The ALM track kick started with an overview of IBM Rational's CLM (Collaborative Lifycycle Management) release. The speaker pointed out the 5 imperatives of ALM - Real time plans, lifecycle traceability,incontext collaboration,development intelligence,continuous improvement with CLM and showed how the CLM solution adds value in all of these areas. There's a lot of focus on end to end lifecycle management in a way which is not just transparent and traceable but also tied to a central plan and a process that all team members adhere to. The CLM solution's excellent reporting capabilities give an edge to the project management in terms of not just who's doing what, load balancing, resource management, etc but also in continually improving the process across milestones, releases, etc.
The speaker illustrated how using the CLM solution, Rational products have reduced the turnaround or the boardroom to market time for products, making sure that a technology/soltuion does not get out of date or lose out vis-a-vis competitors by the team it is released. The number of defects towards the end of the lifecycle can also be effectively tracked using CLM, thus improving the overall quality of the product and driving client satisfaction.
The Kickoff surely laid a solid ground and created some good interest for the sessions to come in the ALM track. Watch this space for more. Visit jazz.net for more on CLM.