Today’s typical IT organization has scant resources for supporting enterprise innovation. With 75% – or more – of the IT budget consumed by maintenance, there is little left over for IT to develop the software that helps enterprises maintain their competitive edge. Compounding the issue, application development organizations carry poor reputations for delivering software projects on time, on budget, and on scope. A major culprit is that the application lifecycle is managed – like many other IT domains – as an isolated domain that creates redundancies,
overlaps, and inefficiencies which help prevent the IT organization from delivering value to the enterprise.
Governance has increased in profile as organizations are compelled either by regulation or by market forces to make their processes more transparent. Governance is a good thing, but too much overlapping governance leads to conflicts and inefficiencies. This report explores how to rationalize governance of the application lifecycle with several key governance domains to make software delivery more reliable and responsive to the business.
Economic cycles have heightened the need for IT to control its operation and spend.
IT is implementing governance initiatives to improve its poor track record for solution delivery.
IT governance has typically reflected the functional silos of the IT organization; this has long been true for application lifecycle management (ALM).
Governance of the application lifecycle should be federated with other domains and practices that it intersects.
This report reveals
Why the application lifecycle is not an isolated domain for IT governance.
How and why application lifecycle governance should leverage the ITIL framework.
Why poor governance compromises IT’s ability to align software development with the business.
How to use SLAs to bring greater accountability to managing the application lifecycle.
Why SOA should be governed as an extension of the application lifecycle.
Where governance can alleviate the disconnect between software development and IT service delivery.
Why cloud governance is relevant to managing the application lifecycle.
The pivotal role of application lifecycle management in the hightech product lifecycle."
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