Lafayette, Calif., November 5, 2007 -TechExcel, Inc., a leading provider of application lifecycle management (ALM) software, today announced at Microsoft TechEd Developer 2007 in Barcelona, Spain that that the company’s flagship DevTrack ALM software now fully supports the Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server. Using DevTrack’s powerful VersionLink software tool, the ALM solution now supports Team Foundation Server to provide customers with a simpler and easier way to define, automate, and customize Team Foundation Server Process Templates. Extending TechExcel’s ALM technology to Visual Studio Team Foundation Server empowers development teams to gather, track and manage requirements directly within their Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System environments. This enables business and technical users that work in peripheral roles of distributed development teams using Team Foundation Server to actively participate in application lifecycle processes to ensure that business demands are aligned with the software that is delivered.
“Effectively managing requirements across a broad cross section of stakeholders is critical in the architecting and delivery of software solutions,” said Matt Nunn, group product manager for Visual Studio Team System, Microsoft Corp. “Microsoft is pleased to see TechExcel offer support for Visual Studio Team Foundation Server with its ALM solution.”
TechExcel’s DevTrack is a market-leading project- and issue-tracking tool for Application Lifecycle Management that helps companies ensure that products are developed and delivered on time, within budget. DevTrack is a simple way to completely track and manage product defects, change requests, and other development priorities in a team-based way across the entire lifecycle. The VersionLink tool allows development teams to use their preferred software configuration management system with DevTrack and enables TFS support with the TechExcel product family.
“TechExcel VersionLink support for Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server now utilizes the convenience of Team Foundation Server’s work items while dually maintaining the powerful configurability and workflow controls found in our award-winning DevTrack. Now users can simply export their DevTrack workflow and user interface settings into a Visual Studio 2005 Team System process template,” said Paul Unterberg, Senior Product Manager of TechExcel’s DevTrack. “VersionLink for Visual Studio 2005 Team System provides a unified experience for developers with configuration management responsibilities to extend information to other team members and provides a more stable foundation on which to communicate real time metrics and reports.”
Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server expands the definition and audience reach of Microsoft’s Visual Studio product line beyond developers to project managers, software testers, infrastructure and software architects, and IT business decision-makers. Visual Studio Team System introduces advanced features for software developers and tightly aligns application design, development and quality development in a completely customizable way.
“Our customers come to us for a completely integrated ALM solution. By adding support for Microsoft Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio, TechExcel is giving enterprises a truly complete and compelling offering,” said Dr. Tieren Zhou, CEO and Chief Software Architect of TechExcel. “We are confident that VersionLink with DevTrack will provide users of Team Foundation Server with enhanced functionality and significant value to help give them a market advantage.”
Looking ahead, TechExcel is investigating further ways to integrate DevSuite with Team Foundation Server , offering software development teams innovative ways to simplify ALM processes.