Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)

ALM for Engineered Products

Customers demand increasingly innovative products, but market pressures such as growth and profitability, quality, globalization and product variation make product development exceedingly challenging. As companies use software to drive innovation in engineered products, they struggle to manage increased complexity and pace of change inherent in software development.

ALM Solutions for Engineered Products

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is a continuous process of managing the life of a software application from concept to delivery throughout the entire development process. PTC’s ALM solutions for engineered products are designed for discrete manufacturers where coordination and collaboration between software and hardware teams is critical to understand product release readiness, support variant complexity, automate development processes, ensure complete lifecycle traceability and to manage change.

The principal role of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is to manage the life of a software application from concept to delivery throughout the entire development process.

To be effective for discrete manufacturers, ALM solutions must include requirements management, software change and configuration management, system model management and test management in a single, integral solution. ALM provides visibility into product release readiness, supports variant complexity, automates development processes and ensures complete lifecycle traceability.

Directly, ALM offers significant value to a company, but ALM also enhances other enterprise systems, such as product lifecycle management (PLM), by enabling the sharing of product information across engineering disciplines.

Requirements Engineering

Requirements are often managed in Word or Excel files, disconnected from product design data, testing, and the rest of the product development team. This leads to incomplete and inaccurate requirements, poor communication of customer requirements across engineering disciplines, difficulty in validating that product designs meet customer needs and an inability to trace product designs back to requirements. Individually or combined, these symptoms often lead to rework, ineffective change management and difficulty implementing product reuse strategies. Requirements Engineering from PTC provides a single source of truth for requirements documents supporting revision history, library services, workflow and routing, document templates, change notification, traceability and reuse. Collaboration capabilities provide secure, globally accessible, role-based workspaces to share and collaborate on requirements at any point in the process.

PTC Global Software Development

With the increased amount of software in products, companies struggle with visibility to release readiness and handling the exponential growth in product variants while maintaining high quality. Software development is often disconnected from the rest of product development and is not included in design reviews until late in the process. PTC Global Software Development Solution, an ALM solution optimized for product engineering, orchestrates all software development processes and manages all engineering artifacts, including requirements, system models, source code, and test, ensuring comprehensive lifecycle traceability. PTC's open architecture integrates disparate tools into a streamlined software engineering process, allowing orchestration of software change and collaboration across the technology supply chain. Development teams improve productivity and quality, streamline compliance and gain complete product visibility – which ultimately drives more innovative products into the market.

PTC System Requirements and Validation

Engineering executives are increasingly challenged to accelerate the delivery of innovative products and manage the proliferation of product variants with fewer resources, while improving quality. The only way to overcome these challenges is through a comprehensive, multidisciplinary (i.e. hardware and software) approach that drives collaboration in the design of complex systems. The exponential growth of software in products has only magnified the complexity. Increased complexity requires an iterative, closed-loop process with system-level requirements flow-down and granular traceability – from system requirements through design and test. The optimal system architecture can be developed through iterative modeling and simulation. When iteration is fostered early in the system design process, collaboration becomes more effective, significantly reducing late lifecycle rework. Time to market is shortened, quality improved, and costs reduced.

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