HP this week introduced HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) 11, a system designed to unite and automate the critical activities of modernization applications.

“We’ve converged our core product sets into a single unified system,” said Mark Sarbiewski, VP of products, HP. “It brings together applications for requirements management, test management, defect management and performance testing all into one single system. We have new integrations with that system to the developer tools that most enterprises have, such as Microsoft Visual Studio, CollabNet TeamForge, the Eclipse Framework, and we even have integrations for SAP Solution Manager.”

The integrations to developer tools is of interest to Genworth Financial, which currently uses HP’s Quality Center Premier and Performance Center. Genworth’s business analysts and QA uses Quality Center Premier, but the developers do not.

“Today, the developers don’t use Quality Center,” said Tim Perry, CTO, Retirement and Protection, Genworth Financial. “They live in their IDEs and their development environments, and they have their separate work management tools. This is the first time we can have the ability to move them to Quality Center use the integrated development environment or build a bridge between Quality Center and their current tracking tools. Regardless, it’s going to make the developers a living, breathing part of the process.”

According to HP, benefits include:

• HP ALM 11 Project Planning and Tracking establishes release criteria and manages milestones throughout the process based on real-time visibility into release progress and readiness

• Three-way traceability between requirements, development and quality artifacts for rapid, team-wide analysis and execution of application changes

• Flexible methodology support to optimize delivery approach by project type—waterfall, custom, Agile—with HP Agile Accelerator 4.0 available in a complimentary basic edition or advanced edition for a fee

• Lower enterprise risk from application failures due to functional, performance and security defects in composite and rich Internet applications

• Reduced costs and delivery time with easy discovery, re-use and sharing of critical application artifacts, including requirements, tests and defects

HP ALM also provides the foundation for the new versions of HP Quality Center and HP Performance Center 11.0. These solutions help simplify and automate application quality and performance validation to lower operational costs, freeing up resources for new applications and services. Benefits include:

• Accelerated application deployment by automating manual testing activities such as setting up data and manually driving repetitive tasks across multiple environments with HP Sprinter

• Improved test creation with HP TruClient, part of HP LoadRunner 11.0, which tests an application’s performance without the need for time-consuming scripting

• Reduction of an application’s functional defects for both GUI and non-GUI testing with a single automated solution for composite applications with the HP Unified Functional Testing 11.0—a combination of HP Functional Test and HP Service Test 11.

This article first appeared on Insurance Networking News' web site.


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