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Who are the core vendors in ALM?

According to Theresa Lanowitz, founder of IT analyst firm voke inc., the core vendors in the Application Lifecycle Management market are HP, IBM, Microsoft and MKS. That’s not to say there aren’t other vendors that are making strides in ALM. “I see two other types of vendors emerging: vendors with a unique take on the application lifecycle approach and vendors who are delivering tremendous innovation in the application lifecycle with unique product offerings for the dynamic environment that is ALM,” Lanowitz said. Her firm’s research on the ALM marketplace and its players can be found on the voke site’s Lifecycle Transformation page.

I recently moderated a panel discussion on project management challenges and strategies in ALM. Panelists including Lanowitz, Doug Akers of MKS and Richard Knaster of IBM, participated in a panel discussion about project management challenges and strategies in ALM.  We discussed popular vendor tools, as well as concepts and questions, starting with one I’d once blogged about: What’s the definition of ALM? The panel discussion was just one of several sessions that took place on May 19th at’s ALM Virtual Trade Show.

If you missed the live event, don’t despair. The sessions are available on demand for the next few weeks. Tune in to see the following sessions and keynote presentations:

  • Session 1: The Evolving Application Lifecycle – Delivering a Competitive Advantage
  • Keynote: Innovation in a New Economy – The Business Imperative for Intelligent ALM™: Presented by MKS
  • Session 2: Mastering ALM Processes: The Key to Success
  • Keynote: ALM as Seen Through an Agile Lens: Presented by HP
  • Panel Discussion: Project Management Challenges and Strategies in ALM
  • Session 3: Reducing the Cost of Finding and Fixing Defects – Something New, Something Old


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