Bulked up and buff
Software configuration management has a whole new look. As Alan Radding writes
in this month’s cover story,
SCM has moved from simple versioning tools to addressing everything from tracking
business requirements to enforcing and automating the development process. New
times require better tools. In this case, SCM owes its muscular new look to
the need to better manage globally dispersed development teams and to comply
with fed regs.
Alan Joch checks in with a story
on how some enterprise software developers are taking a counterintuitive approach
to collaborating with their peers on the business side. Instead of jumping right
into projects, these programmers are devoting more time to analyzing their resources
and requirements and sparring with senior managers to make sure that deadlines
aren’t only tight, but also that they’re reasonable. Writes Joch: These nonconformists
are devotees of Personal Software Process and Team Software Process, two intertwined
methodologies that offer formal processes for improving software quality and
Paul Korzenowski and I go back a long way in this business, and I was pleased
he was able to turn in his
first piece for ADT on how enterprises are turning to mobile middleware
to sync up a growing variety of portable handhelds they must contend with. Paul
is working on another story for us on content management for next month’s issue.
Regular contributor John K. Waters looked
into the promise of business services management, which is aimed at forging
the missing link between IT operations and business management. But as he points
out, BSM is a product category and not an IT approach or strategy.
Michael Alexander is editor-in-chief of Application Development Trends.