- ALM is the marriage of business management to software engineering made possible by tools that facilitate and integrate requirement management, modeling, coding, testing, tracking, and release management.
- Traceability of relationships between artifacts
- This is traditionally a labor-intensive, manual process, where the effort varies with the number and size of projects, the varying size and scope, and the number of artifact interdependencies.
- Automation of High-Level Processes
- All organizations have processes. Much of this is done manually in many projects and ALM stresses the importance of automating these tasks for a more effective and less time-consuming process. Having an automated process also decreases the error rate compared to handling the process manually.
- Visibility into the progress of development efforts
- Most managers, stakeholders and project members have limited visibility into the progress of development projects. This is often due to the face that reporting is difficult and can involve a lot of manual work. The lack of proper reporting also hinders opportunities for process improvement.
The reporting functions of the ALM benefit from integration and automation to provide real-time status information and deep analysis of all activities.