In November 2012, we updated the Application Lifecycle Management competency to support the launch of Visual Studio 2012.  Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is a set of processes, practices and tools used to manage the lifecycle of an application from design to deployment and support.  ALM is becoming essential for organizations whose applications need to continually evolve to cost-effectively adapt to market needs. Visual Studio 2012 consists of major additional ALM features and was positioned by Gartner as a clear leader in its ALM Solution Magic Quadrant (see ALM: Overview | Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 for details).

The ALM competency recognizes partner expertise in helping customers define, improve and manage their development lifecycle leveraging the powerful ALM features of Microsoft Visual Studio. Whether you sell, design, or deploy ALM projects based on Visual Studio solutions, the ALM competency will help position your expertise clearly in the market and expand your role as a trusted expert.
In addition, the ALM competency provides you with additional benefits that can help you grow your business and win new deals. These benefits include:
  • Visual Studio Ultimate MSDN subscriptions to learn, train and demo the solution;
  • Eligibility to deliver Development Tools Deployment Planning Services to demonstrate the value of the Visual Studio ALM solution to your customers; and
  • Pre-sales and deployment advisory hours to help your organization win opportunities and execute projects.
The updated ALM competency relies on new exams that are part of the new MCSD certification delivered by Microsoft Learning. Industry recognized credentials from the Project Management Institute or the community are also valid to earn this competency.
You can find more details about the requirements and great benefits of this competency on the MPN website where a specific ALM competency guide is also available.
Additionally the Learning Path in the Partner Learning Center guides you and your team to the critical training needed to ramp success driving ALM with Visual Studio.
Best of luck driving quality ALM solutions and we appreciate your engagement!