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HP fuses development management and testing tools

Joab Jackson | Nov. 30, 2010
With the release of HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) 11 package, Hewlett-Packard is hoping to streamline the process of application development, as well as offer managers insight into how their developers are faring on any given project.

ALM software shows the potential to manage work teams, Perry said. The software could be used to assign work to developers or business analysts and measure their activity. "It looks like we'll be able to get that information up to the leadership much more quickly than we have before," he said

Perry also noted that developers had to be nudged to use Quality Center in the past. But the fact that ALM is now integrated with IDEs should make it easier for them to report their progress.

The software can work with a number of different strategies of software development, including the Waterfall model, and Agile programming (with an associated application called HP Agile Accelerator). The software can also accommodate user-crafted custom development strategies as well.

Sarbiewski suggested that the software could be particularly useful in application modernization projects. In a study commissioned by HP, Forrester found that 69 percent of IT decision makers have dedicated 25 percent of their annual IT budgets to application modernization, and 30 percent will dedicate more than 50 percent.

 

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