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Polarion ALM Solution Overview
Polarion was founded in 2004 to start with a blank sheet and instigate a paradigm shift that would deliver a groundbreaking solution.
Launched a year later, the Industry’s FIRST Unified, 100% Browser-Based ALM Solution based on ONE repository, data structure, and business logic did indeed disrupt the industry. This has been copied since by MKS, IBM, and Microsoft first, and more recently by Jama and Kovair.
But of course, we have not stood still, and in the last 10 years, our customers have been able to Unlock Unprecedented Synergies and empower their disparate teams. Their feedback has helped us further expanded and refine the power of Real-Time Collaboration, a User-Driven UI, and Full Traceability.
The Value Polarion provides is demonstrated by the 250 deployments in F1000 companies, 2.5M users ww, 200+ Extensions in the PEP, and a vibrant community of 15K registered members
FYI - Original Stefano Storyboard Guidance:
Vision: Founded in 2004 on the idea that the market was mature for a new ALM approach: not putting pieces together but build an unique foundation for ALM. We then refined it more and more to give unparalleled usability to all the stakeholders
Our customer rely on the Flexibility of the Solution to empower and connect ALL internal and external stakeholders in complex development ecosystems with the level of information and functionality they need to collaborate, stay in synch and succeed.
Here you see the full set of capabilities unified in the Polarion platform to comprehensively address the development lifecycle.
A great aspect of the architecture of the solution is that organizations can set out to Solve a specific pain point, and later Evolve and pursue incremental deployments as needed. This flexibility brings down the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) to the lowest level in the industry (based on customer feedback).
The fact that Polarion is the only qualified ALM solution further builds on the great benefits offered to our customers. With this certification, customer efforts to proof tool compliance are minimized up to the highest automotive safety integrity level (ASIL-D/TCL2). Templates for a wide range of standards augment the offering. Customers are of course thrilled about this, as it saves them a lot of time and money.
Polarion ALM solution for software and hardware development has been qualitifed for ISO 26262 , a functional safety standard for automobiles, by TUV Nord in Germany, a third-party certification authority. ISO 26262 specifies the requirements for safety-related systems, hardware, and software. Compliance with these standards is key for the whole industry, as any company who does not comply with the standard risks losing the legal right to sell their products in the main economic markets of the world. The qualification by TUV Nord demonstrates that Polarion’s software development processes comply with the highest Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL-D) as defined in ISO 26262, and that the company can reliably implement and replicate the processes. This also means that customers using Polarion Software products do not need to certify the tool, and can easily just refer to Polarion qualification for ISO 26262 and show that required process activities are performed.
And now, here’s David….
Experience with PL approaches in practice shows, that organizations mature their reuse
capabilities along the following model in the past:
Figure: Maturity of Variation Management Approaches
After standardizing their development infrastructure, often companies establish a platform
They develop and maintain a platform based on which the products or applications are built.
The platform contains the development infrastructure as well as all functionality that is
common to all products or applications. This means, they focus on commonality and support
variability only in a minimalistic manner.
Remark: Platform focusses on commonality
Once the organization has reaped first (low hanging) reuse benefits, they increase the amount
of functionality in the platform to the level where functionality common to several but not all
products (shared parts) becomes part of the core assets too. With this they follow a more
balanced variability approach. This approach is called a System or Software Product Line
Remark: Product Line means to support variability
In recent years, sophisticated tooling for variability management has been provided, which
allows organizations to evolve along the aforementioned stages in a faster way.
In the so-called Production Line (aka. 2nd Generation SPL) approach organizations directly
adopt a maximalist variability approach.