ALM CONNECT EXECUTIVE
VDC was excited to attend the ALM Connect Executive Day, which
was run in parallel to EclipseCon 2013 in Boston this week. The objective of the
executive day, to provide a platform for software delivery executives to
discuss modern ALM practices in the context of business problems, is tightly aligned
to our Software & System Lifecycle Management Tools research.
The day brought together leaders from ALM suppliers, ISVs
and consulting firms to discuss how ALM is evolving in response to the changing
software delivery environment. The M2M Embedded Software team investigates many
of the same questions ALM Connect aimed to answer such as:
- How does ALM work in the world shifting from
'Systems of Record' to systems of engagement?
- How does SaaS, Mobile and open source change
- What does Agile mean to ALM?
- What does complex sourcing do to ALM?
Among the ALM Connect
Executive Day highlights:
“What ALM knowledge you can expect
from Computer Science Graduates” with Gary Pollice, Professor of
Practice, WPI Computer Science Department. A great description about what you
should look for in a recent computer science graduate and, more importantly,
“Managing Complex Supply Chains with ALM” with Mik Kersten,
CEO, Tasktop. Mik demonstrated how Tasktop is helping large corporations work
through the mess they’ve made of their development lifecycle through piecemeal
tool adoption at team levels, corporate expansion, mergers and other realities
of business as usual.
“Scrum - Success Ends with
Middle Management” with Ken Schwaber, the Co-creator of Scrum and CEO of
Scrum.org. Ken stressed the importance of individuals and interactions over
processes and tools as organizations look to create more agility. Also
presented was the “Agility Index”, a means to track progress towards of process
“Future of ALM Panel” with Sam Guckenheimer, MS Visual Studio; Jeffery
Hammond, Forrester Research; Raziel Tabib, HP; Mik Kersten, Tasktop; Mike
O'Rourke, IBM Rational. The panel gave us a lively discussion on a number of
topics including developer resistance to change, estimates on the enterprise
ALM market size, and ongoing heterogeneity and integration challenges of ALM.
More information on ALM Connect Executive Day can be found
We also made time to visit some booths and sit in on a few
presentations of EclipseCon.
The focus of the open source Eclipse community is software
development tools as well as the intersection of tools, process, and new
business models. As more and more organizations view their ability to
manufacture software as a competitive advantage, ALM is becoming a vital business
Among the EclipseCon highlights:
CollabNet’s Laszlo Szalvay presentation, "Making
Agile ALM Work in Regulated Industries”: The discussion focused on some of the
uncertainty towards Agile that remains in highly regulated industries such as
Finance, Telecommunications, Pharmaceuticals and Government. VDC sees the same
concerns about control and increased developer autonomy in the embedded
industry. Likewise, we share the opinion that Agile can succeed in these
industries with the use of the right processes and tools.
The session entitled, “High Quality Agile - Incorporating Quality
into Your Agile Process and Organization Means Working Faster and Smarter,”
by Lorinda Brandon of SmartBear Software. Lorinda outlined some best practices
for maintaining high quality as an organization moves towards a continuous software
delivery business model.
More information on EclipseCon 2013 Boston can be found
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VDC Research Group (VDC) provides market research and
advisory services to the world's top technology executives. Our clients rely on
us to provide actionable insights to support their most important strategic
decisions. The firm is organized around four practices, each with its own
focused area of coverage including: automatic identification and data
collection, embedded hardware, embedded software and enterprise mobility.
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