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EnterpriseDB Enriches Postgres User Experience

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 14:35
EnterpriseDB has announced the release of a series of tools that enhance the performance, flexibility and management of Postgres deployments. The releases include new versions of EDB Failover Manager and EDB xDB Replication Server that boost perf ...
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Projectplace Launches Agile Gantt

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 14:33
Projectplace has introduced Agile Gantt. Agile Gantt is the first tool that combines the functionality of Gantt charts and Kanban boards to bridge the gap between project managers, team members and senior management. Agile Gantt offers powerful p ...
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Parasoft and Skytap Deliver Cloud-Based Development Testing

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 14:21
Parasoft and Skytap announced a joint offering that delivers cloud-based Development Testing. The joint solution featuring Parasoft Development Testing Platform (which includes Parasoft Static Analysis and Unit Testing) and Skytap Cloud provides ...
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Enfocus Solutions Announces RequirementCoach Availability

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 14:13
Due to popular demand, Enfocus Solutions announces RequirementCoach™ to be available for individual subscriptions starting June 15. RequirementCoach™ provides individuals involved in business analysis with resources for managing busin ...
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Seapine Software Spends More Than a Decade in SD Times Top 100

Seapine Software Press Releases - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 08:00

[CINCINNATI, June 5, 2014] For the 11th consecutive year, Seapine Software has been selected for the SD Times 100, a list that recognizes the top innovators and leaders in the software development industry. Seapine was selected for the “Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) & Development Tools" category.

“We are, of course, thrilled to have earned this coveted distinction once again,” said Rick Riccetti, President and CEO of Seapine Software. “Our team works relentlessly to drive technology forward, keeping in mind the needs of our customers and aiming to exceed every bar that’s set. Being selected to this exclusive list of 100 validates all that we do and only pushes us to continue to excel.”

Since 2003, SD Times editors have hand selected companies for the list based on a number of criteria, including innovation, leadership, and buzz factor. SD Times editors consider hundreds of companies, non commercial organizations, and other influencers to find the best and most innovative software development projects.

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VisibleThread improves compliance – An interview with David Schmidt, SPX Transformer Solutions

VisibleThread - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:00

SPX IndustriesWe love to hear about the business challenges that VisibleThread for Docs solves. In this customer interview, I caught up with David Schmidt, Vice President – Project Management & Sales Operations at SPX Transformer Solutions. David shared why SPX wanted to improve their process, the rationale for adopting VisibleThread, and the business benefits around better compliance.

[Fergal] David many thanks for agreeing to share how you use VisibleThread for Docs. Can we start with a little background about what you do at SPX?

[David] Sure, SPX is a fortune 500 manufacturer. Our group has a $400m project portfolio. We have 12 application engineers developing sales proposals across two facilities. On average, we create 85 proposals per month.

[Fergal] What prompted you to look at a compliance matrix process and tooling?

[David] Our entire production, project portfolio is for highly customized, Engineered to Order, large power transformers ranging in value from $500K to $3M. Since we engineer every transformer to order, compliance is a necessity. This means we have a great deal of exposure in unnecessary costs and dissatisfied customers if we miss or misunderstand requirements. Let me explain the type of exposure.

With a growing volume and complexities, the potential for rework, penalties, and general inefficiencies related to missed or misunderstood requirements could easily exceed $1M per year.

Examples include;

  • Unnecessary tests being performed, leading to wasted labor
  • Unnecessary features being provided, leading to wasted labor and materials
  • Necessary features/attributes being missed and excluded from the unit, leading to rework
  • Necessary testing missed and not performed, leading to rework and potential warranty claims.

We also have different types of engineers involved, which adds complexity to the process. For example normally a specification is read cover to cover by 4 people; an application engineer, a mechanical engineer, an electrical engineer and a controls engineer. There is a lot of review overhead.

[Fergal] Reducing rework cost, review cost and avoiding risk due to possible warranty claims were the drivers. Can you explain how you solved this?

[David] Yes absolutely, so our original vision was to implement a Compliance Matrix Methodology. We wanted to better document requirements, and allow for a more formal “sanity check” on what exactly we were proposing and pricing.

This would also allow us to bring the customer into the fold on checking that we captured and correctly interpreted all their requirements at the proposal phase. Often we would get into debates over what was and was not purchased at a later date, and then of course who was to “pay” for any differences in scope.

And a by-product of a compliance matrix methodology would be that our customers could do more of an apples to apples comparison between what we were offering for sale, versus our competition.

My analogy to this is fast food.

[Fergal] Really, how so?

[David] well if you think about it, even in fast food restaurants these days, they give you a visual “compliance matrix”… every time.

They present back to you your requirements and re-validate your food requirement. They ask you if what you see on the drive-up screen is correct, before giving you a price. They have brought you into the fold of requirements management, and in essence, this is their quality operating system! Their ‘compliance matrix’.

Compliance Matrix - for food

[Fergal] So how did VisibleThread help, how did you deploy?

[David] We started with a pilot program. We purchased an initial set of user licenses for VisibleThread for Docs. Then we set about using the compliance dictionaries that shipped with the system to shred the RFP and generate the first pass Compliance Matrix.

We also created a custom compliance dictionary for additional searches. This is very important in our context; being able to customize dictionaries with specific technical compliance terminology. Technical compliance means keying off terms like ‘KBa’, ‘Mba’, ‘Ampherage’, ‘Ohms’ etc. and relevant symbols. We group the terms into specific categories in the dictionary, so each engineer can focus on their area of concern.

For example, an electrical engineer will tend to focus on electrical measurements such as ‘Ohms’, ‘Ω’ etc. So we created a category called ‘Electrical’ making that possible.

It didn’t take us long to get going with our more customized dictionary. The VisibleThread support guys pointed us to a starter dictionary that suited our needs available on their support site.

It already had many of the measures we wanted, so we started with that and customized it.

A starter dictionary with technical measures

Now our Application Engineers create the matrix from VisibleThread. They refine it and distribute it to the control engineers, electrical engineers and mechanical engineers. Each gets the full matrix but each can focus on his or her specific area. This saves us a lot of time, since everyone no longer has to read everything.

It’s also an excellent artifact to provide to customers.

[Editor NOTE: The starter dictionary used by David is available here for free download: http://support.visiblethread.com/entries/22906988-New-concept-list-available-for-searching-technical-symbols-like-%CE%A9-etc-free-download ]

 [Fergal] Now that you have completed the pilot phase of the rollout, can you quantify the business benefits?

[David] Before the pilot, we saw that there was a great deal of non-value added effort, post order booking. Design Engineers were querying Application Engineers on what was or was not sold, as well as how various requirements were being interpreted.

Our pilot program showed that publishing a Compliance Matrix internally, saved numerous man-hours of back and forth, between departments.

Prior to the pilot, every engineer would read the proposal cover to cover. The pilot showed clearly how we could make this way more efficient.

We also learned that, not only did each Application Engineer read every customer specification (sometimes well over 100 pages) cover to cover to find all the requirements, so did each functional engineer (Electrical, Mechanical, Controls). Which meant that if we provided a categorized Compliance Matrix to each designer, it would serve as the “Cliff Notes” for their specific requirements, as opposed to each of them reading 100s of pages to hunt and find distributed requirements and details.

[Fergal] So, final question David, where do you see it going?

[David] well, the pilot was a way to see how it might help in a very specific way. It has been an unqualified success with obvious benefits.

We are now finalizing the implementation and integration phases, so the return on our investment remains to be defined. But we firmly believe that the utilization on Visible Thread, to quickly digest a specification and aid in the publication of a Compliance Matrix, will not only save money in better managed requirements and reduced rework, we also believe we’ll see 10-20% improvement in throughput, for our Application and Design Engineering groups.

[Fergal] David, really appreciate your time and insights.

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Kanban or Scrum – Is Scrum for developers and Kanban for IT support?

Intland Blog - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:32
In practice, Kanban and Scrum are fit for different purposes, with Scrum for developers, whereas Kanban is more suited for IT operations – maintenance groups. However, development and maintenance teams needs cross-competencies, maintenance require development capabilities for bug fixing, and
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Adopting Requirements Management Tool

Intland Blog - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:57
Work Culture is essential when adopting a new Requirements Management tool. Every enterprise already has systems or mechanisms in place to manage documentation, this includes the creation, review, approval, storage and distribution of, and the subsequent modification of documentation. The
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AIJA Conference

Black Duck Software Press Releases - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 17:13

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Event Dates:  Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 09:00 to Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 16:00 Location:  Prague
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OSCON North America

Black Duck Software Press Releases - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 17:13

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Event Dates:  Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 09:00 to Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 14:00 Location:  Portland, OR
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Red Hat Technical Conference 2014

Black Duck Software Press Releases - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 17:13

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Event Dates:  Monday, June 23, 2014 - 09:00 Location:  Antwerp, Belgium
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Omnichannel Banking Conference

Black Duck Software Press Releases - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 17:13

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Anthony Thomson, founder and former chairman, Metro Bank and Daryl Wilkinson, head of digital development, Nationwide are among the speakers at the 2014 FStech Omnichannel Banking Conference. The event, returning after a successful 2013 debut, will take place at the IoD Hub London on Thursday, 19 June. 

Other speakers include: Nic Cumisky, senior industry manager, Google; Iqbal Gandham, chief marketing officer, Nutmeg; Allister Green, business development controller, Cumberland Building Society; and Kebbie Sebastian, managing director, Penser Consulting.

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Event Dates:  Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 09:00 Location:  London, UK
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IFCLA Conference

Black Duck Software Press Releases - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 17:13

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Event Dates:  Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 09:00 to Friday, June 6, 2014 - 14:00 Location:  Antwerp, Belgium
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UK Legal Seminar: Balancing Technical Innovation with Legal Compliance

Black Duck Software Press Releases - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 17:13
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Details:

Open source software (OSS) is everywhere and, given the potential benefits it can deliver, it's not difficult to see why. The use of OSS can reduce costs, enhance IT flexibility, accelerate innovation and increase time to solution. Even industries outside of the traditional software and technology sectors such as financial services, automotive, energy and media are turning to OSS in order to be more efficient and, ultimately, keep up with competitors in areas such as mobilization and application development.

As OSS use is increasing, so is the challenge to manage, control and ensure compliance. Within the context of increasing competition and decreasing resources, development organizations are under intense pressure to keep pace. There are various challenges, in addition to this mounting pressure, that arise when organizations lack formal policies. Ad hoc management practices are insufficient when ensuring license obligations are met.

Time: Registration & breakfast begins at 8:30am.

Location: Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, 45 Prescot Street, London E1 8GP - Where is this?

Hosts: Tessa Finlayson, Associate at Bird & Bird and Matthew Jacobs, General Counsel at Black Duck Software

Cost: There is no cost for this event.

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Event Dates:  Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 08:15 Location:  London, UK
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Critical Infrastructure for Ensuring the Right Open Source Gets in Your Next Build

Black Duck Software Press Releases - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 16:30

As organizations continue to increase their use of open source software to speed development, the dependency on external code brings new challenges to the development process. Ensuring the right bits end up in the build requires discipline and automated solutions that can control versions, check for updates, monitor for security vulnerabilities and track open source licensing.
Join Baruch Sadogursky , Developer Advocate at JFrog and Dave Gruber Vice President of Produce Marketing and Product Management at Black Duck, in this first of a three-part series, to learn how to:

  • Orchestrate a fast, reliable build process that ensures the right open source bits end up in your next build
  • Gain visibility into the open source that is use within your projects
  • Implement controls that help your team identify potential security vulnerabilities and license conflicts
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Reminder for July Online Training

Ranorex.com: Latest News - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 08:42
We are very pleased to remind you about our upcoming online Ranorex training course, scheduled for July.



Get firsthand training with Ranorex professionals and learn how to get the most out of Ranorex Studio at this three day workshop.



Look at the schedules for additional workshops in the next few months.
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Neo4j 2.1 Speeds Relational to Graph Data Transfer With Built-In ETL

Software Development Tools Directory - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 16:57
Neo Technology has announced the general availability of Neo4j 2.1, featuring built-in ETL that makes it easier to bring data in from relational databases and other data sources. Neo4j 2.1 enables businesses to quickly and easily bring their exis ...
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MuleSoft Brings Powerful New Data Integration Features to Anypoint Platform

Software Development Tools Directory - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 16:25
MuleSoft announced the latest release of its Anypoint Platform™, delivering a unified solution for application and data integration across SOA, SaaS integration and APIs. This new release provides a faster, easier way to deliver data to bus ...
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CollabNet CloudForge Available in the IBM Cloud Marketplace

Software Development Tools Directory - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 16:13
CollabNet has announced a partnership with IBM to offer its CloudForge® development platform in the IBM Cloud Marketplace. Starting today, IBM clients can sign up for a CloudForge account to gain instant access to leading tools that developer ...
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RedPoint Makes Big Data Management in Hadoop Simpler

Software Development Tools Directory - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 16:08
RedPoint Global has announced the general availability of RedPoint Data Management™ for Hadoop®, the first pure YARN data quality and data integration product on the market. With its easy-to-use, drag-and-drop interface, RedPoint enable ...
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