HP has announced a series of enhancements to its tool set for Agile software development, the HP Agile Accelerator, and is banking on its expertise to help enterprise customers modernize legacy applications and build better new ones.
HP has announced a series of enhancements to its tool set for Agile software development, the HP Agile
Accelerator, and is banking on its expertise to help enterprise
customers modernize legacy applications and build better new ones.
In a Feb. 11 Webcast, HP discussed its Agile platform and shared how
its HP Agile Accelerator can help customers increase the quality of
their applications, enhance productivity, and respond to changing
business scenarios quickly and cost-effectively.
Agile software development refers to a group of software development
methodologies based on iterative development, where requirements and
solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing
Mark Sarbiewski, senior director of products, for HP Software &
Solutions, said Agile development is changing not only software
development, but software delivery models.
Moreover, Sarbiewski said HP looks at Agile as an accelerator for application modernization efforts.
"We see our customers involved in probably the largest application refresh in history," he said.
Sarbiewski said HP looks at application modernization across five
key areas: technology, architecture, teams, process and platform. And
the evolution in each area has moved: from proprietary to open for
technology; from being in silos and monolithic to integrated and
modular for architecture; from local, dedicated teams to virtual,
shared teams; from lengthy waterfall-based processes to accelerated,
Agile processes; and from a strictly on-premise platform to the cloud
and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) environments.
"With legacy systems we see a lot of things that are hard to
maintain and costly, but we want and need to be more agile and
responsive," Sarbiewski said.
Based on HP Quality Center
software and HP Application Lifecycle Management consulting services,
HP Agile Accelerator manages Agile development projects from proposal
to production while helping IT departments better meet their
application modernization initiatives.
HP Agile Accelerator helps software development teams improve the
efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their business initiatives with
predefined workflows, configurations and user reports. Recent
enhancements include a built-in resource planning module, which allows
development teams to better manage their Agile projects.
"Application development organizations are increasingly adopting
Agile development practices to better manage risk and cut development
costs," said Margo Visitacion, an analyst with Forrester Research
, said in a statement. "It's time for testing to become more Agile as well. Traditional end-of-the-life-cycle testing is dead."
Recognizing the need to align applications to business priorities,
one of the top initiatives for IT decision makers is to modernize
existing legacy applications. According to a recent Forrester
report, almost 60 percent of respondents rated application
modernization initiatives as "very important" or "important."
By using HP Agile Accelerator for application modernization initiatives, customers can:
- Improve business agility with faster response to changing
requirements: Change impact analysis allows application teams to
understand how a change to a given shared component may affect
- Reduce the risk of application performance degradation by
finding defects earlier in the life cycle: With the ability to run
security and performance tests in an Agile delivery model, enterprises
can prevent the release of faulty software, saving time and money.
- Increase return on investment by delivering quality software
early and frequently throughout the application life cycle: With
prebuilt process workflows and user roles, application teams can reduce
scoping errors and deliver software more frequently.
- Enhance productivity through greater collaboration:
Standardized progress reporting improves visibility and communication
across multiple teams.