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Application lifecycle management (ALM) trends

At the Agile 2011 conference, plenty of ALM vendors were available to talk about their latest products and enhancements. Trends in ALM include broadening of ALM, both at the front and back ends of the development lifecycle. On the front end, vendors are including more support for portfolio management and idea management. On the back end, we’re seeing more focus on release management, DevOps, and maintenance. Continuous integration and automation of the release process continue to get attention, and, in fact, SSQ is focusing on continuous integration and automation as our primary content theme for September.

Lean development is also getting a lot of attention, and vendors are looking at including Kanban support as part of their wares.

In the video below, Forrester analyst Dave West speaks about what he sees as ALM trends, including more support for cloud computing and mobile development.

How about you? What enhancements would you like to see from ALM vendors? What trends are you seeing?

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