ALM market rolls along with CodeGear sale
January 2, 2009 —
While ALM 2.0 had the market abuzz in 2007, last year was quieter, marked by updates to established tools.
Embarcadero Technologies gave the market something to talk about in May when it acquired Borland’s CodeGear division for US$23 million. Gartner analyst Jim Duggan said in the wake of the sale that there had been some friction between Borland’s ALM and CodeGear IDE groups, noting that while ALM is a high-cost, low-volume market, CodeGear’s IDEs were low-cost and high-volume.
Early in the year, CollabNet rolled out a new version of its CUBiT build, integration and testing software. The release added support for mixed-mode deployment, which chunks infrastructure so it can be used for various needs, including development, testing and QA, staging, and production. CollabNet also released SourceForge Enterprise 5.0, offering new project page features, such as nested pages and dynamic, portlet-like components, that let developers model and document their process phases.
MKS Software revamped its integration with Eclipse, adding the ability to refactor operations, which MKS said is a common activity in agile development. The improved integration also brought change packages, which connect change management workflow to source code so developers can manage change and switch between tasks easily.
Perforce Software focused on visual differencing functionality this year in its software configuration management product. An image diffing feature can work on multiple platforms and lets users compare a changed image to an unchanged image in a side-by-side form via the Perforce Visual Client.
Seapine Software updated Surround SCM; the software configuration manager now includes integration with Eclipse 3.3, JetBrains' IntelliJ IDEA 6.0 and 7.0, and Sun Microsystems’ NetBeans. The revision’s Visual Studio integration added the ability to create labels, merge files and set the file workflow state from within the shortcut menu.
Serena Software began the year by creating SaaS versions of its Business Mashups suite, which lets developers automate business processes, and its Mariner project- and portfolio-management suite. The company then created what it calls Rich Interface Mashups, which tie widgets, RSS feeds and Flash components into Serena mashups to let users coordinate activities such as business meetings and development projects without having to write code.
TechExcel made a midyear addition to its DevSuite, adding the DevSpec requirements manager. The new version also brought a library of guides to help developers use such methodologies as Scrum; feature-driven development, championed by the Agile Alliance; and iterative development, which separates system functionality into iterations.
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