I work at Business Development at a Computer Software Company with 10000+ employees.
I've been exploring ALM products (such as Attalssian ALM, JIra, etc.). Which one would you recommend to a large software company? Why?
I appreciate the help.
Regional Manager/ Service Delivery Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Oct 25, 2021
Hi @Tommy_Lee ,
The ALM tools decision will largely depend on the requirements and the capabilities one requires. Had some information's on some information on the tools which i would like to share.Hope this may be of some use to you.
IBM’s Rational offers an ALM suite of products called collaborative lifecycle management, or CLM, that focuses on collaboration. Many large organizations are already using products in this suite, e.g. ClearCase for configuration management. IBM products support both Agile and Waterfall methodologies and integrate with IBM Tivoli to support continuous integration. These features make IBM products a good choice for organizations needing to integrate diverse processes. The product is an older one with a lot of legacy support, but IBM has kept it up-to-date, aligning with ALM emerging trends
• Tracking the assignments (Implementation Work Tickets)
• Legacy software support
•Generally a more expensive solution
•Doesn’t suit smaller companies
HP Application Lifecycle Management
HP developed one of the best ALM tools that emphasize traceability and visibility in its tools. HP’s ALM allows 360-degree links from requirements through defects, and its dashboard provides an easy way to produce effective metrics. HP also provides integrations with most third-party tools, including IBM and Microsoft. Also, HP is offering a software as a service option. Requirements management is known to be one of the stronger sides on HP’s solution. Also, this solution provides a version for mobile devices.
•Release & cycle planning
•Some of the administrative functions could be better
Microsoft’s ALM Suite with Visual Studio
Microsoft’s ALM suite uses Visual Studio, which is one of the most-used integrated development environments in the developer community; therefore, it is likely that large, merged organizations are already using parts of Visual Studio today. Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server (TFS) provides good version control and configuration functionality. Due to the fact that Visual Studio lacks in requirements management, TFS can be easily integrated with HP’s products in order to take advantage of HP’s capabilities in this regard. Microsoft’s ALM suite is a particularly good choice for organizations that use a .NET framework because many .NET developers use Visual Studio and also tend to enjoy using TFS. Our company is a certified Microsoft ALM software provider.
•Reasonable starting costs
•Support for other development platforms
•No licensing model for product owners
•Lacks in requirements management
CA Agile Central
CA Agile Central (formerly Rally ALM) is the top ALM tool for businesses that use Agile methods. Its project management features, including resource planning, are specifically geared to Agile development. It is also a great ALM tool for testing. CA Agile Central provides collaboration functionality through Flowdock, which has chat and email features. Rally is one of the few ALM tools that support the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and provides training and certification in SAFe. Rally Insights Analytics offers Agile-specific metrics, as well as metrics based on the Software Development Performance Index. It provides both on-premises and SaaS options.
•Multiple teams support
•Not cohesive release management
VersionOne is a great solution if you are looking to establish a simple application lifecycle framework. VersionOne was created specifically to accommodate Agile methodology, and it also provides support and training for their clients. Its portfolio management feature was created specifically to accommodate Agile projects, including release and sprint planning, product planning and reporting analytics. VersionOne also offers more than 70 prebuilt integrations with other ALM products to provide a complete ALM solution.
•Issues with regression testing
Atlassian is a great choice for start-ups. It supports both Agile and Waterfall methodologies, and its processes are simple. Its defect tracking tool, JIRA, is open source and provides collaboration tools for requirements (Confluence) for code and repository management (Bitbucket and Stash). It also provides the chat tool, HipChat. Atlassian is a good choice for organizations doing continuous integration and DevOps, and it has strong integration with Git.
•UX issues that may delay the workflow
CollabNet is a great Agile application lifecycle management tool. Its distributed version control system is great for large projects and big enterprises. While not a full-package-solution in itself, CollabNet integrates easily with many widely used open-source tools such as Jenkins or Git. It is also easy-to-use and provides strong training and support.
•Great version control for Agile teams
•Not many products in the stack
•Doesn’t cover every aspect of ALM
Based on the needs and requirements the answer to this question can be varied.
Although Jira in conjunction with other tools like Zephyr, QMetry and others can suffice the needs of a large software company like yours.
Atlassian is the company that provides Jira so it is the same solution and an Agile-friendly solution for your company as it provides segway into newer generation tools and methodologies.
Hope this helps!
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Has anyone tried to integrate Azure DevOps with HP ALM?
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