CollabNet: Unlocking the True Potential of ALM

Does the mere integration of various resources and functionalities establish technological growth and value for an enterprise? Unlikely. It is a futile initiative to actuate a software development process without a platform to facilitate collaboration of tools and services. The absence of such a collaborative platform can mean misuse of resources and lack of clarity in realizing the connection between systems. Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is the answer to this growing concern, and by leveraging the scope of this technology, companies can seamlessly build an organized software infrastructure. ALM enables enterprises to create a framework to realize the value of complete software and systems development efforts. This is exactly what CollabNet aims to achieve—unlocking ALM capabilities for businesses of all sizes. CollabNet, headquartered in South San Francisco, California, essentially delivers cloud-based ALM solutions for collaborative agile software delivery at scale.

By utilizing CollabNet’s agile consulting and training services, enterprises across the world become capable of developing and deploying software faster. The company’s flagship product, TeamForge, has been instrumental in providing customers with an open and expandable collaborative software creation and delivery platform to enhance application release efficiency across larger, distributed teams. Customers across industries gain better governance with enhanced visibility and traceability across the software development lifecycle by leveraging TeamForge’s ALM competence. “Today, ALM platforms are proving most valuable by providing the governance, management and coordination for every stage of development, deployment and release,” remarks Flint Brenton, CEO, CollabNet.

Riding a Wave of Collaborative Capabilities

Partnering with CollabNet, enterprises can access several collaborative capabilities to address their ALM needs. CollabNet’s ecosystem of products not only swiftly deliver higher value applications for clients, but also improve developer experience while preserving enterprise-grade compliance, governance, and IP security across all source code-related activities.

“Enterprises are striving to create quality software at speed. TeamForge uniquely connects the people, tools, technologies, and methodologies across the software development lifecycle,” expresses Brenton. CollabNet’s patented TeamForge platform assists and inspires development and delivery teams globally by providing them with the tools to effectively collaborate and share expertise, best practices, and code. The platform leverages several integrated open source and commercial tools like JIRA, Git, Jenkins, Nexus, and Chef to connect cross-functional teams, while maintaining visibility, streamlining compliance, and safeguarding the code. TeamForge SCM (Software Configuration Management) is an extended platform developed on the original TeamForge software that enables enterprises to access the benefits of distributed (Git) or centralized version control systems like Subversion and Concurrent Versions System. TeamForce SCM allows businesses to effortlessly maintain compliance, governance, and IP security standards, so that they can concentrate more on the revenue generating activities.

Collabnet has expanded the TeamForge platform by integrating its capabilities with their cloud platform, CloudForge—allowing organizations to elastically scale their teams, projects, and processes. CloudForge is CollabNet’s cloud initiative that acts as a single, secure platform to code, connect, and deploy applications swiftly.


CollabNet’s patented TeamForge platform assists and inspires development and delivery teams globally by providing them with the tools to effectively collaborate and share expertise, best practices, and code


Customers can leverage CloudForge’s collaborative cloud development capabilities to rapidly provision, integrate, and manage their development tools, while deploying code to public and private clouds. Brett Kelts, CTO, TestMasters—a provider of LSAT preparation services— expresses, “I've been working with CloudForge for over five years. Their exceptional personal service is what has kept me with the organization for all this time. I expect our relationship to continue for many years to come.”

Apart from the TeamForge and CloudForge suite of solutions, CollabNet provides several other services, delivering value for their clients. The company’s GitEye software integrates planning, tracking, code reviewing, and building tools for enterprises; enabling them to gain full access to any repository on the servers or in the cloud. Additionally, the software allows companies to review and take action through an intuitive graphical interface, and seamlessly integrate with TeamForge, GitHub, Jenkins, Bugzilla, Trac, and JIRA. The GitEye software provides clients with everything they require on a single platform, rendering intuitive graphical interface with powerful visualization and history management features. Meanwhile, Collabnet’s Subversion Edge was developed to simplify Subversion installation, allowing clients to manage complex cases and users in a centralized and easy manner. Moreover, the software’s single installation feature coupled with intuitive user environment is exceedingly advantageous for enterprises.

ScrumWorksPro, on the other hand, has been built to enhance team productivity through utilization of robust, scalable, and simple agile planning capabilities. Users are acquainted with the agile development approach, while ensuring enterprise-grade security and scalability. CollabNet suite of applications penetrates multiple sectors such as government, financial services, and healthcare, delivering collaborate capabilities to address the complex needs of ALM-based projects.

Revamping Software Infrastructure for Enterprises

Businesses of all sizes, at every level are looking for solutions to improve communication and collaboration across teams and help them efficiently manage projects. Philips Medical Systems, a supplier of imaging equipment and related healthcare services, confronted difficulty due to the absence of such a scalable and integrated solution in their enterprise. Philips experienced difficulty in managing collaboration and communication across multiple teams and reporting lines.Moreover, the product ecosystem exhibited the lack of a common development platform, coupled with the deprivation of flexibility in patching platform components.
Philips, having noticed this shortcoming, adopted an open source approach for internal software development and deployed TeamForge. CollabNet’s capabilities enabled the organization to support the transformation without disrupting existing processes. “CollabNet’s managed service provides better security and availability than Philips’ internal engineering support groups can at the same cost level,” states Jan Broekhuizen, Program Manager, Medical Imaging Platform, Philips.

"Today, ALM platforms are proving most valuable by providing the governance, management and coordination for every stage of development, deployment and release"

The colossal potential of TeamForge has helped Philips enhance development efficiencies, create synergy between end products, improve quality and reliability, and decrease time to market. By standardizing their software development infrastructure on the TeamForge platform, Philips has been able to simplify communication, project management, and version control for about 25 software engineering groups in more than 10 businesses, spread over three continents. Philips is just one of the several companies where CollabNet’s advanced ALM capabilities has not just increased efficiency of developing and managing apps, but has also transformed business processes as a whole.

Amalgamation of ALM and Agile

CollabNet strives to bridge the gap between the elements governing software development and maintenance projects by furnishing collaborative capabilities. Business processes can be streamlined based on ALM, cloud migration, and adoption of agile development methodologies. Enterprises seek access to collaborative tools such as version control, issue tracking, file storage, and agile management; but simply installing them in an enterprise setup is barely sufficient. These tools need to run on a single platform such that anyone within the enterprise can access the features. With an efficient training curriculum that incorporates industry-proven techniques, Collabnet is adept at steering business ahead.

"Enterprises are striving to create quality software at speed. TeamForge uniquely connects the people, tools, technologies, and methodologies across the software development lifecycle"

Brenton and his team are transforming how businesses perceive the ALM space by showing them the agile-based ALM approach of developing, deploying, and maintaining software lifecycles. The collaborative approach dictates a comprehensive set of rules for developing and maintaining software, where solutions are built by engaging the combined efforts of different teams across domains. By integrating the ALM platform with existing business practices, organizations can realize the benefits of planning, development, and improvement in the software development space. The company’s efforts over the years at innovating in the ALM arena, along with integration of cloud and agile methodology, are truly compelling. Looking to tomorrow, CollabNet continues to march ahead with the same zeal and objective to drive innovation, while leading by example for startups venturing into the ALM arena.

Company
CollabNet

Headquarters
South San Francisco, CA

Management
Flint Brenton, CEO

Description
Delivers ALM solutions for enterprise software agility and governance