Ovum names IBM a Leader in Application Lifecycle Management and DevOps Solution

Ovum report reinforces IBM’s leadership in the application lifecycle management marketplace.

By | 3 minute read | July 20, 2019

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Engineers are being driven to develop and deliver ever increasingly complex products. These products are no longer just discrete hardware devices, but are now the marriage of hardware and software. They are products that are constantly connected via the Internet of Things (IoT), and that respond intelligently to their surroundings. To survive, companies have to embrace new engineering models and tools to ensure they can successfully manage costs, quality, time to market, and competitive differentiation. Successful companies are adopting comprehensive, end-to-end engineering lifecycle management processes. I’m proud to announce that Ovum recognized the IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management solution as a leader in their Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting an Application Lifecycle Management and DevOps Solution, 2019-20 report.

Ovum Decision Matrix positions IBM as a leader in Application Lifecycle Management and DevOps Solution

The Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and DevOps Solution, 2019–201 by Michael Azoff compared six leading ALM and DevOps solution providers. The results reinforce IBM’s leadership in the ALM (application lifecycle management) marketplace and our customers’ confidence in the IBM solutions.

The Ovum Decision Matrix report highlighted several key points:

  • IBM has strengths across the range of ALM use cases including advanced engineered products and meeting the needs of Agile and DevOps teams in enterprise IT.
  • Product engineering has a need for in-depth variant management and multiple configurations across requirements, tests, plans, and code. IBM has features to support these, also enabling reuse of assets. Supporting compliance is another strong engineering feature, for example, with link validation.
  • There is a clear understanding of the benefits in spanning the arc of ALM and DevOps deployment, and the ALM and DevOps solutions integrate to share data and provide a complete end-to-end lifecycle view.

Vendors were required to have a set of core capabilities in the ALM space, additional capabilities spanning both engineering manufacturing and enterprise IT environments, and a broad set of DevOps release management capabilities.

The ALM capabilities include:

  • Development process management and integrations
  • ALM for systems engineering
  • Variant and parameter management
  • Change and configuration management
  • Agile project and product management
  • Requirements definition
  • Requirements management
  • QA and test lifecycle management
  • Application security
  • DevOps release management and automation

IBM continues to invest

The Ovum Matrix Decision report stated that “…IBM has no technical weaknesses…1”

IBM continues to invest in our engineering lifecycle management solutions to ensure that we provide the best development management solution. Our customers face challenges of increasing costs, shrinking product lifespans, and growing compliance and regulatory requirements. Focused on helping our customers meet these challenges, IBM continues to expand our vertical solution toolkits, enable leading compliance standards, and enhance our software licensing models. We are also working with leading companies across a variety of industries to enhance our solutions throughput and design a more common UX experience across our portfolio.

Digital transformation of engineering

Many companies embraced digital transformation of their business operations to remain relevant and competitive. Now companies are realizing the second leg of this evolution is to digitally transform their engineering processes. This engineering transformation will be equally challenging, but also as equally rewarding. As engineering data is captured digitally, companies will be able to leverage machine learning and AI, similarly to how they are leveraging their business data. IBM is leading in digital transformation of engineering and has already introduced a Watson AI based tool for better documentation of engineering requirements called Requirements Quality Assistant.

To learn more about digital transformation of engineering read the MIT Technical Review article – Optimizing the engineering life cycle requires digital transformation.

Thanks to our clients and to the IBM Engineering Team. You made the IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management solution a leader in the industry.

I would like to first thank our customers for their confidence in the IBM Engineering solution. Your feedback and willingness to work with us has helped IBM achieve this leadership. Secondly, a thank you to the entire IBM Team for their hard work and dedication in achieving this recognition. You continue to surpass my expectations and I know that this recognition will only further motivate you. I believe that success begets success. So I am confident in telling our clients that IBM will continue to deliver industry leading solutions for product and software development management.

1 Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting an Application Lifecycle Management and DevOps Solution, 2019–201 by Michael Azoff