By Lauren Fritsky
As Peter Wilson, Datacom’s Managing Director of Systems for Australia and Asia, mentioned in a recent blog post, building customer-facing software applications that clearly drive revenue is a way to enable more strategic IT. In an increasingly complex IT atmosphere in which collaboration across teams and clients is more prevalent, this can be easier said than done. One way enterprises can better monitor all phases of application development across locations is through application lifecycle management (ALM).
What Application Lifecycle Management Is
Application lifecycle management typically involves all the tasks involved in the development through to delivery of custom software applications. This includes workflow, data sharing, measurement and reporting across tools and processes. ALM can be especially helpful when it involves more than one delivery platform or pool of resources, such as when development teams are scattered across the country or the world. A mapped-out process gives better visibility around fragmented parts of the application development schedule that straddle various projects, but need to synch up at certain points to address multi-enterprise needs.
Datacom has its own application development team that can help create and manage software for the enterprise, integrate business applications and extend enterprise apps to mobile devices. We have experience building and operating customer-facing, revenue-generating software, including industry-targeted bespoke applications for the web and mobile.
Where Application Lifecycle Management Helps
Having a streamlined workflow process for developing software applications means the enterprise can track each phase and note which employee completed which task or edited a part of the application. If development teams are located in multiple locations, this reduces the risk of overlapping processes or having to rework part of the application, an inevitable cost savings for the business; bridging global teams also enables better collaboration. In addition, ALM helps the business better control the speed of delivery, as it can account for setbacks or delays in each phase of the development process.
How Application Lifecycle Management is Changing
A recent Ovum report is quick to point out that the latest application lifecycle management solutions do more than just track software application development from birth to delivery. These newer ALM offerings monitor application performance, security and the gap between development and operations and are increasingly becoming available through Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud platform delivery methods.
Another key area of rapid evolvement is mobile software development, particularly as Bring Your Own Device increases the use of smartphones and tablets in the workplace. Mobile device application development and enabling enterprise applications on mobile devices may require a different set of ALM tools that addresses the end user’s separate experience and behaviour on such devices. The latest ALM solutions can offer software development, device integration and field service support for enterprises that want to take their applications into the mobile realm.
Datacom relies on proven software development methodologies to manage the challenges around creating bespoke applications that range in maturity, delivery method and project schedules. Our team will conduct a readiness assessment to determine your business needs, use a multi-phase approach to ensure customer satisfaction and employ an agile, collaborative process to support change throughout the development lifecycle. We can also help deploy applications to tablets or laptops or deliver mobile apps to a mobile browser.