A high quality application life cycle management system is critically important in the success of a business. So why do we see more and more vendors falling short when it comes to updates and improvements?

An ALM system is an asset for developers and software companies. High preforming IT organizations become successful by staying ahead of the game. By using strategic technology and best practices they ensure high quality products on time and on budget while staying compliant.

Without these traits, successful companies would become fish food for their competitors. In order for ALM vendors to properly support their clients they need to stay on top of platform enhancements, new languages, new devices, mobile requirements, changing compliance rules and real-time everything. Making the switch to a modern ALM solution is a must for long term survival, so what’s the dilemma for most development leaders?

Surprisingly, there are a few reasons that development leaders shy away from modern ALM, but the cost of doing nothing is much higher than they think.

A new ALM solution would be too expensive

Many would say that switching to better vendor or a modern solution would be too expensive. But if your vendor isn’t giving you product enhancements, platform updates etc., you could be paying the price of being left behind.

According to recent research, 84% of IT projects are late or over budget, 31% are cancelled before completion and that completed projects on average only deliver 42% of the anticipated benefits.

A modern ALM system is a must have for developers, without up to date functionality and access to current tools your company could see profit margins that suffer. When it comes to compliance, without an automated system, the IT team will have to spend valuable time on compliance related activities. The R&D department at your vendor should be vigilant about addressing new industry trends as well as listening to and implementing the customer requests.

Giving the user the upper hand is easy with integrated tools and features like built in compliance reporting templates and compatibility and remote access with mobile devices. The right ALM solution will also provide tools such as dashboards, real-time reports and analytics to keep both the management and the user up to date. While the cost of a new ALM solution isn’t cheap, the cost of doing nothing has a bigger impact. Whether it’s not meeting app release dates, lost opportunities, painful audit processes or lost hours spent on compliance issues, it’s clear that it quickly takes a toll on the business.

Why fix a solution that’s not broken?

In today’s ever changing business environment good enough is not good enough anymore. Business users want the best and they wanted it yesterday. Development teams are expected to deploy functionality and fixes quickly.

In the sophisticated IT environment database servers, web servers, varied clients and mobile devices are creating complex development and release processes. This is why a modern ALM is a must have solution in order to monitor and orchestrate all the processes and people that have a hand in the application lifecycle.

The ability to bring together systems and workflows, reduce production errors and maximize collaboration gives the user a major advantage. Combined with anywhere mobile access, point and click compliance reports and A to Z process automation it’s a winning decision to upgrade.

In the end the cost of sticking with an outdated ALM system is the inability to take advantage of new technology. You’ll lose staff hours wasted on manual processes, fixing bad code and dealing with the aftermath of coding errors. All of these hang-ups keep your team away from growth based activities and keeps them busy with clean up.

The change will take too much time

The time it takes to get up and running is short if you know how to choose your vendor. The right vendor will provide immediate visibility, coordination and control across distributed systems, teams and tools. It’ll save money to bring teams together to share, communicate, update, warn, etc. about any application projects.

Of course change can be scary and one of the concerns that companies have is the time it takes for staff to become accustom to the new system. A worthwhile vendor will provide the necessary support to get you and your team up to speed and the time invested will pay for itself in the usability gained. Yes, the initial changeover will take some work, but probably less than you think. The benefits are immeasurable when you take into account what your gaining in terms of real-time visibility, flexibility, accuracy and automation.

My ALM system only serves development

Technology is constantly advancing and in order to remain a high performing operation you need to be progressive. If your ALM system is isolated from operation, IT and management you’re missing out on a serious tool.

With an integrated ALM system the user can enjoy real-time control for the development and delivery organization. Whether it’s code, projects, deployment status, workflow, testing, release progress, operations, processes, reports, dashboards or hardware status choosing the right ALM solution will provide instant updates on all of the above.

As DevOps departments evolve, your ALM system needs to serve as the central collaborative space. Giving development teams, operations people, team members, auditors and programmers a real time solution to inter department communications will result in smarter decisions across the board. Again, the losses taken in productivity from less automation, the lack of visibility across the the entire development organization, the inability to support new technology and the problems that arise from not sharing information outweigh the cost of changing systems.

In the end, making the change will actually save you money in the long run because you’ll save time. A modern ALM system will allow departments to communicate changes at every level. The improved visibility increases workflow and gives users advanced capabilities in terms of fast and accurate decision making.


Pete Peranzo

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