Application lifecycle management tools: A buyer's guide to ALM software
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TeamForge application lifecycle management (ALM) is a comprehensive software development and delivery platform that helps companies and government agencies using Java, Python or Ruby programming languages create and optimize enterprise applications on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.6 and 7.1, CentOS 6.6 and 7.1 and SUSE 11SP2 operating systems. TeamForge also provides fine-grained access control capabilities and credentialed access to all IP assets to maintain and optimize security.
While maintaining contextual visibility and traceability across tool chains and retaining project and event context, TeamForge integrates third-party commercial and open source software development tools such as JIRA, Jenkins, HP Quality Center and Git/Gerrit. TeamForge supports development methodologies like Agile, Waterfall and a hybrid approach, and CollabNet boasts that TeamForge is the sole platform to offer both centralized (Subversion/SVN) and distributed (Git) version control systems. For projects working in either Agile or hybrid development environments, TeamForge features include reports on average velocity across iterations and a release rundown, filtering inside planning folders and task auto-assignment. Users can define and measure projects across multiple user-configured trackers and delegate tasks using planning folders, releases and teams. TeamForge's visual organization tools include a full range of workflow, Agile and Kanban boards.
Throughout the development cycle, TeamForge displays multiple branches in a repository so that tasks can be assigned with transparency, facilitating discussion among users, who can view all branches and their relation to the main branch, compare branch features, and highlight commit deltas between local, remote and master branches. Cross-project reporting with drill-down capabilities includes the following reports: build, commit and test activity; activity over time; build activity by project; commits by user; and file changes over time. With granular traceability and the ability to report on multi-stage activities, users can compartmentalize and visually monitor objects and events. The platform's search, discovery and traceability features let users monitor simultaneous projects and communicate. Additional communication features include community, wiki, document and discussion board tools. TeamForge is available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
TeamForge ALM can be purchased directly from CollabNet in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Africa, or through business partners in the Asia-Pacific region. Annual or multiyear licenses are available for $695 per user, per year. Volume discount bundles are available, and a full version is available for a 30-day free trial.
For an extra fee, as annual or multiyear subscriptions, CollabNet offers three tiers of support: silver, gold and platinum. Support tier costs are calculated as a percentage of the product licensing at 18%, 22% and 25%, respectively. The silver tier includes email support eight hours a day, five days a week; two named contacts; and an allotment of 74 cases annually. The gold tier includes email and phone support 24 hours a day, five days a week; five named contacts and an allotment of 120 cases annually. The platinum tier includes email, phone, and live chat support 24 hours a day, seven days a week; 10 named contacts; and an unlimited annual case allotment.
For software as a service (SaaS) licenses in any support tier, CollabNet offers 24-hour, seven-day system health monitoring. CollabNet issues uptime guarantees of 99%, 99.5% and 99.9%, respective of support tier. SaaS customers can also order optional additions that include disaster recovery plans and a virtual private disk. Prospective customers can contact CollabNet's support staff to customize a support package. TeamForge 8.1 is the latest version of CollabNet's ALM software.
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