The Role of Requirements Management for an Integrated ALM Platform

Vital information about the customers’ requirements helps you in conceptualizing, planning and designing an application that meets all the demands. How do you define and evaluate the requirements of your customers? You can find potential information through emails, the inputs procured through their website visits or by importing the documents related to the customers. You need an extremely qualified tool that can provide you with every customer input that can help in improving the quality of your products and leverage customer satisfaction with the intention to boost your sales strategies.

The development of applications and maintenance of its life cycle is a critical process that has to be handled with caution. There is no scope for making mistakes and losing lucrative opportunities. Thus the requirements management process initiates an ambitious mission with aspirations for achieving complete success. The tools deployed in the requirements management process should provide support over the web to enhance collaboration amongst the distributed teams so that the operation is a unified one with effective management capabilities and better control over the project.

The requirements management tools need to facilitate the use of rich text editor for opening a Microsoft word document or enabling a portion of the formatted text to be copied and pasted onto the rich text editor. They have to provide facilities for submittals through your official website or portal or by sending emails. They should help in the importing from Microsoft Word documents and excel sheets. They should provide the feasibility to import from a CSV file with configurable formats. They should provide assistance in integration with third party tools and real-time synchronization.

The requirements management tools should provide comprehensive traceability capabilities for an analysis of both proactive and reactive impacts. These tools need to be reusable so that quality is improved and the time required for the development of the application life cycle management solution is considerably reduced. The tools should possess the qualities to review, approve, implement and test changes without affecting the costs adversely and keeping within the deadline limits.

The tools should be intelligent to determine the important requirements from the mass acquired from various sources for implementing important ALM development decisions. The generation of reports regarding marketing requirements, system requirements, product road maps, test compliance and trend charts are equally important that help in development of a desirable and customized product. The requirements management tools should deliver high QC integration capabilities for conducting tests, identifying defects effectively and verifying them with further tests so that guaranteed and quality products are released in the market.

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