​LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT

Application Lifecycle Management – ALM

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What is ALM?

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is the monitoring of an application from its initial planning to its end-of-life support. This also includes how changes to an application are documented and tracked.

Why ALM and PLM should be used together

Software rapidly overhauls the prioritisation of hardware in the product development process, especially for technologically complex products and industries such as automotive, aerospace and defence, and the manufacture of medical instruments. Today, technology manufacturers generally use Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions  for speed time to market, increase process efficiency, improve collaboration and meet compliance requirements.

However, conventional PLM systems generally manage software as a "part" in the context of the product manufacturing process and have difficulty managing the complex development processes for software. Software has its own specific lifecycle, with other information to manage, other collaboration processes and methods, other specifications and elements. This lifecycle has so far been neglected by traditional PLM solutions.

To successfully launch high-quality software-controlled products, manufacturers must go beyond their conventional stand-alone PLM or ALM system. They must actively seek an integrated solution that enables a complete set of hardware and software product requirements and supports the collaboration of multiple disciplines necessary to ensure end-to-end management of the software and hardware components.

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What is Polarion® ALM?

ALM Lifecycle Management

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Life cycle management for software

Older software development environments use a wide variety of standalone solutions to manage the application lifecycle. Therefore, artefacts of development are scattered. This slows down collaboration, interferes with transparency, undermines integrity, and hampers innovation.

Polarion® ALM ™ is a single, unified enterprise solution that aggregates management information in real time, providing project visibility. It puts everyone involved in the same position as to what to create and why. It also promotes progress while protecting integrity and compliance. With this approach, teams can respond faster and with better quality to new business opportunities and customer requirements.

The main pillars of Polarion® ALM

An Application Lifecycle Management solution must follow the trends and challenges of modern software development: increasing demand for customizations and variants, highly complex projects, distributed teams, and more. Polarion® ALM is based on three important pillars:

Collaboration

With Polarion® ALM teams can easily and securely work together on shared assets. With detailed authorizations and robust, configurable workflow automation, you can control who can display what and who can change what and when.

Traceability

With Polarion® ALM you can ensure that you have complete information about every step of a development process. Each step is reachable with one click - from changed lines of code to high-level change requests.

Reuse

Studies show that 60-80% of requirements, code and tests apply to multiple projects. With Polarion® ALM you can reuse or distribute your data, to effectively develop projects and product lines sequentially or in parallel.

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