What is ALM and PPM, and which tools can help me?

ALM basically deals with the entire aspect of developing, delivering and managing changes to software applications including all the process and governance aspects of performing these functions from managing requirements, coding, testing, storing and controlling the code and releasing it to the users and managing issues and changes after the release.  It has also been known as SDLC – Software Development Lifecycle.  However, SLDC can be described as a subset of ALM now as ALM includes functions beyond just development of software.  So, simply put, ALM deals with all the technical aspects of developing and managing software applications.

Kovair Integrated ALM

PPM – Portfolio and Project Management on the other hand deals with all the non-technical aspects of software or any other development or delivery undertaking with respect to their management.  Kovair PPM can manage an entire portfolio of business for a company or department and then subdivide that into programs and further down into individual projects.  These management functions include planning, reviewing and approval of those plans (or orders from customers), determining resources and allocating them to the projects, tracking and managing their utilization and collecting the costs, managing schedules through Gant and PERT Charts or other tools and managing budgets and actuals and delivery schedules both from a macro and micro levels.  These are carried out through proper reports and dashboards from real time data in the PPM Solution.

Are you currently working on a project and would you like to know how these solutions can benefit you? Take a look at our ALM/PPM/DevOps tools for more information.

This post was written by Bipin A. Shah, Chairman and CEO of Kovair Software.