One Complete Solution

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-11-30 Print this article Print


One Complete Solution

The new offering aligns with HP's stated plans for the Mercury acquisition, which was to combine HP's existing OpenView offerings with Mercury's BTO (Business Technology Optimization) Enterprise offerings to integrate the many building blocks of enterprise IT management into one complete solution for the entire IT life cycle-from planning through to deployment and operations.

The ALM 11 platform and software solutions are components of HP Application Transformation. Through these solutions, HP aims to transform applications and processes designed for another era, helping enterprises gain control over aging applications and inflexible processes that challenge innovation and agility by governing their responsiveness and pace of change. Application Transformation solutions help businesses and governments in their pursuit of an Instant-On Enterprise.

West, as well as Veghte and other HP officials, said there is a major difference between HP's ALM solution and ALP products from competitors such as Microsoft, with its Visual Studio Team System, and IBM, with its Jazz and Rational Team Concert tools. The key difference, they said, is that Microsoft, IBM and others treat the developer as the central player in the ALM scheme of things. However, HP does not single out the developer as king, but gives equal status to other stakeholders in the SDLC process. Beyond that, the HP platform is not tied to a particular operating system or development environment.

"With ALM 11, business analysts, QA [quality assurance] analysts, security professionals, developers and others can all go to this unified system," said Mark Sarbiewski, vice president of products for BTO applications at HP.

"We come at the application life cycle from our core competency of quality, performance and life-cycle management," said Jonathan Rende, vice president and general manager of BTO applications. "We come at ALM delivery from a core competency that is very different from others who come at it from a development perspective. We are stack-agnostic."

"We're not seeing a big, single repository story like with IBM Rational or Microsoft," Forrester's West said. "It looks to be more of a federated, integrated story. IBM and Microsoft have some bias toward their own platform. This [ALM 11] is not tied to Java or .Net.

 "What we see is that it's important to support a different repository. Subversion [an open-source revision control system or repository] is the most prevalent. HP ALM does support it [by enabling users to use Subversion instead of moving to a proprietary repository]. So what's important is the change management hub, not the repository or the IDE."

Moreover, taking a knock at his former employer, Veghte said, "One area where I see opportunity is when I'm with customers having a conversation." He explained that you can't claim that everything is Windows or everything is C# and .Net because the world doesn't work that way. "Instead of saying the unifying concept is .Net, the unifying concept is the requirement," he added. "And it can go from the start of the development process all the way to the end."

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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