Towards an Application Lifecycle Management Framework: Dissertation

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Lifecycle Management approaches promise more systematic and efficient ways to support the development and management of complex products. Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) means the activity of managing a company's products across their lifecycles in the most effective way. The concept of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), on the other hand, indicates the coordination of activities and the management of artefacts (e.g., requirements, source code, test cases) during the software (SW) product's lifecycle. There are surprisingly few scientific efforts to define what ALM constitutes and scientifically reported experiences of the practical development and deployment of ALM solutions in an industrial context. ALM solutions tend to be complex, integrating different tools and practices that are used to produce and manage artefacts during the SW development lifecycle, and there is therefore an apparent need to support the development of such complex solutions for industrial contexts. This thesis presents an effort towards an ALM framework that can be used to document and analyse an organisation's ALM solution and find improvement ideas for it. The evolving framework has been demonstrated in four industrial case studies and gradually refined based on the experiences gained from the studies. This thesis presents the four case studies to the reader and explains the whole research process from the initial literature study, via four phases of constructing and demonstrating the evolving ALM framework, to a proposal for an ALM framework. Furthermore, the series of case studies revealed several experiences related to the application and improvement of an ALM solution in an industrial context. These experiences are also presented and discussed in this thesis.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor Degree
Awarding Institution
  • University of Oulu
  • Saukkonen, Samuli, Supervisor, External person
  • Pikkarainen, Minna, Supervisor
Award date1 Apr 2011
Place of PublicationEspoo
Print ISBNs978-951-38-7728-6
Electronic ISBNs978-951-38-7729-3
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeG5 Doctoral dissertation (article)


  • application lifecycle management
  • global software development
  • software configuration management


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