Good news again and confirmation that Microsoft toolset is the best candidate to support your ALM needs (ALM  - Application Lifecycle Management)

why ALM ? (or ADLM for Application Development lifecycle management)

Time-to-market pressure is driving the application development life cycle management market to evolve and expand. This research evaluates leading ADLM providers to help application development and IT managers select appropriate technology partners that drive quality and productivity.

The application development life cycle management (ADLM) tool market is focused on the planning and governance activities of the software development life cycle (SDLC). ADLM products are focused on the "development" portion of an application's life, with the term ADLM evolving from the term application life cycle management (ALM).

Key elements of an ADLM solution include:

  • Software requirements definition and management
  • Software change and configuration management
  • Software project planning, with a current focus on agile planning
  • Work item management
  • Quality management, including defect management

In addition, other key capabilities include:

  • Reporting
  • Workflow
  • Integration to version management
  • Support for wikis and collaboration
  • Strong facilities for integration to other ADLM tools

 

Figure 1. Magic Quadrant for Application Development Life Cycle Management

Figure 1.Magic Quadrant for Application Development Life Cycle Management

 

Source: Gartner (November 2013)

While this report is based on the valuable ADLM toolset we’ve delivered in Visual Studio 2012 and TFService, we’ve already raised the bar further through the delivery of Visual Studio 2013 and a suite of hosted tools in Visual Studio Online and we’ll continue to update these tools on an ongoing basis.

To my personal opinion, IBM is trying to follow with many challenges around product directions and integration (not mentioning administration and cost).
HP is losing grip, moving down to the “challenger” position with negative comments from Gartner even on their testing capabilities “However, we are concerned about its ability to keep pace in a rapidly changing test and quality market, while also trying to broaden into so many fields.”

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Jihad Dannawi

ALM solution specialist    |   Microsoft Gulf

' +971 52 908 7952 * jihadda@microsoft.com