HP Announces 'Intelligent' Application Delivery Tools

HP announced a series of new software solutions designed to improve collaboration among application development and delivery teams. The new HP ALM software solutions include HP Service Virtualization 1.0, HP Application Lifecycle Intelligence (ALI), and HP Agile Accelerator 5.0.

The new product updates are designed to help deliver cloud computing applications and complex business processes. Applications, once monolithic, are now architected on connected services and developed in rapid cycles. These composite applications can create crippling challenges for organizations as they struggle to quickly deliver applications, while still managing quality, performance and
security risks within heterogeneous development environments.

Currently, most organizations spend 70% of their IT budgets on ongoing operations, and 30% on innovation and development, says Matthew Morgan, senior director of worldwide product marketing at HP Software. HP seeks to help companies reverse this equation through its analytic offerings for developers, he says. "Without a performance management system, it's difficult to measure success," he said at a press and blogger briefing at launch day for the product line. Application metrics "should be digitized and automated, and not sit on an Excel desktop."

The new HP software solutions are key components to the HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) suite, which accelerates application delivery with a single platform, while enhancing collaboration among application delivery teams. The HP solutions provide business analysts, developers and testers with visibility across the life cycle and new levels of automation to streamline the delivery process.

The new HP ALM software solutions include HP Service Virtualization 1.0, which integrates with a broad set of application lifecycle management solutions. By accessing a simulated environment, organizations can enhance performance testing of composite applications. The simulated environment also eliminates the need to build a redundant test environment, access production systems or recreate a proxy to mimic service behaviors.

The next product announced, HP Application Lifecycle Intelligence (ALI), is an enterprise technology agnostic solution that is designed to turn disparate data into actionable intelligence. HP ALI, combined with HP ALM 11, provides a real-time view into changes made to source code while enabling developers to work with the tools of their choice. This enables organizations to measure the impact of changes on requirements, tests and defects for a complete analysis of application quality prior to release.

HP Agile Accelerator 5.0 features a new scheduling tool for viewing deliverables in development and provides real-time visibility across the application life cycle for rapid response to changing business requirements.

The new releases are intended to help the three key elements of the changing data center, says Morgan. These include application lifecycle management, IT operations management, and information management, "which is all about what happens to the data," he says. "The reason many legacy applications are still up is because data is still in those applications. You simply can't turn them off."

Morgan notes that HP itself has 40,000 users on its ALM solution set, and "many HP customers who have more than 30,000 users on system. "When you're dealing with that many users, you also have hundreds and thousands of projects going on at the same time. Our online assessment that helps people keep track of what they're doing today."

More information is available at the HP website.