision when choosing ALM software.

Here's what we'll cover:

What Is Application Lifecycle Management?
Common Capabilities of ALM Software
What Type of Buyer Are You?

What Is Application Lifecycle Management?

Application lifecycle management is a defined set of processes that govern how an organization manages software projects and investments, from concept to completion.

In this way, ALM fits within the larger IT project and product management markets, but speaks to a greater connectivity between business processes and software engineering.

ALM tools create an integrated environment that helps connect teams and improve the flow of work through each stage in the software development lifecycle (SDLC):

Software Development Lifecycle Stages

Software Development Lifecycle Stages

Although work is designed to flow from one stage to the next, the process can move backward or forward as needed. For example, work will move from development to testing, then back to development then onto testing again, before reaching deployment.

  • Plan/gather requirements: In some models, “planning" and “requirements gathering" are separate stages, but we've included them together because these steps inform one another. This involves stakeholder analysis, defining the scope of the project, identifying any known risks and setting budget and timeline benchmarks. The functional and technical requirements (as well as the subsequent requirements review and approval by stakeholders) inform the project plan.
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  • Design: Involves putting the application requirements into a design specification plan. Includes the interface design and proof of concept, as well as the design review and approval by all stakeholders.
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  • Develop/build: Involves taking the design specs and actually building the application, i.e., generating the code, to meet the original requirements.
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  • Test: Involves testing the code for defects and fixing them to ensure the final, approved product meets the original requirements and specifications for the end user.
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  • Deploy: Involves rolling out the application to end users, i.e., product release. Depending on feedback from users, and approval from stakeholders, changes may be made to the application to better meet end user needs.
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  • Maintain/support: Involves sustaining applications and maintaining their performance until application retirement. Includes application support, systems support and end user support.

ALM tools connect teams at each of these stages, improving visibility and collaboration. From planning through maintenance, they are important for tracking changes and providing an audit trail for retrospectives. This transparency plays a large role in helping teams reach their goal of continuous delivery and improvement.

These tools range from comprehensive suites designed to manage applications from inception to retirement, to products that specialize in one phase, e.g., planning or test, to simple agile solutions or wikis designed to monitor application progress or code review.

 

Common Features of ALM Software

While features will vary from system to system, ALM tools typically contain some or all of the following capabilities:

Project management (or product management) Plan and track software projects, commonly following agile workflows. Streamline task management, time tracking, resource management and scheduling, dashboards, reporting and analytics.
Requirements management Define end-user requirements, break work down into actionable sequences, plan backlogs and schedule iterations.
Design and development Track works-in-progress. Often, agile teams develop software in two-week iterations, or sprints. This allows for more frequent testing and review.
Bug tracking Process, track and report on bugs in the application. Also called defect or issue management.
Quality assurance (QA) and testing Document and track application testing to ensure quality and function meets predetermined requirements.
Release management Support application deployment. Oversee software release, intake of end-user feedback and planning/initiating maintenance and improvements on application.
Process review and optimization Monitor and audit various stages in software development lifecycle with the goal to optimize processes (build, testing, release, application performance etc.).
Collaboration Enable users to connect and collaborate within the tool to facilitate group work. Can include content management wikis, group forums or activity streams, user logs, user mentions as well as chat.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

The two most common development methodologies are waterfall and agile, although agile is increasingly becoming the de facto software development model. Several variations on these models exist, including the big bang and spiral models.

Waterfall. A more traditional project management method, the waterfall SDLC model works best for smaller, risk-averse projects where the requirements are clear at the start and not likely to change over the course of the project. Work flows from one stage to the next, sequentially, with the output of one phase becoming the input for the next.

Agile. The agile SDLC model works well for projects of any size, where requirements may not be clear at the start or are likely to change over the course of the project. The application is broken down and completed in cycles, over numerous releases. Testing and feedback on each release is then incorporated into the next version.

Which SDLC model you chose is largely dependent on the size and scope of the project as well as the customer's requirements. ALM tools should support your team's workflows, not dictate them. It's important to choose a solution that aligns with your team's current processes, but is flexible enough to support multiple SDLC models.