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Many companies are frustrated by the lack of visibility into their overall application development process. In other words, they don’t have enough “app vision.” But it’s not that easy to get it. The bigger the IT organization, the more likely they have multiple stakeholders, tools, platforms, and processes.   After talking to many of our customers, we compiled the top 5 tips for achieving app vision.

  1. Integrate existing lifecycle tool investments within an automated SDLC. You need to have a standard development process that helps you understand what’s going on. But it also needs to be flexible enough to have localized processes and different tools “plug in”



stethoscopeI’ve been on the road meeting and talking to Serena customers.  It’s always great to get first-hand feedback from actual users of our solutions.  What’s even better is when you find out how we’ve helped a customer solve some major application development challenges.  I recently visited one of the largest healthcare companies in the United States.  Their business is to work with their customer base of corporations, consumers, pharmacists and nurses and help them manage billions of prescriptions, medical claims and clinical visits each year.  You can only imagine how robust





Forrester logoHow would you rate your company’s release management process?  Are you in need of ideas to improve release flow and drive efficiency?  Do you want more release visibility and speed?  If you’re nodding your head, then keep reading.  Serena recently hosted a webinar entitled Five Ways to Streamline Release Management.  We featured independent research firm Forrester Research, Inc. principal analyst Jeffrey S. Hammond, who is a leading



In my last post I started to look at the “how” of orchestrating application delivery, specifically macro and micro processes.  Here, I’ll continue on with tools, integrations, interfaces and reports.

Tools
As we have seen, every application development group has a huge extant investment in technologies to support their efforts. Ripping them out and replacing them with something generic, but integrated, is not the answer.

We need to step up our requirements in the identification and selection of tools for application development. In fact, I



MaestroSo we have looked at “why” and we have looked at “what”. Now, Mr. Kipling, we need to look at how.

You can refresh your memory by reading my previous posts on Orchestrating Application Delivery:

We will look at the “how” in several parts:

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Serena was a sponsor at the Gartner AADI Summit, where we took a survey of over a hundred Application Development (AD) and IT managers and professionals. I posted about the top AD priorities before. Now we look at the most important initiatives.

89% of the respondents rated all of the options “important.” But what was the most important?

Managing application as a business process wins out. 75% rated it very important or extremely important. 28% rate it extremely important.

The graph below shows the different initiatives and how people rated

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We reviewed the first common myth in the development community.  Here’s a look at the second one and a possible solution. 

One-size-fits-all fits me

So enter the one-size-fits-all (OSFA), one-stop-shop, everything-you-wanted-all-in-one-place tools. These tools try to provide an end-to-end solution that does facilitate the support of the whole lifecycle. The problem is that these tools come from vendors who have to reach a mass audience and so they develop very generic solutions that are entirely agnostic as to your role in the SDLC, your organization’s domain or methodology, best practices, policies and procedures. The big selling point for them is often their



D  My Documents Corporate Blog Images conductress resized 600So we have seen that the CIO is starved of data. But let’s take a closer look at what is going on in the development community by looking at two common myths:

Best-in-class is best

Each part of the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) is a silo. No matter your role, whether an architect, designer, developer, tester, release engineer or whatever you are blessed with incredibly good technology tools to support your ability to conceive and deliver your part of the



What does SD Times think are the three top stories of the year for ALM? 

Agile is clearly important. And companies are moving to cloud-based solutions. But, SD Times lists Serena’s Orchestrated ALM Vision as the third big story.

Excerpts from the article:

Recognizing that stakeholders and customers are now more involved with projects than ever before, Serena thinks of release management as a process issue, which became the origin of its “Orchestrated ALM” vision.  

The new vision’s solutions include change management and version control, requirements and

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