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Find Application Lifecycle Management perspectives and advice on the Enterprise Business Community for managing the lifecycle of applications from concept to retirement.

ALM 12: Offering the agility of a sportster with the ride and dependability of “beamer”

ALM12.pngImagine you have a car that is agile enough take a hairpin turn at 120 miles an hour. This dream car has leather, fully digital instrument panel and corners without even spilling a drop of coffee. The best part is that the accelerator was only halfway to the floorboard.


Read on to find out how ALM 12 can give that same built-in flexibility without sacrificing any of the luxuries or powers that you come accustomed to.

Quality matters now more than ever

Today’s application organizations are demanding “Faster, faster!” But in a world of instant feedback and heightened expectations, application quality is the difference between customer acclaim and loyalty or irreversible brand damage.  Quality matters just as apps matter, now more than ever and HP, with a 60+ year legacy of quality and testing, is now delivering the next breakthrough in enabling quality for today’s style of IT with Apps 12. 


Keep reading to learn how our investment in quality and application delivery will enable achieving that elusive balance between unprecedented velocity (of app delivery) with uncompromised quality.

Announcing Apps 12! Now you can balance unprecedented velocity and uncompromised quality

sizzlevideopic.pngNow playing at an application project near you:  AppMatters with HP Apps 12, helps world-wide teams deliver applications that shift you into overdrive-- launching business innovation faster than ever before with remarkable quality.  Learn more about this watershed release below.

Unprecedented Velocity, Unsurpassed Quality—HP ALM

Imagine the possibilities.jpgI have seen the newest version of HP Application Lifecycle Management, and I promise that you will be excited to see how we have improved your favorite software.


Keep reading to find out what this latest version holds for you.

No app is an island – why integration is key in managing large scale projects

TomC.pngWithin IT, it is crucial that applications are connected and communicating.  If they are not connected, they quickly become siloed and inefficient.

With large projects this is especially true. Keep reading to find out how a single source of information can enable your organization to easily accomplish your goals.  

’Beyond ALM 11’ or ‘Brian: A Return to the Blogosphere’

palagyi in israel.jpgNew versions of products coming out, organizations looking beyond just quality assurance... everyone is growing up so fast <tear>. I admit I have been away, but it was for good reason. 


I have just returned from Israel learning about the secrets of the new version of Application Lifecycle Management. Keep reading to see what morsels I can tell you about today.

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A World of Opportunities for Testers with Specialist Expertise: World Quality Report highlights

Have you read it yet? The World Quality Report?wqr.jpg If not, this is your opportunity to find out what your peers are doing around the world.


The World Quality Report (2013-2014) is the industry’s largest market analysis resource on application enterprise, quality and testing practices. It addresses key findings in Quality Assurance and Testing.  This valuable report provides the industry’s largest comprehensive annual and global commentary of the latest findings in this evolving but often overlooked discipline.

Co-produced yearly between IT consultancies HP, Capgemini and Sogeti, the report has expanded its geographic and topic scope for 2013-14. Keep reading to find out how you can get a copy.

Want to learn how to go beyond Agile development? Transform agility across your entire enterprise

 Beyond Agile Development.pngIf you simply think of “Agile” as a software testing process, you should consider how your enterprise could react if it had the flexibility of “Agile.”


Join us for a webinar where we will discuss how your organization can make the shift to managing enterprise agility. Keep reading to find out how you can attend.

How to overcome 9 common obstacles to friction-free agile Dev/Test for composite applications

Overcome Wait time.pngToday’s application teams run a never-ending relay race to deliver high quality software to market as fast as possible. But the complexity of modern applications poses special challenges, especially to critical testing processes. Here is how one HP customer overcame their multiple barriers for seamless end-to-end application testing.


Guest post by Ferhan Kilical, senior product marketing manager

Live from Israel—Improving install and the customer experience

isreal1.jpgAfter an amazing week in training in Israel, I am sharing the insights I learned about  performance, customer experiences, reporting and quality.


 Keep reading to find out what I learned during my time in Israel and how security plays a role in the newest version of HP Application Lifecycle Management.

Live from Israel-ALM Best Practices: Change is good, but the familiar is even better

Israel Beach.pngHello everyone, I am at training to learn more about the newest release of HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). Today we looked at the new functionality and how to introduce change but keep the learning curve to a minimum. We are wondering if that Is a reasonable reality. Keep reading to learn what we uncovered.    

Meeting of the ALM minds--Live from Israel

ALM Israel.jpgDoes your shareware offer the Flexibility, scalable and control that you find with Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)? And will these options continue in the next version? 


I am live in Israel this week learning the secrets of the latest ALM release. Keep reading so I can slip you the secrets that I learn.

How end-to-end performance testing can achieve higher app velocity without sacrificing quality

Too often performance testing becomes a bottleneck when application development teams are tasked with accelerating deployments of mobile, cloud and other cross-platform software. But quality counts more than ever and performance testing must evolve to meet the criteria. Keep reading to find out how organizations can adapt performance testing to complex, fast-moving application lifecycles.ALM IDC WP.png

Prescription for your unhealthy software integration: 5 tips to improve your ALM experience

bbdoc3.jpgThe “Doc” is in once again. This time I have the prescription pad in my hand, and I am giving you the recommended dosage of medicine to alleviate your Software Development Lifecycle ailments.


Keep reading to find out what I suggest doing to improve the health of your software development environment.

Supercharge HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) in your environment

Faster ROI with AML Through Education.pngEducation is the power behind advancement. This is why it is so important that your users have a full understanding of what HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) can do for your organization.


Keep reading to learn about the benefits of the latest version of HP ALM and three ways you can equip your team to maximize them.

Agility, velocity, collaboration and quality—the keys of an agile enterprise

Next steps toward an Agile enterprise.pngWithout complete visibility into your applications, your enterprise may face roadblocks or pitfalls to development. There was a recent survey that showed for every dollar spent on agile projects (that management knew about), another five was spent on work that was unknown.  

Keep reading to find out the importance of visibility in an agile enterprise and how you can increase the view within your own organisation.

5 Symptoms of an unhealthy software SDLC process

Tbig maze.jpgoo many times we limit or restrict our user’s community on the tools that should help them do their job better and faster, because we are either attempting to insure data integrity, uniformity of training, consistency of information, and/or some sense of application security. When in reality the user only see’s user roles within the tool as restricted and/or counterproductive to getting their job done.

Comparing your team quality to that of the world at HP Discover

screen480x480.jpgWhat do you think clients and partners want in the way Software and Hardware in 2014? Here at HP Discover in Barcelona everyone is talking about buzz words like Private Cloud, Big Data, Mobility, integration and security. They have also been talking about two themes that are usually diametrically opposed which are “faster” and “less”.

Sprinter—How to follow your feelings and not the logic at HP Discover

sprinternewx.pngSome people might think that I would eventually get tired of talking about systematic versus exploratory testing.  I also don’t get tired about talking advantages of using sprinter as a bridge from manual testing to automation. Combining the techniques and processes to innovative tools is always a topic that I can elaborate on—as you will see in this article.

SDLC Automation Solution, (release management) Henry Ford style

xx.pngHow do project managers or business units see an application update or an upgrade initiative? Once the project is underway what are the typical types of communication and reporting that go on during a specific initiative?  Does the business really have visibility within the SDLC process and does the PMO office have the capability of real-time project reporting? 


Let me ask just one more question: Do you currently have automated project planning and tracking across the SDLC process? Keep reading to find out why this is so important. 

Need an on-ramp to Agile Application Delivery? Test Drive and “HP Discover”

Agile Delivery, Automated testing, Service Virtualization, Mobile quality..These are all terms you hear about every day in the business of application development and delivery.  But do you really know how to harness them within your organizations to enable you to deliver high quality applications faster?  


We recently recorded a session entitled "Enable enterprise agility by managing feedback loops" which will give you a closer look at agile delivery. You can watch it here.


Much like learning to drive, taking a test drive of the software that will support your teams to balance speed and quality and meet goals faster is a wise investment.  Join HP Software at HP Discover Barcelona as we provide you the opportunity to take a test drive on the road to agile application delivery.  


Here's the session specifics:  BB1662 - Master the Agile app lifecycle: A live demo of HP Software innovations for apps

Wednesday, Dec 11, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM



HP Discover (Barcelona) - what’s up Doc

barcelona_02_big.jpgHeading to HP Discover makes me feel like a five-year-old boy waiting in line to sit on Santa’s lap. I feel like a kid who has spent weeks memorizing everything he wanted for Christmas. So I decided to write an open letter/ wish list to Santa with all of the things that I want to see at HP Discover.  You are more than welcome to borrow anything off of my list, because I was taught to share.

Sweden, IKEA and Composite Applications

IKEA.pngHave you ever been amazed by the options available at IKEA? Or have you been overwhelmed at the thought of having to build your own furniture?


I was recently building an IKEA bookcase and it reminded me of application development. There designs are component-based—and modern application development and test is the same way.


Keep reading to find out how the components of your existing and cloud structure can come together in your environment.


Guest post by Ferhan Kilical, HP Software Senior product marketing manager

SDLC Automation Solution, (Overview) Henry Ford style

wheel.pngTearing down the walls of an antiquated and archaic process and replacing it with automation and integration can be a complicated process. The automated assembly line for cars in 1908 taught us that the key to this revolutionary idea was its simplicity. Now it is your turn to streamline the supply chain of applications, Ford style!

The “Brave New World” of IT and service virtualization

Brave new world.pngHave you seen the videos of babies using mobile devices and iPads on YouTube? It is almost as if kids come out of the womb knowing how to operate technology these days.


What does this shift mean for technology today and in the future? How can you make sure the applications you develop for this technology actually meets the demands of it?


Keep reading to find out how Service Virtualization can help you keep pace—even with speedy baby fingers!


Guest post by Ferhan Kilical, HP Software Senior product marketing manager

The importance of application testing solutions and the Global Citizens Festival

global citizen's festival 2.jpgI recently attended the Global Citizen Festival and was reminded of what I can do to help the world as a global citizen. It seems like the challenge is daunting, but when we each chip in—change is possible.


Keep reading to find out how HP tools are helping change the world.


Guest Post by Ferhan Kilical, HP Software Senior product marketing manager

My journey to HP World—Saudi Arabia

HP World 1.jpgWhat issues do organizations face in the Middle East? This is the specific reason we held HP World in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. We wanted to hear directly from those in this area and present solutions to address these issues.


One of the major issues that was brought to my attention while at the event was the lack of women in the area that are in the workforce. Keep reading to find out what we suggested to encourage women to enter the workforce after graduating college.


Guest Post by Ferhan Kilical, HP Software Senior product marketing manager

Watershed World Quality Report illuminates growing importance and challenges for testing teams

For five years now, Cap Gemini, Sogeti and HP have engaged a large population of quality professionals to introspect, analyze and document the state of Quality Assurance across global organizations. Today, we announce the availability of the fifth annual World Quality Report—the preeminent study of quality practices, maturity, successes and challenges facing business and government organizations world-wide.  In this blog, I’m summarizing the key insights from this report regarding QA’s position in IT and with the business, best practice adoption, successes and challenges.


Got change? Spend a half day on-line with apps visionaries and experts for winning insights in ALM


Change is the name of the game in mastering the ability to deliver applications quickly, with high quality, that will also delight the business.   I invite you to come hear from leading visionaries, analysts and successful practitioners as they share best practices, insights and actionable information to help you up the odds by changing with the pace of demand and delivering winning solutions.  


Continue reading to find out what you will learn at  the free  -- HP Power to Change virtual conference, Sept 10th and Oct 1st.



Summer vacation and Service Virtualization – what do they have in common?

avacation.pngAre you working to understand the value in using Service Virtualization to remove delays for testing and development caused by unavailable components and services?   Let’s use a metaphor, how do you keep things moving along when you are relaxing on a beach for summer vacation?  


Keep reading to find out what summer vacation and Service Virtualization have  in common.  The good news is that this approach CAN be applied to your composite application environment.


About the Author(s)
  • Brian is a Product Marketing Manager for Application Development Management Solutions with and previously for Project and Application Portfolio Management, with extensive experience in presales and implementation roles.
  • I have more than 12 years in IT, with over 10 years working with the HP Quality Management suite of tools—seven as a Professional Services consultant for Mercury/HP. Additionally, I am the Regional Practice Lead for the Quality Management Strategy and Solutions organization which helps drive inovation in the areas of Best Practices and constancy of delivery.
  • This account is for guest bloggers. The blog post will identify the blogger.
  • Kelly has over 20 years experience with enterprise systems and software in individual contributor and manager roles across product management, business development and product marketing. A majority of my focus has been in areas directly related to applications spanning from developer environments, enterprise Java, integration middleware, SOA infrastructure, SOA Governance and now application lifecycle management. Kelly has a B.S. in Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and an MBA from the University of Santa Clara.
  • Malcolm is a functional architect, focusing on best practices and methodologies across the software development lifecycle.
  • Michael Cooper is a leader in the fields of quality assurance (QA), software testing, and process improvement. In November 2012, Michael joined the HP Software Applications team. Michael brings more than 15 years of hands on and QA and Testing leadership experience.
  • Michael Deady is a Pr. Consultant & Solution Architect for HP Professional Service and HP's ALM Evangelist for IT Experts Community. He specializes in software development, testing, and security. He also loves science fiction movies and anything to do with Texas.
  • Backed up with over 20 years of IT experience ranging from Application Development, QA, Product Management and Product Marketing, Ofer Spiegel has acquired deep insight into the intricacies of Enterprise IT and its versatile challenges.
  • HP IT Distinguished Technologist. Tooling HP's R&D and IT for product development processes and tools.
  • WW Sr Product Marketing Manager for HP ITPS VP of Apps & HP Load Runner
  • Areas of expertise include project/portfolio management, software education and application lifecycle management
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