Market researchers at IDC are forecasting greater enterprise interest in application life-cycle management (ALM) tools during 2014. The firm says high-profile software failures at Nasdaq, Amazon.com, Goldman Sachs, United Airlines and other companies are prompting companies to take a closer look at their application development processes. "Prior failures will spur change, and so will future failures," said IDC analyst Melinda Ballou.
Other factors, like application deployment complexity, mobility, social technology, cloud computing and big data, are also helping to generate interest in ALM tools. IDC expects SaaS-based ALM, in particular, will pick up more business throughout the year.