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Press Release Category Computers - Software Development - MediaDev Release Date: April 05, 2005

Strong demand for integrated ALM tools, study reveals

By MediaDev
April 05, 2005
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This study gives a unique overview of the ALM Market, the ALM tools available as well as market predictions for 2005.

PR9.NET April 05, 2005 - London, UK - This study gives a unique overview of the ALM Market, the ALM tools available as well as market predictions for 2005.

ALM Specification

The ALM market can be divided into several sections depending on the specific area the ALM software vendor is specialised in. However, many companies offer a combination of ALM-tools, as the usages of integrated ALM tools have become more popular amongst ISVs (Independent Software Vendors).

ALM tools:

- Debug and Testing
- Modelling Software
- Collaboration
- Installation-authoring tools
- Deployment and Management
- Configuration management software
- Database and Application Server
- Integrated Development Environment
- Components & software

Growth and Consolidation

The past twelve months have seen growth and consolidation for the ALM industry. 2004 saw the re-emergence of ALM providers due to high profile acquisitions, as well as tighter collaboration amongst the well-established vendors in the market.

Consequently, it can be predicted that 2005 will be a successful year for the ALM vendors with expectancy of robust growth. One indication for the sustained growth is the need for improved software development team productivity, which in turn drives the demand for ALM tools.

This can be seen in relation to the difficulties that the ALM market experienced earlier with too many ISVs investing enormously in their data warehouse, without being conscious of the possibilities offered by the systems of management of configuration and Application lifecycle management. However, this trend has now turned and the ALM industry is again experiencing consolidation and growth.

Demand for integrated ALM tools

Nowadays, the small and medium sized ALM players have responded to the increase in demand for ALM tools by adding value to their ALM offerings. As such, many ALM vendors have introduced additional functions and have integrated their tools and technologies.

Operating in a highly competitive industry, software developers and ISVs rely heavily on tools and services supplied by ALM providers; and as application development continues to focus on meeting market demands for greater flexibility and low cost, the use of integrated ALM tools is becoming increasing popular.

However, development needs are constantly changing and the emphasis is shifting towards fast development, tighter integration and software that offer a high return on investment. Better control of application development, repeatability and predictability of the development process has also become an essential factor.

Consequently, we have seen an increased emphasis on the management of the whole application development lifecycle. The ability to model, test, version, configure, deploy and manage software efficiently and accurately has increased accordingly.

To get an in-depth overview of the ALM vendors in the market, please visit MediaDev’s ALM GUIDE on

This online guide contains solutions and services from 200 ALM providers across EMEA. If you are looking to implement any ALM offerings or if you are just interested in the ALM market, the web site is the definitive resource for Software Development decision makers across EMEA.

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