LAFAYETTE, CALIF. – January 31, 2011 – TechExcel Inc., a leading provider of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), has announced the release of DevSuite version 8.3. This ground breaking release provides a complete and integrated platform for integrated requirements management, project planning, development tracking and QA testing. While each of these software development lifecycle modules were previously accessible via individual Windows and Web clients, now all of the DevSuite ALM tools can be easily accessed through a single sign-on portal, DevSuite Web.

“The DevSuite Web enhancement to our ALM suite provides development teams with a high-caliber web portal for complete access to all our tools’ features via a powerful online interface.” said Tieren Zhou, TechExcel CEO and Chief Software Architect. “Now the entire development process is linked and each team has insight into their portion of the process as well as how it affects and is affected by other projects. Additionally, version 8.3 improves the usability, look and feel of the Web user interface by adding layered pop-up dialog boxes, right-click menus and drag-and-drop functionality to provide a software solution that is easy and enjoyable to use.”

Both Agile and Non-Agile Teams Benefit from DevSuite:

TechExcel continues to respond to the trend of how development teams are adopting Agile methods. “We have learned from our own customers that as teams become Agile, they are adapting Agile processes to fit their needs. We believe ALM solutions must mature to meet the

demands of real-world Agile environments”, said Zhou. DevSuite enables organizations to practice Agile development while incorporating traditional elements into their processes. Teams are able to use the methodology that makes the best sense for each piece of the development project.

DevSuite 8.3 provides value to both Agile and non-Agile teams alike. Storyboard views for the product backlog and development work items offer unique insight when planning and reviewing development sprints or iterations, and the enhanced burndown and time spent (burn-up) reports provide valuable information about development progress. Developer schedules are now available in both the Tracking and Planning areas of DevSuite, with an improved Gantt chart and workload view for project planning and resource management.

What’s New in DevSuite 8.3

In addition to DevSuite Web, the latest version of TechExcel’s award-winning ALM software suite includes:

  • Web GUI improvements across all ALM modules
  • DevPlan Web (beta) with storyboard backlog view and improved resource management
  • Layered pop-up dialog boxes
  • Google Chrome Support
  • Storyboard backlog and task views
  • Improved Agile reporting
  • Gantt view option to show open and closed development tasks
  • Multiple file attachment support
  • Specification and Development Subproject based test planning
  • Reporting and Wiki view improvements

DevSuite is available as a desktop and internet solution, providing powerful workflow and process automation, robust searching and reporting, and simple point-and-click customization. It also features an intuitive user interface, universal ODBC support, advanced email notification, built-in time tracking, extensive customization options, and presentation-quality reports and graphics. More information on TechExcel’s DevSuite is available at: