ALM Expo Explores Apps Lifecycle Trends, Tools

ESBs, SOAs and even traditional next-gen software are all driving IT professionals to get more agile in how they design, build, deploy and maintain their applications. ALM Expo, held May 23-25, is a free online event, will discuss the latest ALM technologies and help devs and CM experts ride the wave of new career opportunities. IDN takes a preview.

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ESBs, SOAs and even traditional next-gen software are all driving IT professionals to get more agile in how they design, build, deploy and maintain their applications.

ALM Expo, held May 23-25, is a free online event, will discuss the latest ALM technologies and help devs and CM experts ride the wave of new career opportunities.

"There really isn't any way anymore to focus on just configuration management," Patrick Egan, ALM Expo's producer told IDN. "So, today, CM is not just version control anymore. It includes the whole lifecycle -- everything from documentation, requirements gathering, implementation build management and change management. So, ALM is a "huge opportunity" for developers, systems managers and other IT staff that are involved in CM."

Among the tracks at ALM Expo are:
  • Agile Business - Software and services to support an agile business
  • AML Best Practices - Discussions on how to best implement ALM Solutions.
  • Tools and Technology - Case studies and panel discussions on the use of today's ALM Tools
  • Road to Quality - Solutions to ensure that you can build deliver quality applications on time
  • Open for Business - A look at how Open Source solutions impact enterprise development. A featured keynote of the Eclipse ALF Project will also be offered. Complimentary ALM Expo registration is available here.
  • ALM Expo "will have a big focus on education to help these IT prof4essionals to get to where they need to be to take advantage of these changes," Egan told IDN. For instance, one of ALM Expo's main themes will be on what Egan calls "small 'a' agile" process and development.

    "Being able to design and deploy agile applications, ones that can change to meet the shifting needs of your business or your boss, is a key IT trend these days, and it is definitely a key theme at ALM Expo," Egan told IDN. "And, we will debunk the myth that you have to be Agile 'big-A-agile' to be an agile developer," Egan said. ALM Expo sessions will focus on how a developer - no matter what his language skill - can achieve a more agile practice."

    ALM Expo Offers Tips on Being Agile
    The real key to being small-a-agile, Egan said, is being able to have a real nimble development process.

    "When you have processes and tools that let you take advantage of requirements and existing development [resources], but not force a huge change in the development cycle, then you have an agile process."

    And because it can be tricky to become agile without disrupting your existing processes, people or applications, Egan has taken on that challenge for ALM Expo's presentations. "With ALM Expo, we intend to show devs the ways to achieve agility without disrupting what they have today."

    Speakers at ALM Expo include Liz Barnett, Editor of the Agile Journal and former Forrester analyst, Eclipse ALF Evangelist and Serena software VP Kevin Parker, Charles Stack, CEO of Flashline, Wayne Ariola, VP Corporate Development of Parasoft, Mark Wesker, CEO of Artifact, Mike Willey, Scott Barber, Alan Koch, Mario Moreira, Steve Berczuk and Uttam Narsu, SCM expert and former Forrester analyst.

    Sign up for your free ALM Expo online pass here.



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