A Modern Process for Enterprise IT Product Development

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As the role of enterprise IT continues to evolve, IT organizations faced with greater responsibilities look for better tools for managing requirements and streamlining processes. Often, these escalating responsibilities include developing software and services to support internal business operations, collaboration with partners, and online customer interactions. Complex applications developed for cloud, on-premise, and mobile implementations can quickly tax prior-generation development processes, exposing their weaknesses.

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As the role of enterprise IT continues to evolve, IT organizations faced with greater responsibilities look for better tools for managing requirements and streamlining processes. Often, these escalating responsibilities include developing software and services to support internal business operations, collaboration with partners, and online customer interactions. Complex applications developed for cloud, on-premise, and mobile implementations can quickly tax prior-generation development processes, exposing their weaknesses.

The need to comply with current regulatory mandates presents another challenge, one that requires greater visibility into IT operations and automated methods for audit tracking. Plus, the accelerating demand is motivating enterprise IT groups to explore new solutions and establish development environments that capitalize on the advantages of modernized IT infrastructures.

Digital transformation initiatives carried out within the IT sector demonstrate how the right solutions can help meet organizational requirements. These solutions can also foster agility, greatly increase the efficiency of development efforts, and improve team collaboration. Typically for IT groups, the key challenge is finding a solution that can handle both the unique complexities of product development using modern methodologies and also integrate with existing legacy systems.

A modern, structured workflow is a cornerstone of any efficient product development process. The right solution creates a transparent, connected, centrally-managed environment and a well-defined set of processes to unify the efforts of stakeholders, partners, and work teams. By adopting a capable workflow platform, enterprise IT groups can gain competitive advantages in diverse markets.

Contending With The Challenges

IT groups face a daunting array of pressures. These can include rolling out new services to customers at a rapid pace, as well as developing improved internal applications to better support business operations and the corporate mission. A well-defined and controlled product development platform can be instrumental in overcoming these challenges.

Digital transformation, particularly in the field of IT, requires a multimodal approach to development. Traditionally-developed, mission critical applications with legacy code bases must be managed with a more waterfall-like approach, allowing for steady development on fragile code. Taking legacy applications into the digital age and competing with innovation from other market players requires accuracy with new levels of speed, often best embraced through an agile approach.

By creating a development environment that combines traditional and agile development methodologies, an organization can embrace the steadiness of waterfall while benefitting from the flexibility of agile. This helps lower the cost of quality and minimize time to delivery.

Mixed methodologies can be problem, however, if they limit visibility into what is happening during the development process. Therefore, to create a smoothly functioning ecosystem tailored to efficient multi-modal product development, an effective product development platform must connect all the diverse systems into a single cohesive environment.

“From the perspective of a product developer, particularly in the intersection of hardware and software, the ecosystem is one of the biggest issues. Any solution is part of a larger environment and infrastructure.”1
Allan Frank
Chief Digital Officer and Cofounder, The Hacket Group

Maintaining fluid communication across the enterprise throughout multimodal development keeps team members informed and engaged. Teams can also adjust rapidly to shifts in product requirements, coding issues, schedule adjustments, changing priorities, and other factors that slow development and impede success regardless of development modes. When properly implemented, multi-modal development can often trim months off a project plan. Implementing this methodology, however, requires deeper investment in digital technologies and coordination across a diverse system of infrastructures. And, effective communication and collaboration require a solution designed to bring personnel and project resources—including data stores—together. The result is effective, timely, targeted applications that satisfy requirements and serve business objectives.

Build An Effective Development Environment

Enterprise IT organizations must improve the design, development, and lifecycle management of applications—which are essentially treated as deliverable products within the organization. This requires a centrally managed workflow, structured collaboration, and comprehensive tracking of activities and transactions for improving efficiency and compliance with regulatory audit requirements. All are cornerstones of the Jama Software platform. Additionally, user experience is key for adoption, which helps ensure your data and decisions are all captured.

Teams relying on specific developer tools can benefit from Jama Software’s integrations, which bidirectionally connects with leading tools, such as JIRA, Rally, and HPQC. This makes product data visible and accessible over a fully integrated development ecosystem.

Jama Software’s integrations are easy to setup and use, and adapt to manage increasing volumes of data at the enterprise level.

With its core requirements management foundation, easy to use communication framework, and well-integrated collaboration tools, Jama Software addresses vital enterprise IT issues to empower developer teams. It also adds visibility, efficiency, traceability, and reliability to the product development workflow.

“[Jama Software] delivers ease-of-use that is apparent in adoption in requirements management, an area that has often failed to overcome the incumbency of Microsoft Office.”2
Thomas Murphy
Analyst, Gartner

We invite you to explore how Jama Software can enhance your product development process and integrate seamlessly with a diverse range of platforms and software tools. Enterprise IT groups seeking competitive advantages in rapidly evolving market sectors can tap into the benefits of a fully realized development workflow platform.

To better understand the benefits of Jama Software in a modernized workflow for enterprise IT product development, visit: https://www.jamasoftware.com/jama-enterprise-it/

Notes

  1. Harvard Business Review Analytic Services report, “Bridging the Gap in Digital Product Design.” July 2017.
  2. Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Development Life Cycle Management.
    Harvard Business Review Analytic Services report. February 2015.