Serena wants to be the modern alternative to Git and Subversion. The company just announced the latest version of Dimensions CM, its software change and configuration management tool, with features developers won’t find from open-source vendors like Git and Subversion, said the company.

The release of Dimensions CM 14 focuses on solving complex distributed parallel development, poor code review and inspection, lack of health and quality indicators, and poor visibility from geographically distributed teams.

“We’ve innovated Dimensions CM to enable development teams to visualize the health and quality of the changes they are making to the code so they can increase their software velocity and show the quality of what they are delivering,” said Ashley Owen, director of product marketing at Serena Software.

One of the major features Dimensions CM 14 now provides is change and branch visualization. The visualization gives developers real-time visibility into the health and quality of their code. According to Owen, developers don’t get a visual display of all development activities across the development team in Git or Subversion unless they build it.

(Related: Git 2.0.0 is released)

“Sure there is branch visualization, but there isn’t a great deal of change and branch visualization,” Owen said. “We believe understanding the change, the health of the change in terms of the branch and merge concepts can significantly minimize conflicts, reduce reworks and increase velocity.”

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