ALM PaaS Bridges the Dev Gap

ALM PaaS bridges the development gap between corporate IT and distributed outsourced development activities.  The traditional gap impedes system integration, user acceptance testing, visibility into project progress, and corporate governance. Stephen Withers describes an often true, and ineffective current ALM state:

” the CIO does not have visibility of the overall project: this is a major problem.”

A top CIO desire is to obtain portfolio-wide visibility into development velocity, operational efficiency, and application usage.

What solution or best practices do you see solving balkanized, silo development tooling, governance, workflow, and status reporting across distributed outsourced teams?  Does your desired solution integrate with tools a CIO’s outsourced organizations  are using?

WSO2 App Factory addresses balkanized development teams with distinct tooling by offering a PaaS environment embracing development process activities, and enabling tooling integration.

By offering a PaaS to outsourced development teams, a CIO can:

  1. Ensure all code remain under company control. Ever receive a solution with a library, and not receive the library source?
  2. Avoid vendor lock-in due to process and tooling issues. Ever want to transition from outsourcer A to outsourcer B, and realize that you don’t have all the required process tooling?
  3. Provide a ready-made self-service environment that facilitates on-boarding new outsource teams
  4. Provide an environment incorporating consistent security components, user acceptance tests, and development governance.

In short, with an ALM PaaS, work no longer has to be distributed across multiple outsource  environments, and then ‘thrown over the wall’ back to the CIO. Software is a living entity proven by bit decay ;) , and establishing a synergistic relationship between corporate IT and outsourced development firms is now possible.

As part of their Digital Airline initiative, a WSO2 client, Boeing, is building a development ecosystem spanning many divisions, outsource entities, and partners. They are offering a self-service environment enabling partners a governed environment where services, APIs, and modules can be directly contributed into the solution.

In today’s digitally connected business environment, teams have the ability to change the collaboration paradigm. Instead of silo development and big bang waterfall integration testing, offer an accessible, collaborative environment that encourages rapid iterations, code sharing, and cross-team interaction. New, internet accessible distributed tooling (i.e. GitHub, CodeEnvy) provide an opportunity to change the game.


WSO2 App Factory integrates multiple leading open source tools (i.e Jenkins, Git, Maven, Puppet, JIRA) into a complete lifecycle, on-demand DevOps PaaS environment. The environment is pluggable, enabling you to integrate your chosen ALM tools. WSO2 App Factory presents built-in, extensible CIO dashboards, and portfolio views for DevOps team members (business owner, development manager, developer, operations).

To learn more,  read the DevOps meets ALM in the Cloud white paper and try out the online preview.


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