Translating market requirements and customer requests into viable products is easily accomplished with effective change and configuration management. As the cornerstone of product development, it ensures that change is managed, implemented, analyzed and released properly throughout the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) .
Modern enterprises spend significant amounts of time, IT effort and financial resources trying to achieve clarity within a constantly-changing SDLC, in order to accelerate the process between customer request and solution delivery. But the disconnected nature of their data and teams means they still rely on manual processes and costly integrations that prevent them from achieving an efficient, reliable and repeatable software supply chain.
StarTeam provides a single source of change management for teams, tools and processes – regardless of whether your teams are co-located or geographically distributed. StarTeam can be integrated into the current environment and immediately deliver a connected view of the SDLC assets from other tools. This enables a full range of capabilities across all integrated assets.
Star Team offers much more than other Change Management solutions:
StarTeam is offered in two editions in order to best fit your organization’s needs. Both editions are capable of scaling from the very smallest projects all the way to some of the world’s largest source code repository deployments. The most significant addition found in the Enterprise Advantage Edition over the Enterprise Edition, is the inclusion of advanced remote caching technology to support highly distributed teams in potentially huge enterprise deployments.
While cost is definitely a major contributing factor to the increased use of open source tools in recent years, organizations are coming to realize that there are more factors at work as adoption increase. Some key considerations are highlighted below:
With the Borland Connector for Tasktop, StarTeam opens up a world of ALM tool interoperability possibilities, making it possible to unify ALM processes like never before. With over 40 ALM vendors supporting the Tasktop framework, streamlining your ALM environment is de-risked significantly. StarTeam supports the co-existence of both agile and waterfall based projects, content and process automation within the same shared repository.
Using the Borland Tasktop Connector with StarTeam, users will be able to federate SVN file repository content within StarTeam, allowing these files to co-exist alongside other existing StarTeam assets (including both file and change management assets). This adds the power of StarTeam's comprehensive change management capabilities to any number of SVN repositories and provides enterprise wide visibility and control for a mixed StarTeam/SVN environment.
With more disconnected open source repositories being deployed over time, organizations are facing a growing problem of increased complexity to maintain and collaborate across silo’ed tools and processes. Unchecked repository proliferation can easily introduce hidden opportunity costs and productivity decreases which a unified ALM solution such as StarTeam can overcome.
StarTeam provides consistent visibility into all artifacts of a release and are able to timewarp to get (and manipulate) that picture - applies to both Macro (full Release) and Micro (scoped from a specific process item and its traceability)
Management & team visibility
StarTeam increase management and team Visibility by providing consolidated snapshot that integrates all assets (file or process) of a project. This provides teams with direct access and visibility to project progress and all its artefacts (including change management artefacts) on any state at any point in time.
Flexibility to adapt to any process at any time through customizing the server components needed to support your best practice. Teams can define, store, manage, version and snapshot ANY process artefacts that they may require to develop their projects. Further increase usability by providing custom layouts so users with different technical profiles are able to easily access and interact with process artefacts through the web.
Reduced admin overhead & skill development
Reduce Cost of Administration (skill development across different tools, time managing different tools) by providing a centralized user management and access control solution across version control and process artefacts (bugs, tasks, requirements, custom)
Organizations often work with multiple vendors and tools. Get full control of your ALM process by using the integration capabilities of Star Team. View and manage multiple tools with a single solution.
Borland Connect is a tool used to synchronize item and relationship data between the StarTeam Server and other repositories or clients. Once data is synchronized into the StarTeam Server, all of the change management capabilities of StarTeam including versioning, branching, tracing, labelling and reporting can be deployed.
Available for download from the Borland Community, Borland Connect provides sample third party connectors via the installed samples folder and also provides a Java API which enables customers to easily define their own connector, creating a direct match for their chosen data repositories.
Integrate all your SDLC tools with Silk Central and get visibility from requirements, source control, testing and performance. Find out more about integration with Caliber, Borland's requirements solution and Silk Performer, our performance and load testing solution.
Borland Connect provides a plug-in framework for integrating your existing tools and assets into StarTeam. Get connected and take advantage of a robust and scalable platform for coordinating and managing the entire software delivery process, across diverse methodologies and distributed teams.
The SDLC process is highly complex, with many factors to delicately coordinate. This makes maintaining visibility and traceability across multiple repositories and regions and across geographically distributed teams almost impossible. So how do you resolve it for your customers with the use of a single tool?
This tool enables item and relationship data synchronization between the StarTeam Server and other repositories or clients. Change management capabilities of StarTeam are available in the data, once it is synchronized into the StarTeam Server. These include versioning, branching, tracing, labeling and reporting.
Acquiring consistent reporting and baselines across ALL of your software delivery assets has never been easier. Add StarTeam to your existing environment and use Borland Connect to integrate all of your teams, tools and assets for a consolidated view of the entire software delivery lifecycle.
New connectors are constantly being developed and published to the Borland Community. If a connector doesn’t yet exist for one of your tools, then the Borland Connect API can be used to create that connector quickly. Once plugged-in, each connector can be customized using a mapping file so that your exact environment of public and private tools is fully supported.
Add Borland Connect to create a suitable integrated SDLC environment. Any SDLC practitioner can now directly participate and contribute to the developer’s view of the world. Borland Connect introduces a single source of truth for StarTeam users over the disparate release environment.
Agile development has become mainstream, but finding ways to integrate Agile practices alongside more traditional approaches can prove frustrating, as developer freedom conflicts with management insight.
StarTeam users already realize the value of having a robust change management platform supporting their software delivery practices, giving much-needed visibility throughout the lifecycle.
With StarTeam’s Agile support, StarTeam users will find it easier than ever before to:
Our new agile product brings highly intuitive planning and tracking for all user stories, tasks, teams, sprints and more, in an easy-to-use interface that’s fully integrated with your existing StarTeam platform.
Agile tasks appear automatically in the developer’s IDE task list, generating traceability information the moment they are activated, enabling complete visibility into how tasks got executed, and their impact on other assets in your delivery lifecycle.
Automatic integration with your existing StarTeam server enables you to see all your existing projects, releases and teams from within the agile environment, removing the need for any manual intervention in keeping agile activities up to date.
StarTeam users understand that version control is not just about source code. Keeping on top of all delivery assets means knowing things like which version of a requirement links to any given version of source code, and in which release or build a user story was completed; only then can customers upgrade with confidence.
Aside from these benefits, which allow you to the make the most of your existing StarTeam processes and artefacts, your Agile teams will be able to carry out their work in a more effective and rewarding environment.
In this video, see how the StarTeam development team is using StarTeam’s new Agile functionality to support its own use of the product for backlog management, sprint planning and daily stand-ups. StarTeam Agile’s intuitive interface and built-in change management make it the perfect companion for your software delivery.
This video shows how, through StarTeam’s Agile support, StarTeam users can manage Agile backlogs, plan sprints and task out work so it appears automatically in the developer’s IDE. With comprehensive visibility of all Agile assets alongside existing software delivery assets, managing Agile teams has never been so easy... or so rewarding.
Date: December 2013
The release of StarTeam 14.1 adds Software Configuration Management (SCM) capabilities to Borland Connect, enabling unprecedented integration with existing SCM repositories. New connectors are now available for TFS, Jira and GIT.
With these connectors, organizations will be able to synchronize their assets and relationship data between StarTeam and other repositories or clients. Users will leverage the benefits of integrated data, manage distributed teams more effectively and take full advantage of StarTeam’s features, right across their synchronized solutions.
In addition, currency updates for Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012 and Windows 8 have been made across the product. Features have been added to improve usability, performance and ease of administration. For more information on these and other new features, see the StarTeam 14.1 ‘What’s New’ document.
Date: August 2013
The release of StarTeam 14 introduces ‘Borland Connect’, an innovation enabling customers to integrate their current tools using either pre-built downloadable connectors or a Java API.
With these connectors, organizations will be able to synchronize their assets and relationship data between StarTeam and other repositories or clients.
Users will leverage the benefits of integrated data, manage distributed teams more effectively and take full advantage of StarTeam’s features, right across their synchronized solutions.
There’s more on this, and other new release features, in the StarTeam 14 ‘What’s New’ document.
Date: 28 September 2012
StarTeam 13.0 makes it possible for development teams to access a rich unified repository of version controlled files, change requests, tasks, topical discussions, requirements and any number of custom defined asset types in a single tool. With the addition of StarTeam Agile, it is now possible to combine agile team management support with the rich change management environment of StarTeam.
The combined solution provides support for the integration, interoperability and co-existence of several ALM and IDE tools, in order to create a valuable “single source of the truth” for any development team, regardless of size, distribution or methodology.
Date: May 2012
StarTeam 12.5 includes new capabilities to extend the support for open source co-existence and agile team management, including the ability to federate Subversion content. Key new capabilities in StarTeam 12.5:
Come back to this page for updates and events around the launch, and also for details of how you can participate in the ‘Agile for StarTeam’ beta program which includes a host of Scrum-like planning and management capabilities.
This release increases and extends interoperability of application lifecycle management tools and asset types across software development teams. It extends the types of ALM assets which an organization can place under management, giving it access to a larger and potentially much more valuable repository. Including the new Borland Connector for Tasktop adds complete ALM tool interoperability, making it possible for a more diverse group of ALM practitioners to directly participate and contribute to the developer's work scope.
StarTeam 12.0 automatically connects developers and their code to any other change management item, so teams can fully participate in the flow of software delivery to end users.
Webinar date: 7th February 2012
This webinar introduces Tasktop as a key Borland partner enabling ALM interoperability for StarTeam across a host of lifecycle tools. Featuring Mik Kersten, CEO and founder of Tasktop, who explains the value of joining forces with Borland and what customers stand to gain from the superior traceability, visibility and synchronization provided by using the Borland Connector for Tasktop. The recording features a live demo.
Research group InfoTech released a new vendor landscape report in February of 2012, evaluating “Agile ALM” vendors. The report firmly places Borland (a Micro Focus company) as a leading vendor in the ‘champions’ quadrant of their evaluation and describes Borland as an ‘ALM-focused vendor that provides strong support for its product.
Open source tools are widely used to support ALM processes for a number of reasons. While there is a perception of low cost, organizations face potential new problems of disconnected tools, broken processes and out of sync teams.
This is where StarTeam helps by enabling organizations to choose to either streamline a hybrid tool environment through tool co-existence capabilities, or transition to a simplified and consolidated repository. The central Change Management hub provides cross-tool and process visibility. StarTeam de-risks repository proliferation while supporting ALM interoperability and co-existence with open source ALM tools.
Interoperability with Subversion has become an important goal for Borland as part of our open Source co-existence strategy. With the Borland Connector for Tasktop, StarTeam opens up a world of ALM tool interoperability possibilities, making it possible to unify ALM processes like never before. With StarTeam, users are able to federate SVN repository content within StarTeam, enabling these files to co-exist alongside other existing StarTeam assets (both file and change management assets). This will effectively add a change management layer on top of existing SVN deployments, as well as adding significant support for geographically distributed team collaboration.