Empowering the application development teams to choose the best of breed tools and technology that they find relevant is an integral part of the engineering culture of an organization. Not only does this increase the productivity of the teams, it also increases collaboration and cooperation in the teams. However, this does pose a management challenge when you need end-to-end visibility into your application lifecycle. Hence the need for a strategy that supports integration, aggregation and synchronization of data between the tools throughout the application lifecycle stages. Below are key parts of the application lifecycle that should be taken into consideration while building an integrated SaaS application development lifecycle management solution.
Project planning requires defining the scope, priorities, timelines and deliverables for the features that are agreed upon with the customer, followed by organizing resources and teams that will complete the deliverables. Resources that will work on the project, what they will work on, and the timelines for each stage are the key parameters of project management that should be available to everyone across the application lifecycle.
Collaboration and traceability are fundamental to requirements management. To facilitate this, requirements must be stored in a central repository and must support development methodologies like agile, waterfall and others. Traceability can only be achieved if the requirements management tool is seamlessly integrated with the tools used for project planning, development, testing and deployment.
Development & Testing
Development teams are often globally distributed and require distributed workflows for code development and collaboration. Value can be added to the organization and its customers by empowering the teams to use tools that promote code quality with integrated code reviews and enhance code development speed with collaboration. Adding end-to-end visibility into this development process for traceability and accountability is key to delivering quality code in the constantly changing code base.
SaaS applications must deliver code faster and more often to meet business requirements. Tools used for managing the release process need integrations with the tools used for software development, quality assurance and production deployment.
In conclusion, it is important that data created in the different lifecycle stages is synchronized and available across the application development lifecycle. Integrating the tool siloes, sharing the software development artifacts and synchronizing data across the tools will allow the organization to provide enhanced value to its software delivery teams and customers.