Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is a continuous process of managing the life of a software application from concept to delivery throughout the entire development process.
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Like Human life; An Application’s Life cycle is demarcated by significant events. It begins with an idea: Why don’t we build something that does this? Once the application is created, the next big event is deployment when the application goes into production. And finally, when it no longer has business value the application reaches end of life and is removed from the service.
We at Lai believe that there are three very distinct aspects to Application Lifecycle Management they being Governance, Development and Operations.
- Governance is a very important aspect of Application Lifecycle Management as it encompasses all the decision making and Project Management aspects of the application. The first step in Application Life Cycle Management (ALM) in Governance is business case development. Once the business case is approved, application development starts, and governance is now implemented through Project Portfolio Management (PPM) because once the completed application is deployed, it becomes part of the organization’s portfolio of applications. An application is an asset like any other, and the organization needs an ongoing understanding of its benefits and costs application Project Portfolio Management (PPM) provides Governance for the deployed application, addressing things such as when updates and larger revisions make good business sense. Governance is the only thing that extends throughout the entire Application Lifecycle Management time span. In many ways, it’s the most important aspect of Application Life Cycle Management (ALM).Get it wrong and you won’t come close to maximizing the application’s business value.
- Equating Application Lifecycle Management with Software Development process is not accurate development certainly is a fundamental part of every custom application’s lifecycle. Development is the process of actually creating the application, software development is a series of iterations within different components of Software Development Lifecycle Management between an Idea and deployment once the SDLC process for version 1 of the application is complete, and the application is deployed. For most Applications, however, deployment doesn’t mark the end of development. Instead, the application needs periodic updates, for some applications, the money spent on these updates and new versions can exceed the cost of the original development by significant amounts.
- Every deployed application must be monitored and managed Operations is the work required to run and manage the application, typically begins shortly before deployment, then runs continuously until the application is removed from the service As with Governance, the Operations line is intimately connected to the Development line. For example, planning for deployment likely begins shortly before the application is completed, and the act of deployment itself is a fundamental part of operations. Once the application is deployed, it must be monitored throughout its lifetime.
At Lai we know the three aspects of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Governance, Development, and Operations are tightly connected to one another. Doing all three well is a requirement for any organization that aspires to maximize the business value of custom software. But this isn’t an easy goal to achieve. Each of the three is challenging to get right on its own, and so getting the combination right is even more challenging.