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Compliance

IKAN ALM improves an organization's ability to conform to popular process standards (such as the Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Model, ITIL, Six Sigma) and new laws on corporate governance (such as the Sarbanes Oxley Act) by supporting a reliable, repeatable and auditable process throughout the development life cycle.

CMM Compliance

The SEI Capability Maturity Model (CMM) is one of the de-facto standards for assessing and improving development processes. The CMM describes the principles and practices underlying software process maturity and is intended to help organizations improve the maturity of their software processes in terms of an evolutionary path from ad hoc, chaotic processes to mature, disciplined software processes.

By implementing a proper ALM solution your organization processes will evolve from chaotic/ad hoc process (CMM level 1) to one of continuing improvement/improving process (CMM level 5).

IKAN's IKAN ALM allows project teams to fully automate their complete application lifecycle management process. Its robust set of features, which include Build and Life-Cycle Management, support CMM level5 compliance. Uniquely, IKAN ALM allows your organization to grow into CMM level 5 gradually, progressively and at its own pace. IKAN ALM offers an organization the ability to implement one consistent process, one vehicle through which applications are migrated into production, saving time by eliminating errors while consistently meeting corporate standards, and ensuring Total Quality Management. The inbuilt flexibility of IKAN ALM further ensures that you can continue to evolve your institutional process to meet new needs as they arise using the same IKAN ALM framework and established procedures without regressing on your CMM level.

ITIL Compliance

ITIL is being adopted and used across the world as the de-facto standard for best practice in the provision of IT Service management. ITIL provides a cohesive set of best practices, and is supported by a comprehensive qualification scheme, accredited training organizations, and assessment tools.

IKAN ALM facilitates compliance with the ITIL process improvement initiative. IKAN ALM helps reduce development, deployment and operations costs while accelerating the delivery of new and enhanced services to end-users on mainframe and distributed platforms. It achieves the highest standards of process manageability, quality, integrity and accountability.

Six SigmaTM Compliance

Six Sigma provides an organization-wide approach aimed at processing data, so that a corporation can improve the quality achievement and efficiency of its business processes.

ALM is one of the areas targeted for process improvement. IKAN ALM provides a framework that supports the production of high quality software applications. By implementing well-defined, scalable and disciplined processes at the individual and team levels, organizations benefit in two ways. First, because processes become streamlined and uniform across the organization, they are able to deliver applications to their customers more quickly. Second, the quality of software applications improves because mechanisms are in place to prevent, detect, track and correct defects throughout the development process. The standards and metrics necessary for an organization's implementation are not only structured and controlled by IKAN ALM but they are also reportable, ensuring that the organization can truly measure progress and identify areas for continued improvement.

Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance

The intent of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 is to protect investors by improving the accuracy and reliability of corporate disclosures. Increasingly, management is realising the significant impact that information technology (IT) can have on the success of the enterprise. Successful enterprises understand the risks and exploit the benefits of IT. Therefore the impact of Sarbanes-Oxley on IT departments is significant. One of the principle concerns facing IT departments is how to produce well-defined and repeatable processes to help mitigate risk and achieve audit compliance. IKAN ALM facilitates compliance with legislation like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and numerous state specific similar acts. IKAN ALM can play an integral part in achieving compliance through automation of the business process, including all software development processes, and by providing full audit trails and reporting ability

Summary

  • Build and Deploy Processess are fully documented in a database
  • Build and Deploy Processess are repeatable
  • Evidence based processing (logging all activities)
  • Formal structured processess including approval structure
  • Changes are forced into formal processess
  • Separation of duties:
    • Build
    • Deploy
    • Approval

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