Is building custom software a necessary evil, a process that’s divorced from the really important parts of a business? Or is the ability to do this well the underpinning of every successful organization? The truth is probably somewhere in between these two extremes. One thing is clear, however: In many organizations, how well a firm executes its business strategies is inextricably tied to how good it is at creating and running new applications.
Being better than your competitors at creating and using custom software can bring substantial competitive advantage. Similarly, being worse can put you at a significant disadvantage. If your organization doesn’t see ALM as one of its most important business processes, it’s time to change that view.
This is an important moment in the evolution of development tools. Since team development tools are now focusing on the right problem, they have more to offer than they did ten years ago. Organizations doing team-based development—a category that includes almost everybody—can benefit from taking another look at this style of tool. Learn more today!
Today’s economic climate presents challenges in achieving business differentiation. Investing in innovation during an economic downturn may seem counterintuitive at first, but it can help companies pull ahead of the competition by displaying a show of strength in a climate of weakness. The Microsoft® Application Platform can help organizations do more with less, enabling them to more quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively deliver custom solutions that provide strong business value.
ALM is much more than just writing code. All three aspects—governance, development, and operations are important. Maximizing the value of the applications we create means doing all three aspects of ALM well. Achieving this goal isn’t easy, especially when today’s ALM tools aren’t as well integrated as they could be. Yet there’s no way around it: Taking a broad, holistic view of ALM is essential for improving this critical business process.
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