Build better software, faster, through clear separation of duties

You wouldn’t have the same employee handle cash, count it, and deliver it to the safe without any oversight, so why would you give a single developer the freedom to design, test, and publish production code without supervision? A software development team that doesn’t follow proper software configuration management practices is the equivalent of this flagrant violation of accounting best practices. Unfortunately, it’s also how a lot of companies work.

It’s not that your employees are untrustworthy; it’s that software development is difficult. Code bases can be massively complex, and that degree of complexity means there’s lots of room for error. Instituting software configuration management best practices, such as enforcing separation of duties, is the best way to avoid mistakes making their way into production code.

Enforce separation of duties automatically with ALM solutions

Separation of duties derives ultimately from the principle that complicated tasks should be overseen by a team of experts. Just as writers find it hardest to catch their own typos, developers often fail to notice errors in their own code. A fresh set of eyes at each stage is essential to ensure high-quality software. Drawing from these insights about human nature, Rocket Aldon Application Lifecycle Manager takes separation of duties as a management principle a step further. Aldon enforces separation of duties through automatic process control, ensuring that each code change passes through the proper channels--and not allowing developers to promote changes until authorized personnel sign off. With Rocket Aldon, project teams literally cannot publish code unless it’s been signed off by authorized personnel at each stage. 

Because compliance is built in, Rocket’s ALM solution simplifies audit prep and compliance reporting. Today’s project teams face a swarm of regulations, internal and external, and the ability to easily document changes, tests, and deployments offers teams an important competitive advantage. Rocket provides development teams detailed documentation of each and every code change, from start to finish, saving organizations precious time that would ordinarily be devoted to audit report-gathering. Rocket Aldon also offers precise version control, which enables project managers and quality assurance personnel to instantly see which coder made each change.

Improve IT-business alignment through separation of duties

Separation of duties isn’t just essential for quality assurance and overcoming regulatory hurdles. Rocket ALM also helps organizations achieve better alignment between IT and lines of business. Best practices suggest that IT and business managers should meet at the beginning of projects to agree on project specifications, then meet periodically throughout the application lifecycle to ensure that IT and business are on the same page. But best practices like these, designed to ensure business objectives are met, are often forgotten or pushed aside, leaving managers, customers, and developers alike frustrated with the final product. 

Rocket software configuration management tools, on the other hand, let you build in your organization’s best practices for meeting business objectives. Rocket Aldon provides management with detailed, top-down visibility of discrete coding tasks so that they can track progress and ensure that IT is on target and on schedule. To keep management better in touch with IT, Aldon tracks and reports on each task from its initial check-out to final authorization. Through this automatic tracking, Rocket also puts development teams better in touch with customer and business needs. When customer service gets word of a bug or a glitch, or when management decides they need to add a feature, they can add it to the Community Manager and monitor its progress through the development pipeline until it’s fixed or completed.

Whether you’re looking for  better quality assurance, easier compliance management, or more agile IT-business alignment, Rocket ALM has the features you need, with version control, built-in compliance, and automatic development and release processes. Together, Rocket’s software configuration management features help organizations deliver better software, fast.