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bbv is the ideal software partner for us:
highly knowledgeable, sharply analytical, and a very efficient implementer.

Istvan Szalai
CEO, Garaventa AG

Our wishes and requirements have been fully met. And our customers now have a highly advanced maintenance tool at their disposal.

Bernd Riedel
Head of Strategy & Marketing, Selectron Systems AG

In the interests of «Making Visions Work», the objective which the bbv Group takes so seriously for its clients, I very gladly offer my personal contribution of expertise in Digital Transformation.

Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman
Prof. in Management at Boston University Questrom School of Business

bbv was an important partner for the introduction of agile methods and automated tests. And the resulting success speaks for itself.

Günther Jakobitsch
Head of IT Solution Line Bahnproduktion, SBB AG

Great commitment and agile project management have enabled a fantastic outcome in terms of schedule adherence and quality of the results. Amazing teamwork - thanks!

Adrian Bünter
Head of Building Automation and Tools, Schindler Aufzüge AG

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bbv is the ideal software partner for us:
highly knowledgeable, sharply analytical, and a very efficient implementer.

Istvan Szalai
CEO, Garaventa AG

Our wishes and requirements have been fully met. And our customers now have a highly advanced maintenance tool at their disposal.

Bernd Riedel
Head of Strategy & Marketing, Selectron Systems AG

In the interests of «Making Visions Work», the objective which the bbv Group takes so seriously for its clients, I very gladly offer my personal contribution of expertise in Digital Transformation.

Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman
Prof. in Management at Boston University Questrom School of Business

bbv was an important partner for the introduction of agile methods and automated tests. And the resulting success speaks for itself.

Günther Jakobitsch
Head of IT Solution Line Bahnproduktion, SBB AG

Great commitment and agile project management have enabled a fantastic outcome in terms of schedule adherence and quality of the results. Amazing teamwork - thanks!

Adrian Bünter
Head of Building Automation and Tools, Schindler Aufzüge AG

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bbv is the ideal software partner for us:
highly knowledgeable, sharply analytical, and a very efficient implementer.

Istvan Szalai
CEO, Garaventa AG

Our wishes and requirements have been fully met. And our customers now have a highly advanced maintenance tool at their disposal.

Bernd Riedel
Head of Strategy & Marketing, Selectron Systems AG

In the interests of «Making Visions Work», the objective which the bbv Group takes so seriously for its clients, I very gladly offer my personal contribution of expertise in Digital Transformation.

Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman
Professor in Management at Boston University Questrom School of Business, author of «The Digital Matrix: New Rules of Business Transformation Through Technology», 2017.

bbv was an important partner for the introduction of agile methods and automated tests. And the resulting success speaks for itself.

Günther Jakobitsch
Head of IT Solution Line Bahnproduktion, SBB AG

Great commitment and agile project management have enabled a fantastic outcome in terms of schedule adherence and quality of the results. Amazing teamwork - thanks!

Adrian Bünter
Head of Building Automation and Tools, Schindler Aufzüge AG

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is the amalgamation of business management and software development. Its aim is to increase productivity, improve the cooperation between all parties involved, and boost quality. Application Lifecycle Management comprises application planning, development, further development and maintenance as well as user support. An important aspect of ALM, above all with regard to the regulator's ever-increasing influence, is comprehensibility and traceabilty, from requirements specification across the entire development process all the way to commissioning.

Application Lifecycle Management means more than merely developing the application; it encompasses a solution’s entire life cycle. When does an application’s life begin? Not only at the development stage, but much earlier, when it is still only a business idea. And when does an application’s life end? Again, it is not at the development stage, but only after the application has been withdrawn from use, which often means many years after its development started.

Strategic Considerations

The many aspects of Application Lifecycle Management necessitate a company-wide strategy. Since there are hardly any company divisions not concerned by ALM, implementing the strategy requires a company-wide solution regarding the deployment of ALM products.

When it comes to using Application Lifecycle Management on software products, the question arises whether open-source or commercial products should be given preference. Another question is whether an integrated solution covers all essential aspects, or if using and integrating individual components may be the better solution. Questions, the answers to which should not be left to chance, and which are of strategic importance.

ALM using Open-Source Products

Users employing open-source products will seek the best application for each respective company division. The advantage of choosing such a “best-of-breed strategy” is having applications that are tailored and that can be adapted exactly to the specific needs of a given department or division. The downsides lie in the considerable expenditure associated with finding and assessing suitable applications, in a heterogeneous IT environment potentially involving systems integration cost (for interfaces linking the applications), and in the cost of maintaining individual subsystems.

Microsoft AND ALM

Microsoft ALM had been unable or unwilling to offer an integrated solution for many years and the stand-alone solutions available were inferior to the competition in many respects.

In the meantime Microsoft has made up considerable ground with the on-premise solution Team Foundation Server. The significance of the collaboration platform increases considerably with TFS as it enables a free-flowing feedback loop between the user and the project team. This allows quicker reaction times and adaptation to customer requirements as they emerge. In addition, a shorter time to market reduces the risk that customer requirements may have changed significantly in the meantime. As an all-in-one solution, TFS includes all the necessary tools for managing a software project efficiently and effectively throughout its life cycle. During TFS’s start phase the system was closed. Using and connecting with tools and plugins of third party providers was difficult.

Microsoft enacted a paradigm shift with VSTS (Visual Studio Team Services). In addition to the fact that VSTS could also be received from the cloud, the ALM product also became more open. Microsoft is focusing increasingly on its own community and open source. The use and integration of its own plugins or those available on the marketplace is fully supported. VSTS can also be used for various platforms and programming languages. These include the Microsoft Azure platform. With the DevOps concept, Microsoft has extended the integration in Azure and renamed VSTS as Azure DevOps.

Microsoft is now market leader with Azure DevOps as a fully integrated ALM solution and it covers the DevOps market requirement.

bbv Software Services:
Your competent ALM Partner…

Your software engineering partner, bbv Software Services AG has extensive experience in evaluating, implementing and employing open-source toolsets for Application Lifecycle Management.

We have enjoyed Gold Partner status in Application Lifecycle Management since 2011 when it was awarded by Microsoft. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, we consistently achieve the highest level of performance for our customers and prove, time and again, our outstanding expertise in Application Lifecycle Management using Microsoft technologies.

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…with Substantial ALM-Know-how

  • Competent guidance in planning and implementing Application Lifecycle Management in your company
  • Consultancy on and assessment of open-source solutions as well as implementation of best-of-breed strategies
  • Microsoft solution installation, configuration and training support
  • Application-driven infrastructure setup and maintenance
  • Construction of an automated Build and Release pipeline
  • Application support (maintenance and care)

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