CollabNet, the leader in Agile development in the Cloud, today announced the availability of CollabNet TeamForge 6.1, the latest version of the company’s award-winning Agile software development platform. TeamForge 6.1 enables the adoption of Agile methods across large-scale enterprises by dramatically speeding Subversion file and code sharing across globally distributed teams, automating governance for large-scale communities, providing resources that enable social coding, and offering enterprise-grade tools. This set of breakthrough platform configuration capabilities delivers up to 70% faster time-to-market by codifying the Agile software development and organizational management practices that CollabNet’s customers have implemented over the past decade. For a detailed product description and other information, visit www.open.collab.net/products/ctf/ctf6.1.html.
“Our interviews with application development professionals revealed that scaling Agility is a common issue—and that scaling Agile practices requires implementing tools,” stated the May 2010 report by Forrester Research, Inc. “The Forrester Wave: Agile Development Management Tools, Q2 2010,” written by Dave West and Jeffrey Hammond. “This is particularly true when the team is spread across many locations and is working on many projects.”
Subversion Replication for High Performance
CollabNet TeamForge 6.1 includes a major architectural enhancement that overcomes enterprise WAN networking inefficiencies to deliver LAN-like performance. Users can check out large Subversion binaries and code in minutes rather than hours at distributed locations around the world. TeamForge 6.1 enables project teams to locally install CollabNet Subversion Edge and replicate repositories from the master TeamForge 6.1 Subversion server with just a few clicks. CollabNet is the only Agile ALM vendor that has leveraged the published and proven Subversion APIs to overcome these corporate network latency issues and enable local teams to perform resource-intensive ALM functions such as continuous builds and large Subversion file reads and writes while collaborating with the rest of the project team. In addition, the TeamForge 6.1 replication integration to Subversion Edge uses a distributed architecture to deliver high availability, fault tolerance, and load balancing while maintaining a central point of truth for governance and audit across all of the Subversion SCM repositories in the enterprise. CollabNet is the founder of the Subversion open source project and remains its principal corporate sponsor.
Automated Governance for Large-Scale Communities
TeamForge 6.1 uniquely enables organizations to map their software projects and IT assets to their business and product lines as “micro sites,” driving IP reuse and providing management and teams with cross-organization insight. Companies can organize their projects in flexible hierarchies, with automatic inheritance of permissions and roles and re-use of global project templates. These micro-sites can be instantly provisioned for new development projects, eliminating traditional manual processes for on-boarding of team members and codifying rules for software delivery. Permissions, roles, and templates are controlled centrally, across projects and programs, ensuring enterprise-wide security and process compliance.
Social Coding for the Enterprise
TeamForge 6.1 provides the three essential components needed to drive Cloud-based collaborative software development and deployment: ALM development tools, integrated collaboration tools, and the ability to organize and collaborate across projects within a community forge structure. TeamForge enables social coding to flourish in even the largest, most distributed enterprises, increasing asset re-use, knowledge sharing, and efficiency. Micro-site content can be dynamically updated through Web publishing, and improved social coding collaboration is enabled with discussion threads, RSS support and Wikis, now featuring a rich set of community-developed utilities. Social content is automatically correlated with defects and project artifacts, driving traceability and software reuse.
Enterprises with more than 50,000 distributed TeamForge users, collaborating securely within and outside of the organization, have created an unprecedented set of organized software development and deployment project data within a single enterprise Cloud. A new TeamForge reporting and metrics framework, now featuring an open and accessible datamart, providesexecutives and teams alike with valuable insight and the ability to flexibly search, discover, and report on trends and artifacts within and across projects and programs. Change and defect tracker functionality has been greatly enhanced to meet complex enterprise needs. In addition, TeamForge functionality is now accessible from within Microsoft Outlook, expanding the organization’s distributed development community.