Adaptavist CALM — the business of software and applications
Complete Application Lifecycle Management (CALM) is how we help organisations take a holistic view of the process of creating, delivering and managing their software and applications. Many organisations fail to compete because they find that their information technology and their business requirements aren't working as part of the same process.
Make the process work as a whole
Our experience tells us that it's essential to look at the lifecycle as a whole and understand all the processes that contribute to the design, delivery and support of software and applications. Merely fixing individual parts in isolation often leads to problems in other parts of the process and no overall improvement as increased throughput in one part of the process simply increases the pressure on a bottleneck, leading to no overall improvement or even a reduction in performance.
Taking a holistic view means that a roadmap can be created, showing of what needs to be fixed, how and when. More importantly, the inter-dependencies between fixing, removing and adding elements of the process can be understood and put into action. It would be unrealistic not to recognise the importance of the interaction between teams, tools and platforms as well as the tools and platforms themselves.
Measure the real cost and value of the application portfolio
Adaptavist CALM provides the best and most cost-effective way of delivering and supporting applications. It's a methodology and framework for managing your application portfolio, viewing the total cost of ownership — including the long-term cost of deployment and ongoing support — and measuring this against the value they are forecast to deliver.
The Adaptavist CALM methodology
CALM is a set of application lifecycle management tools, a common language and a methodology for initiating, delivering and managing your software and applications.
Whether you're looking at strategic imperatives like outsourcing, mergers and acquisitions, distributed teams or just getting innovative products to market quickly, the reality of the modern Enterprise is that IT is core to your business processes. What is more important, however, is that business requirements, software and applications interact in productive, efficient, synergistic ways.
Looking at the lifecycle as a whole
Adaptavist’s CALM approach understands the complexity of the application lifecycle, and the fact that it is often actually many, often poorly understood, processes working together. Our approach takes a holistic view that harnesses technical understanding with awareness of realities of the
Software and applications are now core to almost every business process from finance and logistics to product development and marketing. The IT department can no longer be only a cost centre, it needs to be an enabler that adds value and competitive difference to justify its budget.
Adaptavist helps organisations ensure that the right balance, the right process and the right tools are present and maintained in their application lifecycle. This means that they can turn ideas into options, options into opportunities, and opportunities into value. Applications are developed and software assets can be supported and maintained in a managed, controlled way.
A complete, common methodology
Adaptavist CALM provides the business with a methodology and common language for initiating, delivering and managing applications. By analysing the application lifecycle based on the following areas, Adaptavist helps its clients improve their planning and execution.
Requirements and strategy: requirements gathering and analysis, scope definition, stakeholder management, high level design, functional and non-functional specification
Design resourcing and planning: technical specification, resource identification, agile backlog, low level architecture
Transition build and test: build and test, benchmark testing, resource utilisation and tracking, artifact production, technical documentation
Release to operations: user acceptance testing (UAT) and quality control, organisational change management, release and platform integration, penetration testing, operational documentation
Operational feedback: incident and problem management, user feedback, stakeholder feedback, capacity management
Benchmarking and moving towards CALM
The Adaptavist CALM model acts as a means of benchmarking where each organisation is today as well as a basis for measuring progress. By scoring capability and maturity in each area, we can provide a visual dashboard which forms the basis for monitoring progress and prioritising actions. We can also recommend and implement the appropriate application lifecycle management tools for your organisation.
Adaptavist CALM is delivered using best of breed technologies and tools. Implementation is based around the Atlassian stack of application lifecycle management tools. These tools, whilst now near ubiquitous, deliver their true value when carefully deployed and managed in the context of a wider framework like CALM.
The benefits of CALM
Helping enterprises design, deliver and support their applications more profitably and effectively.
Improve predictability, reduce risk and time-to-market
Adaptavist CALM helps you develop benchmarks and a roadmap to improve and align the business with IT. It provides the intelligence you need to make informed decisions about which initiatives to back and when they will start delivering returns. CALM shines a light on your development engine and aligns the interfaces between processes in your application lifecycle.
Support innovation and competitive advantage
Bring governance to your application lifecycle and create a language and process that the whole organisation can understand. Whether you want to create value through exit, M&A, scalability or innovation, Adaptavist CALM frees people and removes obstacles to help get the right applications to market. Visibility of your application lifecycle gives your organisation options whatever the endgame may be.
Increase efficiency and productivity
By reducing or removing the friction and bottlenecks in different elements of your lifecycle, we can optimise your whole process not just create problems by having one component working at full speed but creating issues elsewhere. We align processes to increase overall flow rate so that each component works within a process — the right speed in the right place.
Acquire and retain the best talent
In an increasingly talent-led marketplace there is intense competition for talent. If your competitive advantage is largely reliant on the ideas you have and get to market, you need to have the best talent available. The best talent doesn't like friction and wasted effort so you will be rewarded if you create an environment that removes the friction that prevents them realising their best ideas to market ASAP. Give your teams the freedom to innovate.