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)
The StarTeam repository often serves as the ‘single source of truth’ for all development related activities and assets. The following are some of the key integrations that make this possible.
By federating Subversion file content into StarTeam, users can effectively add change tracking and distributed development support to their SVN repositories. Interoperability and a unified view across your combined file and change management assets provide clarity and control for your environment. Open source co-existence and distributed team collaboration with SVN has never been this easy or powerful.
The StarTeam Connector for Tasktop provides Eclipse, Visual Studio and external ALM system integration for StarTeam. Development teams get advanced traceability, visibility and reporting through task driven IDE work. They stay focused on developing software as all requirements, bugs, tasks, and relevant source files are brought directly to them and managed within their IDE. When used in conjunction with Tasktop Sync, organizations gain cross-tool interoperability for over 40 ALM tools.StarTeam Connector for Tasktop datasheetBorland connector page at tasktop.com
Now you can synchronize defects between the StarTeam Change Request component and the Quality Center Defect Tracking module. Your teams get access to the latest information about defects, whether they come from Quality Center or StarTeam.
Expose all StarTeam artefacts – including source code, defects and tasks, as well as any customizations and enforced processes – to the Eclipse developer. Eclipse IDE integration also enforces process item traceability to source code from within the Team Synchronizer view, increasing management visibility into development activity.
StarTeam integration with Visual Studio exposes the StarTeam software configuration management capabilities within the Visual Studio development environment. It enables developers to develop applications in the Visual Studio environment while using the version control, change request, topic, task, and requirement component assets hosted within StarTeam.
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.
With our ALM solution, ideas can start as a change request in either StarTeam or CaliberRM, become a testable requirement in CaliberRM, get attached to test scripts in SilkCentral Test Manager, and then trace back to StarTeam for any resultant defects. This provides us with unparalleled clarity into our development and testing lifecycle.
– Emerson Sklar, System engineer, InvertixDownload Case Study
An integrated solution has been core to our modernization efforts by allowing us to ensure requirements are fully captured and fully tested and, post modernization, our production support information is always current so we can easily assess the impact of ongoing change. We depend on Borland solutions to enable this capability.
— Joel Levinson, MAXIMUS Canada CEO
MAXIMUS uses StarTeam to address the challenges associated with operating mission critical health delivery systems. Integrated repositories for requirements, test cases, and code increases confidence that requirements are fully covered by tests, reducing rework.Download Case Study
Of all the major Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) providers, we were most impressed by Borland's ability to focus on our business needs. The ease at which their solution was integrated with our existing tools and processes, combined with the low total cost of ownership ensured Borland was by far the best option for us.
— Dr. Carl Taylor, IT Director, QinetiQ
As QinetiQ's new intellectual property is developed by highly focused but separate teams the company uses StarTeam to provide a standardized approach to requirements management, software development and testing.Download Case Study
StarTeam and the utilities written using the software development kit completely automate our build process, which removes costly human error and eliminates bottlenecks…I can write a utility that automates the process, reducing the time a task such as our quote process takes - from hours to minutes - a dramatic improvement in efficiency
— Scott Duckworth, Senior Developer, AQS, Inc.
StarTeam helped AQS, Inc. improve efficiency. Tasks that previously took hours were achieved in minutes, and human errors were reduced leading to a 30% reduction in rebuilds.Download Case Study
Industry research shows that on average IT projects overrun by some 84% in terms of time and 56% in terms of cost. Through working with Borland we have been able to significantly improve our software delivery performance.
— Nigel Reed, Head of Technology Delivery, Met Office
As one of only two World Area Forecast Centres, the Met Office is one of the world's leading providers of environmental and weather-related services.Download Case Study
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.
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.
StarTeam Agile 1.0 key features, benefits and system requirements.
Today’s release process involves a broad mix of contributors, including testing and development teams. The integration of Borland StarTeam® and HP Quality Center via the StarTeam Synchronizer aids collaboration among diverse teams of stakeholders. With the StarTeam synchronizer for HP Quality Center, testers constantly stay in sync with the development team as they share information and progress updates. To read more about the benefits and system requirements of the StarTeam Synchronizer for HP Quality Center Integration, download the datasheet.Download
The Borland Connector for Tasktop provides Eclipse, Visual Studio and external ALM system integration for StarTeam. The connector gives StarTeam development teams advanced traceability, visibility and reporting across development activity in the IDE via Tasktop Dev and across several ALM systems via Tasktop Sync. This product datasheet covers the key features and benefits of the new integrations.