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Amidst a barrage of marketing messages centering on showboating "unprecedented visibility and traceability" features, CollabNet's ALM view broadens this month with the latest version of TeamForge. This product claims to span team locations, tools, and processes as it integrates with individual teams' favorite point tools and offers flexible process templates.

There is a collaboration architecture here that allows mapping of business lines and enterprise technology architectures into categories, groups, and projects to drive global visibility and organizational improvement.

New reporting features take advantage of the platform's ability to gather development activities in real time and now extend that data through role-based dashboards and customizable reporting capabilities for managers and development teams.

Additionally, the new version of TeamForge includes Agile planning and tracking features to help to (hopefully) make teams more effective; also here, a deeper integration with Git/Gerrit helps teams securely adopt the most popular open source SCM tool.

"For large organizations seeking greater agility, there is growing realization that workgroup point tools and monolithic ALM platforms don't scale to the heterogeneous mix of tools and processes used across the modern application delivery lifecycle in the software connected world," said Bill Portelli, cofounder and CEO for CollabNet.

"TeamForge continues to evolve to meet the needs of customers that are connecting disparate tools and processes across interconnected applications into a single, collaborative platform to streamline efforts and gain insights into their efforts. This open, federated approach together with TeamForge's collaboration architecture leads to a more agile response to market demands by accelerating software releases and the ability to scale Agile and DevOps initiatives."

TeamForge 7.2 is available now and includes the following new enhancements: New Lifecycle Metric Reports: A major new enhancement to TeamForge includes a full audit trail with visibility across all projects in a global organization — from "upstream agile" to "downstream ALM"; i.e., an "Idea", be it a requirement, User Story, or task through to a deployed package in production. For instance, Cycle Time report Types tells management "how long" it takes its global project teams to translate requirements and tasks to build, test, stage, and produce deployments. Velocity Report Types provides management with a view as to "how much" work their global teams perform by providing insights such as task and issue burn down/up charts, commits, and builds per day/week/month, deployment frequency, and more. Finally, Community Metric Reports provide organizations with a measure of "team engagement", allowing management to measure how often the projects and tools are being accessed by global workgroups.

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