Finding an integrated ALM toolset for hybrid application development

As companies make the move to Agile software development, it’s possible many will run into challenges as they transition from traditional practices. Whether it is regulatory requirements or reasons of data sovereignty, it can be difficult for teams to move quickly when faced with these constraints.

A quick solution is hybrid application development or hybrid Agile/ waterfall development, which is common in large organizations that have some projects in their portfolio being developed using Agile, and others with waterfall, said Malcolm Isaacs, senior solutions marketing manager at HPE.

At the executive level, getting insight into the requirements and resources in each team can be difficult when using the same units from waterfall and Agile teams. According to Isaacs, there needs to be a way to compare two different products and teams using two different methodologies.

This complexity is creating anxiety within the application portfolio. Collin Chau, a solutions marketing professional for HPE, said he sees many organizations’ current Agile tools are not capable of handling the workload of hybrid development, nor can they straddle both Agile and waterfall environments, much less be able to scale up for the enterprise.

“With hybrid application development, the market is not taking a binary approach,” said Chau. “It’s about straddling waterfall development and Agile delivery whereby any given team may have one methodology or a mix of different methodologies in the same portfolio they are managing.”

Companies desire this flexibility and they are looking for a solution that propels hybrid application development. They want to be more fluid and move faster. Yet some companies don’t want to give up their traditional technology, so they are trying to find the “best of both worlds,” working with Agile for faster time to develop, while still working with legacy technology, said Chau.

And it is possible that…

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