ALM Expo Explores Next-Gen Java, .NET Tools
Application lifecycle management is undergoing be changes as governance, compliance and more frequent change management requests flood IT staff. Java and .NET enterprise devs will get an upfront look at the latest ALM tools and roadmaps from Computer Associates, Borland, Forrester Research and others at ALM Expo a unique, and free, online virtual tradeshow in mid-September.
Application lifecycle management (ALM) is undergoing be changes as governance, compliance and more frequent change management requests flood IT staff. Java and .NET enterprise devs will get an upfront look at the latest ALM tools and roadmaps from Computer Associates, Borland, Forrester Research and others at ALM Expo a unique, and free, online virtual tradeshow in mid-September.
ALM Expo 2005, a no-cost 2-day online event, will feature discussions, predictions and demos. The goal of AML Expo is to share views, trends and technology demos on how Java/.NET enterprise devs can better cope with new demands in the ALM sector.
The ALM Expo, to be held September 14-15, is produced by CM Crossroads the Internet's largest online community and resource center for configuration management. To register free, go to ALM Expo
CA's View of Shifting ALM Demands
-- and How To Help Devs Meet Them
"Of course, ALM is an established market. But, there the need for corporate execs to cope with new compliance and governance issues, such as Sarbanes-Oxley, is making ALM activities more important, and this new focus us changing how IT execs and even individual developers need to think of ALM," said Melissa Borza, director of product management for Computer Associates enterprise change management tools (within CA's new the Business Service Optimization business unit).
"As corporate execs need to cope with new governance and compliance issues, we see that IT needs to look at ALM from the broadest perspective -- from a service desk all the way through deploying the change to the target environment," Borza added. "We find that [developer shops] just can't just stop at the build [phase] and run the unit test and pass it over the wall, anymore."
The result, Borza said, is that today for many companies ALM Best Practices now include new methodologies for helping IT deliver (and ensure) tighter audit and compliance methodologies to protect the integrity of key business assets - its applications and data.
How "Process" is Changing ALM -
For Vendors and Developers
So how is this increase attention to "process" affecting vendors - and IT staff?
At CA, Borza told IDN the company is enhancing its Endevor or Harvest offerings to be more process-aware, without disrupting the developer's life too much.
"Our approach is not twist the developer to make them an animal that they are never going to be. We want to leverage the fact they are domain experts in what they do, so our approach is to make sure our products work where they are and bubble up the information that needs to be bubbled up there," Borza said. "They can work and live in whatever their dev environment is, but still be plugged into the process engine, workflow and approvals notifications that need to happen at the next level.
Rather than take a heavy-weight framework approach, CA has made these new BSO-enriched Endevor and Harvest tools as plug-ins to popular dev environments, including Visual Studio.NET, Eclipse and JBuilder. "We've geared our solution to help developers be more effective at their job without feeling the overkill of process.
Education is Key -- Inside ALM Expo 2005
ALM Expo 2005 will bring together all the elements of a traditional trade show event online, including exhibits, conference sessions, panel discussions and even a keynote presentation by Forrester Research.
The ALM Expo 2005 event is also designed to be highly interactive, enabling online attendees to send questions to presenters via an "Instant Message" like feature, and even locate and speak with fellow online attendees via chat, IM or email.
The event is designed for professionals working in all aspects of appdev, including design, development, testing/debugging, change/configuration management and QA.
"Two things came to mind when we first thought about pulling this event together," said Patrick Egan, Editor and Founder of CM Crossroads. "First, live events have gotten to the point where lead generation is more important than education. So, when a developer or technical [IT] person goes into a show booth he's more likely to just have his badge scanned than get any real technical information about a product." Egan wants to bring the focus back onto education. "Second, an online event enables participation on a global scale to people either unable or unwilling to travel."
"We're seeing that the enterprise IT professionals - who have been responsible for configuration management for many years are now realizing that they can play an important role in ALM," Egan said. "
ALM Expo Offers Tools Demo
ALM Expo attendees will get a up-close view of CA's approach to process-enhanced ALM with demos and a bit of a previews roadmap. CA has created a new Business Service Optimization (BSO) unit. BSO will deliver a "next tier of ALM solutions" that ties together traditional change management with new tools for process and policy governance and/or compliance, Borza said.
Through BSO's offerings, which are based on CA's long-standing Endevor and Harvester offerings, CA is bringing together change, configuration and release management, and includes components for: (a) software versioning and change tracking, (b) asset and software configuration management, (c) software delivery, (d) portfolio management, and (e) incident management.
AML Expo is all about providing attendees with information and deep-down technical information for how ALM is changing to adapt to needs of the whole applications lifecycle," Egan said. "We can take [CM's] well-understood process control and auditability processes and extend those out to the entire application development lifecycle end-to-end."
You can check out the speakers, topics and get a free registration at www.almexpo.com.