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November 29, 2011
Tasktop extends Borland StarTeam change management features across the enterprise via ALM synchronization and IDE integrations with Eclipse and Visual Studio
VANCOUVER, BC Nov. 29, 2011 – Tasktop Technologies (www.tasktop.com), creators of Eclipse Mylyn and a global leader in ALM integration and developer tools, and Micro Focus (LSE:MCRO.L), the leading provider of enterprise application modernization, testing and management solutions, today announced the Tasktop Borland StarTeam Connector. The new connector, available for both Tasktop Dev and Tasktop Sync, provides access to Micro Focus’ Borland StarTeam change management assets from within Eclipse or Visual Studio, and enables complete synchronization of ALM servers from multiple vendors and open source projects.
The two companies are demonstrating the Tasktop Borland StarTeam Connector at the Gartner Application Architecture, Development and Integration Summit, Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 in Las Vegas (http://www.gartner.com/technology/summits/na/applications/).
“Tasktop, Borland and now Micro Focus have a shared vision of putting the developer at the center of ALM,” said Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop and creator of the open source Eclipse Mylyn project. “We first started working together by way of Borland’s past contributions to the Eclipse Mylyn project. Today, we’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Micro Focus, a leader in developer-centric ALM tools. With the integrations that we’re releasing today, StarTeam customers will get a first-class Eclipse and Visual Studio experience via Tasktop Dev and can integrate StarTeam with a broad range of third party and open source Agile and ALM solutions supported by Tasktop Sync.”
Developer productivity is increasingly being obstructed due to interruptions and the need to leave the IDE to update status and complete work. Even with the best intentions, developers often forget to relate the code they have changed to the task they were working on. With the Tasktop Dev Borland StarTeam Connector, developers’ work is automatically linked to the task, defect, requirement or custom artifact that the developer was focused on. With Tasktop Sync, enterprise teams using Borland StarTeam can integrate and synchronize mixed and best-of-breed ALM stacks, including HP ALM and HP Quality Center, IBM Rational Team Concert, and two dozen other leading Agile, ALM, and open source tools. It provides single-source traceability and reporting across the tools used for enterprise Agile ALM planning, software development and quality management.
Key benefits of Tasktop Borland StarTeam Connector include:
• Consolidated Visibility: With Tasktop Sync, organizations can now view all artifacts, custom or otherwise, from third-party tools, bringing them into the same unified presentation as native StarTeam artifacts.
• Development Efficiency: With Tasktop Dev, developers are able to stay in their IDE where they are most productive, but still participate in the processes and workflows that management needs.
• Increased Visibility for Management: More accurate and frequent developer status and time reporting provides management with increased visibility for project planning.
• Enhanced Traceability: Organizations now have the flexibility to create traceability between StarTeam source code and change management artifacts and assets in third-party systems as needed to fit existing processes.
• ALM Synchronization: StarTeam is now supported by the industry-standard Eclipse Mylyn ALM interoperability framework which provides real-time synchronization, configurable automatic conflict resolution, and support for more than two dozen ALM tools’ tracking and reporting facilities.
“We are pleased to announce our collaboration with Tasktop around the Borland StarTeam Connector, which augments our next release of StarTeam 12.0 with new capabilities that are often requested by our customers,” said Archie Roboostoff, Borland Portfolio Director at Micro Focus. “Micro Focus is committed to delivering leading edge developer experience, productivity and ALM solution interoperability and we see Tasktop as a key partner in extending StarTeam’s capabilities in these areas.”
The Tasktop Borland StarTeam Connector, both through Tasktop Dev and Tasktop Sync, will go into general availability on 16 Dec 2011. For more information please visit (http://tasktop.com/borland-starteam). To read the announcement blog post on the Tasktop Borland StarTeam Connector please visit: (http://tasktop.com/blog/eclipse/borland-starteam).
About Micro Focus
Micro Focus, a member of the FTSE 250, provides innovative software that allows companies to dramatically improve the business value of their enterprise applications. Micro Focus Enterprise Application Modernization, Testing and Management software enables customers’ business applications to respond rapidly to market changes and embrace modern architectures with reduced cost and risk. For additional information please visit www.microfocus.com (www.microfocus.com) .
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About Tasktop Technologies
Tasktop Technologies aims to transform the productivity of software delivery by unifying Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and empowering developers with task-focused tools. Tasktop invented the task-focused interface and created the popular Eclipse Mylyn project, which transformed the developer’s IDE experience to center around ALM tool-based collaboration. Building on top of Mylyn, Tasktop has been unifying the ALM landscape with its broad ecosystem of ALM partnerships that connect disparate tools from leading Agile, enterprise ALM and open source offerings. Tasktop’s Task Federation™ technology builds on this ecosystem to unify heterogeneous ALM stacks by allowing developers, testers and managers to work within their best-of-breed tools of choice, while automatically maintaining traceability and visibility across ALM artifacts. The company’s Tasktop Sync provides the only real-time bidirectional and fully automated synchronization between ALM servers. Tasktop Dev is the developer-centric ALM interface for the Eclipse and Visual Studio IDEs, making it dramatically easier for developers to work and collaborate, while keeping ALM tools up-to-date with development activity. For more information visit http://tasktop.com
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