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What is Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)


Change is pervasive in competitive markets. In business we talk about the value of change, the necessity of change and driving the change. In an age of global distributed enterprise, relentless demands for efficiency and rigorous compliance mandates. Mastering change is strategic imperative so why is it so difficult for businesses to manage change. Because change is accompanied by many challenges, competitive threats, best practices implementation. Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and DevOps solutions automate the entire process around software delivery and change management. You can also visit Visual Studio website to have a deeper insight of DevOps and Application Lifecycle Management (ALM).

0-Application Lifecycle Management Continuously Deliver

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What is Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)

Application lifecycle management (ALM) is the supervision of a software application from its initial planning through retirement. It is a help to get everything you need in one solution. with agile planning, source code control build test and automated release to have regular integration, testing, delivery and monitoring of your application. It supports all famous test frameworks, such as Junit, Selenium, Jasmine, xUnit and Mochat. So that you are able to test any of the project types along the way with the deployment. It also refers to how changes to an application are documented and tracked. As you are building software iteratively you are getting continuous feedback that is going to flow back into the development team and give you insights into what you can make better in the next iteration or bugs that you need to fix. New features that you might need to add. A much better way, a more accurate a clear way to think about ALM is to view it as having four-parts: 1. Plan 2. Develop + Test 3. Release 4. Monitor + Learn

Application Lifecycle Management

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This phases of software development are used for quite some time. In every case you need first to plan, develop and test, release and after that to monitor and learn. The change DevOps is including every involved member and how the team is working together in the whole process of software development. In the release phase the are different steps that are implemented, but not necessary all those steps are implemented in all cases. In Automated functional testing phase the unit is testing different components in the build process. Which means that different components need to come together and to make sure that they work together well. Cloud Load Testing allows you to test product before the product actually goes into production to know that the code can handle the load.

1-Release phase of Application Lifecycle Management

The first thing that happens after the idea is typically business case development and its planning. An organization must decide whether an app is worth creating. At some point a decision is made to approve the project. Development kicks off then and governance become project portfolio management. Once the app is deployed in most organizations it is subject to what’s become known as application portfolio management. The process of keeping track of all of your apps making decisions about which ones get what resources for update and so on and ultimately for making the final decision when to pull the plug on this app. Governance, making decisions runs throughout the entire ALM cycle.

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ALM is a very broad term that reflects a change in attitude towards software development that is also expressed in the term DevOps. There are many ALM tools available for tracking application changes. These range from dedicated ALM products that monitor an application from inception to completion. Automatically sorting files into logical buckets as changes are noted. To simple wikis that require team members to record changes manually.

If you would like to know more about Azure deployments, have a look at the post How to deploy to Azure using Team Services Release Management. The post describes how Azure deployments are made easy by using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) Release Management. You will see a step-by-step tutorial on how to configure and deploy to Azure in Release Management. And moreover how to configure an end-to-end pipeline for deploying applications on Azure.

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