TECH SUPPLIER Sep 2021 - Market Analysis Perspective - Doc # US47148721

Market Analysis Perspective: Worldwide Agile ALM, Quality, and Portfolio Strategies, 2021 — Dynamic Coordination for Quality DevOps Delivery

By: Melinda-Carol BallouResearch Director, Agile ALM, Quality & Portfolio Strategies

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This IDC Market Analysis Perspective (MAP) provides insight into application life-cycle management (ALM) and project and portfolio management (PPM) and collaborative work management (CWM) industry highlights and a review of the market landscape including shares and leading vendor analysis for automated software quality (ASQ); software, change, configuration, and process management (SCCPM); and project and portfolio management, dealing with the impact of rapid digitization, hybrid work, significant acquisition activity over the past 12–18 months, and evolving demand drivers and inhibitors. Customer needs and strategies are also addressed, with specific guidance for establishing cross-system, multimodal, agile ALM and PPM strategies for cloud, mobile, social, data analytics, and emerging Internet of Things (IoT) and AI/ML environments. This MAP concludes with a future view of the overall ALM and PPM/CWM market areas, followed by essential guidance.

Companies avidly engaged with agile ALM in 2020 driven by rapid digital transformation and hybrid work caused by the pandemic. Demand for PPM, CWM, and agile pushed IDC to create four related IDC MarketScapes moving into 2020 (agile PPM, work management, IT PPM, and cloud PPM). We will shortly be publishing four additional IDC MarketScapes in 4Q21 for automated software quality (enterprise ASQ, security testing, mobile and digital testing, and cloud testing). From a DevOps deployment perspective for ALM, platforms ranged from mobile to cloud to social to embedded software and coordination of ALM with product life-cycle management (PLM). Given the complexity of deployment environments, coupled with demand for speed, quality, and security, IDC saw good uptake in 2020 and solid adoption so far in 1H21, with growth across the covered ALM markets. Along with an explosion of mobile application development and the evolution of ALM for embedded and emerging IoT systems and cloud (driving complexity), we have also seen increased open source software (OSS) adoption (impacting growth for both ASQ and SCCPM, along with innovation opportunities), standards emergence, and a commensurate need for management. A high level of disruption with the pandemic and global uncertainty and engagement by businesses in emerging technology areas demand agile ALM automation and governance. This is the case in a worldwide economy that remains volatile in the extreme coupled with geopolitical uncertainty exacerbated by the health and climate crisis. Innovation demands software, and quality software demands effective ALM. So we have also seen both uptake and vendor offerings increase. This has also driven growth in the overall DevOps arena — which we see as end-to-end software life-cycle management, encompassing the handoff to release and service management. Life cycle doesn't stop with code completion. But in an increasingly complex world that encompasses embedded software with varying form factors, quality, and security needs, ALM must also include a broader sphere with close coordination with service management. This forms the basis for quality software creation of embedded software as part of "things" (products) and for solid creation of applications for the IoT market (and emerging areas of augmented reality and virtual reality). Here, we increasingly see cognitive computing playing a part not merely for data analytics but also to enable software creation targeting these complex environments and emerging predictive systems.


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