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Why should mature QA organizations look after Application Lifecycle Management?

manuelrubioc ‎06-04-2012 01:49 AM - edited ‎06-26-2015 03:07 PM

Every business change is enabled by applications. Business agility requires IT agility. This agility keeps IT on the front line of business change, complete with line-of-business managers. In this environment, business applications require constant modernization and replacement. This development touches almost all aspects of IT. It turns local, dedicated teams into virtual, distributed ones and re-shapes applications from software to composite “systems of systems.” It enriches user experience and company brand via Web 2.0 and rich internet applications  (RIAs). And it changes release management from singular launches to multi-application “release trains.”


HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)  provides automated capabilities that allow you to successfully master and profit from change—rather than simply react to it. HP ALM focuses on strategic control points across the lifecycle this allows you to Align IT objectives with business priorities and keep them aligned throughout the application lifecycle. It also reduces application development, delivery and maintenance costs. You are able to improve operational efficiencies by measuring and reporting key performance indicators (KPIs). You can also share knowledge and best practices across departments and lines of business.


      By moving to HP ALM right now, your organization can get a higher value for their investment combined with an improved user experience, resulting in higher user and customer satisfaction as well as greater ROI. In addition to performance and usability improvements, there is a wider array of supported environments. Further, the HP ALM solution is now a true platform allowing for a variety of new users to interface and gain value from HP ALM.


Developers now will be able to access data (defects, requirements’, use cases, work items, etc.) from HP ALM from within their Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The changes they make to the source code repository can be associated against artifacts in HP ALM to give true visibility from requirement to code. The additional reporting on development and builds all add up to bringing development and test closer together whether it be Agile, Waterfall or a mix of methodologies.


HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) has introduced a lot of capabilities and functionality to help manage the application lifecycle process effectively. Here are some key changes:


Project Planning and Tracking—ALM Provides single pane of glass to:

  • Monitor specific project milestones
  • Dynamically assess health
  • Define and measure KPIs
  • Automatically update status
  • Embed status into other tools
  • Drill down for details


Project Management Standardization and Compliance:

  • Reuse/sharing of project assets (requirements, tests) across multiple projects.
  • Cross-project reporting.
  • Enforce standardization of project configurations.


Enterprise Release Support:

  • Share all assets across multiple projects (Reqs, Components, Tests, Defects)
  • Track status across multiple projects and tie to milestones
  • Cross-project reporting (at top and granular levels)


Asset Sharing and Reuse:

  • Manage resources centrally
  • Synchronize changes
  • Ensure compliance
  • Maintain shared asset traceability
  • An “SCCM” for requirements and tests


Unified Platform

  • HP ALM provides a significant infrastructure savings by consolidating QC and PC on one platform/database
  • Unlimited High Availability servers


Integration with Development: QA and Development to Collaborate and Iterate Faster

  • Share Requirements and defects
  • Link developer tasks to user stories
  • Integrate with both Eclipse and Microsoft TFS


Expand Application Lifecycle Management traceability to SCCM tools with HP ALI

  • Expands traceability to actual development tools and adds insight to code changes that are spanned across heterogeneous SSCM tools to gain visibility into the content and the risk of the new code.
  • Allows application teams to make informed decisions with regards to test planning, assigning priorities and understand the change impact of a requirement or a user story based on the risk that is associated with them.
  • Provides governance methods to ensure that unnecessary and unplanned changes won’t find their way to applications since they may impose high risk and result in longer releases cycle and defects in productions.


Partners provide a rich set of integrated solutions, for more information on partners for Quality Center visit the HP Software Partner Directory.

About the Author


Manuel Rubio is the EMEA lead for HP Autonomy's Sales Business Solution and is a member of the EMEA Autonomy Management team. In this role, he is responsible for unlocking the value of Autonomy for HP account teams and clients, driving Autonomy growth across HP Software by leveraging the reach, expertise and client relationships of HP Software.

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