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What Is Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)?

ALM is a very broad term that reflects a change in attitude towards software development that is also expressed in the term DevOps.

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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, there are relentless demands for efficiency and rigorous compliance mandates. Mastering change is a strategic imperative so why is it so difficult for businesses to manage change. Because change is accompanied by many challenges, competitive threats, and implementing best practices. 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).

Application lifecycle management (ALM) is the supervision of a software application from its initial planning through retirement. 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—bugs that you need to fix and 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

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 becomes project portfolio management. Once the app is deployed, in most organizations, it is subject to what’s become known as application portfolio management. This process allows for keeping track of all of your apps while making decisions about which ones get what resources for updating and so on... and ultimately for making the final decision when to pull the plug on this app. Governance runs throughout the entire ALM cycle.


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.

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