Selecting Best ALM Tools For Your Organization

Sept. 5, 2013 - PRLog -- When it comes to ALM tools a lot of misunderstandings have been related to it. While some people think it is a configuration management tool, a requirement tool, bug tracking tool others think it is a tool that performs a task within a project. The term ALM means the management of all phases of the application lifecycle in one tool. The market offers wide variety of such tools, but the Best ALM Tools are the one that provides right integration among the different phases and full traceability between all project artifacts.

As already mentioned that the market offers different ALM tools so here are simple tips that help an organization to understand that which tools stands apart from the rest. An ALM tool must cover the minimum components of requirement management, test management, project management, use case management, issue management, change management, release management, iteration management as well as collaboration management.

Secondly, the Best ALM Tools are the one where all the above components are fully integrated in one tool with one repository where entire artifacts created by these components are stored. Also the Meta Data of such repository must have the ability to maintain relationship between these artifacts.

A complete traceability is the next factor that an organization must consider when selecting the ALM tools. Because of the capability of the complete integration through single repository, the ALM tool would provide complete traceability among the different artifacts. Such traceability lets the project team to successfully manage the relationships among artifacts with the help of different reports.

Seamless user interface is one the most important feature of Best ALM tools to allow the users interact with all components as well as functionality with the help of seamless common user interface.

Before initializing the selection procedure, an organization must conduct a thorough research as well as must have clear understanding about the ALM tools. Such aspects no doubt take time, but it will help to select the right tools and simultaneously ensures right investment that would yield expected results in long run. Investing time to understand the different tools by the vendors is recommended.

Another important aspect that an organization must never underestimate during identifying the best ALM tools is to ensure that the platform is flexible enough to fit the process of the organization. No two organizations works in the same manner and thus tool selection procedure must prioritize an organization’s unique process and not select tool because it successfully worked for some other organization.

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