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Application Lifecycle ManagementToday I had the good fortune to meet with Ashley Owen.  As part of the Serena product team that directs and develops our Orchestrated ALM product solutions, he is ideally placed to define the “Orchestrating the Entire Application Lifecycle” track content for xChange, Serena’s annual user conference from September 19-21, 2011.  Here is how our conversation went.

KP: This is a pretty big track; it covers the entire lifecycle from demand to development to



Today, Serena announced the availability of Serena Dimensions CM 12, the newest and most powerful version of our software change and configuration management (SCCM) solution. Over the years, Dimensions CM has earned a reputation for being one of the fastest integrated ALM solutions on the market and has helped thousands of customers increase development efficiencies, lower development costs and risks and ensure compliance to standards. The new version builds on these merits, providing release managers with dramatically improved processes around release management in the convenience of a single console for viewing, scheduling and executing release deployments and rollbacks.

While releasing applications into



Most organizations figured out a long time ago that instilling some level of governance and control over application source code (your business applications running on the mainframe) was a very good idea. This governance:

  • Saves costs, drives revenue and mitigates risk.
  • Provides traceability for changes.
  • Moves artifacts through a lifecycle of structure and rigor.
  • And most importantly – it protects production.

Yet as sound as this is, I’m amazed at how the other half of the mainframe is open and unprotected.   By and large, most firms don’t have any change governance in place against the system software (the software that’s running your