The Software Engineering field is relatively new. However, in this less time advanced and scientific approaches for software development have been overwhelming. The use of software proliferated back in the late 70’s and sometime in early 80’s. At the same time, programming languages too evolved from assembly languages to advanced level, methodical and object oriented languages. This led software development professionals and experts in universities and industry look for ways and means to enhance reliability and quality of their products. The outcome of this was the advent and improvement of software development life cycle (SDLC) and other formal development techniques based on SDLC. 

However, the prevailing technological trends started to change earlier in this decade and more reasonable software development platforms started becoming accessible to SME’s.

Companies focused on development and popularity of open-source technology stack and the way it enables SME’s to resort to web based software. Today most SME’s increasingly use web based applications along with high end mobile applications to carry on with their daily tasks and operations. In today’s environment advanced and innovative software applications are becoming an integral part of business operations, both regular as well as crucial. Therefore it is essential that SME’s grasp the relevance of Software Development Lifecycle and the value it can add to business. The main objective of advanced SDLC solutions are to:-

· Assure the delivery of high end software applications

· Offer adequate management controls and reporting

· Increase productivity and offer timely delivery

Eminent service providers of ALM tools have come with efficient SDLC solutions having certain key features such as:-

· 100% Web-based

· Multiple input capturing methods

· Traceability relationships

· Process automation

· Multiple reporting options

This is not all.

These service providers make sure that SDLC solutions benefit their clients keeping in mind their organization requirements. The core competencies of such solutions include the following:-

· Proven framework offering uniform methods, designs, operations and results

· Maximized productivity

· Enforces planning and control with total management reporting

· Facilitates Interaction and proper information exchange

· Improved team collaboration across the Web

· Easy monitoring and maintenance

However, it is essential to remember that SDLC is not a technical document. Simply put, it is a process document. Hence it is not a technically challenging read making most readers understanding the basic approach to software development. The effort and time invested in understanding SDLC will certainly prove worthwhile for any business.

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