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General Microsoft

Managing Applications in Enterprise IT using AppTitude 5.0

AppTitude 5.0 brings a new era in managing applications in your enterprise IT environment. Now App-DNA helps enterprises test and remediate applications for compatibility, plus illustrates the business value of each application. Uniquely integrating with System Center Configuration Manager and Active Directory, AppTitude 5.0 takes application compatibility automation to the next level with application intelligence.

AppTitude enables enterprise IT to:

  • test and remediate applications for compatibility
  • integrate user and device information to see who the applications affects – and how
  • model delivery options to determine the best forward path
  • automate application preparation, including creating MSI and Microsoft App-V ready packages

AppTitude reduces the time, cost and risk of user-centric application delivery and day-to-day application management.

If an application seems difficult to migrate to Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft App-V, Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop, how much impact will that have on the organization? Will it affect 2 people or 2,000 people? Are the 2 people the CFO and the Controller, who need an essential application for reporting earnings? Are there serious migration issues in an application used by a 2,000 person call center? What will that cost the business?

Interested in seeing more?

  • Check out the other new features in AppTitude 5.0
  • See a practical example of new AppTitude reporting in the App-DNA technical blog
  • Contact info@app-dna.com for a more in-depth discussion and your personal demonstration of AppTitude 5.0.
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General Microsoft

MIX 2011 – Kinect for Windows SDK beta Announced

Kinect for Xbox 360, recently recognized by Guinness World Records as the fastest-selling consumer device in 60 days, allows users to enjoy games and entertainment with their whole body and voice — no controller required. Since Kinect launched in November 2010, enthusiasts have been exploring the potential of Kinect in a number of unexpected, nongaming scenarios.

Today at MIX, Microsoft detailed some of the features in the Kinect for Windows Beta SDK from Microsoft Research coming in the spring, including the following:

  • Robust Skeletal Tracking for high-performance capabilities that track the skeleton image of one or two persons moving within the Kinect field of view
  • Advanced Audio Capabilities, including four-element microphone array with sophisticated acoustic noise and echo cancellation for great audio; beam formation to identify the current sound source and integration with the Windows speech recognition API also included
  • XYZ depth camera for standard color camera stream access and depth data that indicates the distance of the object from the Kinect camera

The Kinect for Windows SDK is a programming toolkit that will enable researchers and enthusiasts easy access to the capabilities offered by the Microsoft Kinect device connected to computers running Microsoft Windows 7.

Developers can sign up to be notified of the release at http://research.microsoft.com/kinectsdk

This SDK is intended for non-commercial use to enable experimentation in the world of natural user interface experiences, with new state-of-the-art features planned for future releases that will continue to provide new ways to experiment.

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Microsoft Virtualization Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

Slashing Windows 7 Migration, Virtualization and App Packaging Costs!

Flexera Software, the leading provider of strategic Application Usage Management solutions for application producers and their customers, today announced the launch of AdminStudio Suite 10.  The new release, optimally priced for enterprises of all sizes, is the industry’s first comprehensive Application Readiness solution enabling organizations to strategically manage application packaging and remediation across their entire software estate, mitigating Windows 7 and application virtualization migration risks.

“The evolution – from application packaging as a means to better manage costs in a static technology world, to application management as a means to better manage quality and compatibility in a dynamic technology world – is a game changer” said Chris Jackson, a principal consultant at Microsoft (better known as ‘The App Compat Guy’). “It allows organizations to see beyond their current state and regain their technology agility.”

AdminStudio 10

With as many as 35% of an enterprise’s applications requiring updates in any given year, coupled with the explosive growth in Windows 7 migrations and virtualization initiatives, compatibility assessment, remediation and packaging processes are now of strategic importance to IT organizations.  AdminStudio delivers application packaging efficiencies as much as nine times greater compared to manual efforts.

  • AdminStudio 10 now lets users centrally manage and report on the virtual and traditional application portfolio for an overall view of the application estate’s readiness for each format.
  • A new, unified “application-centric” application catalog manages all deployment types for an application, enabling all packages, including virtual packages, to be handled with the same process and tools as those used for MSIs, eliminating the cost and complexity of having multiple solutions and repositories.
  • Moreover, AdminStudio 10 is now powered by the latest version of the world’s leading MSI authoring and editing tool, InstallShield® 2011, giving users complete flexibility in editing packages using the same installation preparation tool relied on by more than 71,000 ISVs worldwide.

“Most organizations do not have adequate visibility into their application portfolio to reliably understand the time, cost and resources required to successfully migrate their applications,” said Maureen Polte, senior director of product management at Flexera Software. “AdminStudio 10 delivers continual readiness via a repeatable, reliable process to prepare and package MSI and virtual applications for Windows 7 migrations or day-to-day upgrades, drastically reducing the cost, labor and risk associated with application migrations.”

AdminStudio Application Compatibility Pack

Now available as part of AdminStudio Suite is the new AdminStudio Application Compatibility Pack.

  • AdminStudio Application Compatibility Pack automatically assesses all applications to accurately calculate the effort and cost of the migration project.
  • It also pinpoints and fixes application compatibility issues for desktop, server and web-based applications.  As a result, packagers can test applications in minutes instead of weeks and obtain an overall view of the compatibility of all applications, including which ones require fixing for deployment on Windows 7 or Internet Explorer 8.
  • Moreover, for applications that do require remediation, AdminStudio Application Compatibility Pack generates a standard MSI transform, automatically fixing in a matter of minutes 98% of installation package-related Windows 7 compatibility issues.  This drastically reduces overall costs by removing the need for skilled packaging and support resources and manual efforts.

Significantly, like all products in AdminStudio Suite, AdminStudio Application Compatibility Pack utilizes a perpetual, per administrator license, making it optimally priced and packaged for all enterprises, including small and midsized businesses.

“The biggest challenge with Windows 7 migrations is the applications.  Organizations have had trouble cost-justifying commercial application compatibility products priced on a per-application basis, and most large organizations have hundreds or thousands of applications (the rule of thumb is one application for every 10 users)”, said Terry Cosgrove, Principal Research Analyst at Gartner.

“Seamlessly integrated application compatibility testing and remediation should be part of the DNA of any robust Application Readiness process,” says Polte. “Unlike point solutions priced on the number of applications, which are often prohibitively expensive and discourage use as part of a continual Application Readiness strategy, AdminStudio Application Compatibility Pack is unique in its integration into a comprehensive, affordable suite and in its predictable cost, encouraging unlimited use and adoption of industry best practices.”

AdminStudio Virtualization Pack

Today’s launch also includes enhancements to AdminStudio Virtualization Pack, which prepares reliable virtual applications for deployment with a complete set of suitability testing, automated conversion, validation, editing and management reporting capabilities.

  • Enhanced validation and conflict testing of Microsoft® App-V packages supports packagers in managing both MSI and App-V with the same tool and processes to ensure a consistent, unified approach.
  • Packagers can also directly edit App-V packages, saving significant time and effort by eliminating the need to re-convert from an MSI when a change to an App-V package is required.
  • AdminStudio Virtualization Pack’s enhancements also include robust suitability testing – removing the trial and error approach to determining if applications can be virtualized.  This along with customizable reports and dashboards provides essential decision support for choosing the appropriate delivery/deployment technology via continuous reporting on the application estate’s readiness for each format.

“AdminStudio is a life saver for us.  It gets the job done,” said Brandon Farmer, systems engineer at United States Marine Corps Intelligence Activity.  “We’re constantly juggling multiple packaging projects on very limited resources, such as our recent migration from Windows XP to Windows 7 – and we don’t have time to waste doing things manually, or trying to cobble together a patchwork of freeware and tactical tools that don’t hit the mark. We just virtualized Microsoft Word 2003 using AdminStudio, and it took me a half hour – compared to the days it would have otherwise taken.”

“Flexera Software continues to deliver solutions that help automate our customers’ adoption of Windows 7 and App-V,” said Karri Alexion-Tiernan, director of product management at Microsoft Corp.  “AdminStudio 10 provides benefits beyond one-time conversion, allowing customers the flexibility to create and manage both App-V and MSI packages.”

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General Microsoft

Nokia and Microsoft Announce broad Strategic Partnership News

Nokia and Microsoft today announced plans to form a broad strategic partnership that would use their complementary strengths and expertise to create a new global mobile ecosystem.

Nokia and Microsoft intend to jointly create market-leading mobile products and services designed to offer consumers, operators and developers unrivalled choice and opportunity. As each company would focus on its core competencies, the partnership would create the opportunity for rapid time to market execution. Additionally, Nokia and Microsoft plan to work together to integrate key assets and create completely new service offerings, while extending established products and services to new markets.

“Today, developers, operators and consumers want compelling mobile products, which include not only the device, but the software, services, applications and customer support that make a great experience,” Stephen Elop, Nokia President and CEO, said at a joint news conference in London. “Nokia and Microsoft will combine our strengths to deliver an ecosystem with unrivalled global reach and scale. It’s now a three-horse race.”

Under the proposed partnership:
  • Nokia would adopt Windows Phone as its principal smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.
  • Nokia would help drive the future of Windows Phone. Nokia would contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.
  • Nokia and Microsoft would closely collaborate on joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products.
  • Bing would power Nokia’s search services across Nokia devices and services, giving customers access to Bing’s next generation search capabilities. Microsoft adCenter would provide search advertising services on Nokia’s line of devices and services.
  • Nokia Maps would be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services. For example, Maps would be integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform to form a unique local search and advertising experience
  • Nokia’s extensive operator billing agreements would make it easier for consumers to purchase Nokia Windows Phone services in countries where credit-card use is low.
  • Microsoft development tools would be used to create applications to run on Nokia Windows Phones, allowing developers to easily leverage the ecosystem’s global reach.
  • Nokia’s content and application store would be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience.

“I am excited about this partnership with Nokia,” said Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft CEO. “Ecosystems thrive when fueled by speed, innovation and scale.The partnership announced today provides incredible scale, vast expertise in hardware and software innovation and a proven ability to execute.”

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Microsoft Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

AppTitude Virtual App Machine Cuts App-V Applicatio​n Prep Time by 50%

Taking advantage of application virtualization, but need to speed your App-V project? Today App-DNA announces the AppTitude Virtual App Machine, accelerating App-V application preparation up to 50% faster than manual processes.

AppTitude tests, remediates and auto-sequences applications. Using the AppTitude automation engine to leverage the Microsoft App-V Sequencer (that comes with App-V), enterprises can avoid purchasing additional proprietary packaging tools for virtualization projects. The AppTitude Virtual App Machine (VAM) produces fully-supported App-V ready packages. All of the application preparation in one solution saves time, learning curve, cost and risk.

AppTitude speeds App-V deployments, often aligned with Windows 7 initiatives. With a unique approach and unrivaled accuracy, AppTitude can

  • Assess an application’s suitability for virtualization
  • Identify the fixes needed to quickly create App-V ready application packages
  • Automate sequencing of App-V packages

AppTitude helps enterprises:

  • Improve resource management
  • Determine the overall time, cost and risk of virtualization projects
  • Save money- no need to buy a separate sequencing product

Visit the VAM web portal to learn more about the AppTitude Virtual App Machine.

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Microsoft Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

Internet Explorer Web Application Compatibility Solved with AppTitude

Few days back, App-DNA released Internet Explorer web application testing and remediation features within the award-winning AppTitude application compatibility software platform. The new AppTitude module facilitates automated testing to enable enterprises to quickly determine the issues around moving web applications to Internet Explorer 8, often a significant challenge tied to an overall Windows 7 deployment. Click here to learn more about the new AppTitude web application compatibility module.

App-DNA survey research showed that more than 50% of respondents believe web application compatibility (IE8 compatibility) is a blocker for rolling out desktop applications. A surprising 30% were unsure. This shows that the first step in eliminating this perceived barrier is to get a view of IE8 compatibility upfront. AppTitude offers this capability in minutes through easy to read reports.

In a new benchmark test from Broadband Testing, analysis of web applications with AppTitude for IE8 suitability took a few seconds or several minutes to complete. This saves enterprises months of “guesswork” in determining the success of web applications. Click here to view the entire results of the Broadband Testing report.

Courtesy: App-DNA

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General IT News, Tech Information and Analysis

SolarWinds Acquires Hyper9, Sets Sights on Application Performance Management Space

SolarWinds, Inc. (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software to more than 97,000 customers worldwide, today announced that it is set to address the unmet and growing needs of systems and virtualization administrators. The company is entering the application performance and virtualization management markets through the launch of SolarWinds Application Performance Monitor (APM) and the acquisition of Hyper9, a privately-held virtualization management software provider based in Austin, TX.

To read SolarWinds Survey on Cloud Read here

Overview:

SolarWinds is entering the application performance and virtualization management markets through the launch of SolarWinds Application Performance Monitor (APM) and the acquisition of Hyper9 and its next-generation virtualization management products.

  • The company’s experience in making powerful, easy to use network and storage management products accessible to users in a wide range of businesses gives it an advantage in addressing the unmet needs of IT organizations as they work to ensure the performance and availability of business-critical applications and virtual infrastructure.
  • The SolarWinds product family now covers the fundamental aspects of business-critical applications and IT infrastructure – network, storage and systems –with integrated visibility into both virtual and physical environments.
  • The company believes that a strong entry into these markets represents an opportunity for continued growth and brand expansion in the IT management space.

“The past couple of years have brought about significant changes in the IT management market.  Between the rapid adoption of virtualization technology and the explosion of ’business-critical’ applications, IT organizations – from the small and medium enterprise to the Global 2000 – are faced with a more dynamic management challenge than ever before,” said Kevin Thompson, President and CEO, SolarWinds. “And, for most users, the current crop of management offerings in both application performance management and virtualization management don’t cut it.”

“The pace of technology changes is forcing sysadmins and other IT users to search for purpose-built solutions that can actually solve their problems and make the job of managing their IT environment easier. We believe that we have established in the network management market, and more recently with our move into storage management, that our model of ’powerful, affordable and easy to use’ is attractive to IT users,” continued Thompson. “We believe that the time is right to deliver the SolarWinds value proposition to the application and virtualization management markets. Through the launch of SolarWinds APM and the acquisition of Hyper9, we believe that we can immediately solve many of the problems faced by today’s system and virtualization administrators and continue to expand SolarWinds’ footprint in the IT management market.”

SolarWinds Application Performance Monitor (APM)

  • SolarWinds is launching its application performance management product.  SolarWinds Application Performance Monitor is a comprehensive application and server management product that provides visibility into the performance of critical IT services, the underlying application components, the operating system, and the Windows, Unix and Linux server resources on which they run.
  • SolarWinds Application Performance Monitor pricing starts at $2,495 (USD), with the first year of maintenance included. For more information, visit the SolarWinds website, download a free 30-day evaluation, or call 866.530.8100.

Hyper9 Acquisition

  • Hyper9’s virtualization management offering adds optimization, capacity planning, configuration and chargeback reporting for virtualized server environments to the SolarWinds portfolio.
  • SolarWinds expects to offer the virtualization management products at pricing starting at $3000 (USD), including the first year of maintenance – a fraction of the cost of current virtualization management providers. This price point will make the SolarWinds offering one of the most comprehensive and affordable virtualization management offerings in the market.
  • For more information on Hyper9 and the company’s portfolio of virtualization management solutions, visit www.hyper9.com.

“The launch of the latest SolarWinds APM and the acquisition of Hyper9 give us an extremely compelling value proposition for systems and virtual admins, specifically, as well as for integrated IT organizations.  We believe that IT organizations are tired of ‘making do’ with solutions that are too complex, too expensive and aren’t responsive enough to address rapid changes in technology or the dynamic needs created by today’s IT reality,” said Suku Krishnaraj, Senior Vice President of Product Strategy, SolarWinds.

“Our vision is to solve the problems that systems administrators, network engineers, storage administrators, and virtualization administrators face with individual products or by using the power of our various products collectively to get an end-to-end view of the whole IT environment – physical and virtual,” continued Krishnaraj. “We can grow with our customers’ needs, easily and affordably.”

Courtesy: Aubrey Levinstone, The Hoffman Agency

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Google

Google Chrome OS – Pre-Beta Computers, Pilot Program and Availability.

Last year, Google announced their effort towards designing an operating system that is built and optimized for the web. Yesterday, in a limited presence of the press, they announced that Chrome OS is not available for consumers yet., but Chrome OS is at the stage where they need feedback from real users.

Some of the features of Chrome OS require new hardware. Instead of selling pre-beta computers, they’re launching a pilot program where they will give test notebooks to qualified users, developers, schools and businesses. The Pilot program is starting with the U.S. and will expand to other countries. To participate in the pilot program, apply here.

The test notebooks exist only to test the software—they are black, have no branding, no logos, no stickers, nothing. They do have 12.1 inch screens, full-sized keyboards and touch pads, integrated 3G from Verizon, eight hours of battery life and eight days of standby time. Chrome notebooks are designed to reach the web instantly, are easy to share among friends and family, and simply by logging in, all of your apps, bookmarks and other browser settings are there. Setting up a new machine takes less than a minute.

Google claims that, even at this early stage, there is no consumer or business operating system that is more secure.

In the first half of next year Chrome notebooks will be available for sale from Acer and Samsung. More manufacturers will follow. Also, Chrome OS is designed to work across a wide range of screen sizes and form factors, enabling their partners to deliver computing devices beyond notebooks.

Some of the key features of the Chrome OS –

Instant web – Chrome notebooks boot in about 10 seconds and resume from sleep instantly. Favorite websites load quickly and run smoothly, with full support for the latest web standards and Adobe Flash.

Same experience Everywhere – All apps, documents, and settings are stored safely in the cloud. So even if you lose your computer, you can just log into another Chrome notebook and get right back to work.

Always connected – Integrated Wi-Fi for home and work, and 3G for all the places in between.

Built-in Security –Chrome notebooks use advanced technology to help prevent malware and viruses from accessing your data. And you never have to lift a finger.

Web Apps – Every Chrome notebook runs millions of web apps, from games to spreadsheets to photo editors. Try the latest apps from the Chrome Web Store or just type URLs into the address bar – no CDs required.

Courtesy: Google Chrome Pilot Program

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Microsoft Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

New Release of AppTitude Brings Advanced Reporting, User-Focused Capabilities

Today App-DNA releases a new version of the AppTitude application compatibility software platform to accelerate application testing and remediation for Windows 7, application virtualization and application management projects.

AppTitude

AppTitude continues to be the choice software platform for major enterprises and systems integrators. This release brings these key new benefits:

Self-provisioning of applications: AppTitude now enables a self-service model for application owners to import all types of applications into AppTitude from any machine. Self-provisioning facilitates even more automation of the application delivery process. AppTitude now streamlines the application request process from business application owner to low-touch packaging, deployment and testing.

Reporting via web client: To better accommodate worldwide teams managing application deployments, the intelligent and accurate AppTitude reports are now available to view via the web. Management, clients and global team members now have easier and faster access to AppTitude reports.

Broader support for multiple users: Accommodating application management teams that work from various locations and high-volume teams, AppTitude now includes server-side queuing of tasks such as importing and analyzing. Improving productivity, AppTitude is now a more robust platform for large multi-tier organizations.

Application collections: To better manage application suites and multiple versions of the same application, AppTitude now supports designating applications into suites and families. For application suites (software comprised of multiple products such as Adobe® Illustrator®), AppTitude can collect these applications into a group called a “suite”. AppTitude will provide one resultant (red/amber/green) compatibility report for the application suite. For enterprises using multiple versions of the same application, such as Adobe® Reader®, AppTitude now supports designating “families” of applications, collecting all versions into a family, designating one of them as the definitive version, and providing a single red/amber/green compatibility status for the entire “family.”

Improved reporting experience: AppTitude reports are enhanced with “pivot by action” capabilities to more easily sort which applications require particular actions. Additionally, consistency in report results has been strengthened.

To learn more about AppTitude, existing customers should visit the App-DNA portal. Enterprises and partners interesting in bringing AppTitude to their organization should visit www.app-dna.com or contact info@app-dna.com

Courtesy – App-DNA Team

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General IT News, Tech Information and Analysis

rPath and CollabNet Partner to Unify Dev and Ops for Continuous Delivery

rPath, the service factory for on-demand IT, and CollabNet®, the leader in Agile application lifecycle management (Agile ALM) in the Cloud, today announced a partnership to close the gap between development and operations. Working together, the solutions from rPath and CollabNet will deliver an integrated and automated solution for continuous delivery of applications and application changes, from development through operations.

The partnership will include joint sales and marketing efforts as well as integration between rBuilder, the rPath system automation platform, and CollabNet TeamForge™, the Agile application lifecycle management solution for distributed development teams.

The CollabNet TeamForge platform brings an integrated suite of web-based release planning, source code management (SCM), issue tracking, and collaboration tools to rPath’s deployment and IT operations users. By centralizing management of users, projects, processes and assets, TeamForge dramatically reduces costs, increases productivity and improves project visibility. Public and private-cloud enabled, TeamForge supports multiple development methodologies in a single interface—Agile, waterfall or a hybrid—across all development projects, teams and environments.

“This partnership is driven by the need for speed in application deployment and change,” said Jake Sorofman, chief marketing officer for rPath. “Today, business agility is constrained by process and automation gaps standing between development and operations groups. This partnership is focused on enabling enterprises to take down these walls by dramatically improving collaboration, coordination and automation in the release process.”

Jim Ensell, senior vice president at CollabNet, said, “Our partnership with rPath optimizes the last leg of the development lifecycle, moving the application from development through operations, to get IT services delivered as rapidly as possible. The iterative, agile development approach that we encourage and support assures that the end-product meets the current business need and brings stakeholders from across the entire lifecycle together, from business analysts todevelopers to QA managers to IT operations more regularly and collaboratively than ever before.”

For TeamForge customers, rPath extends all of the benefits of automation into the deployment context. rPath takes the stream of releases coming out of continuous integration (CI) and fully automates the labor-intensive process of combining software from various engineering teams (OS, middleware, patch, configuration, etc.) to construct a complete, dependency-resolved software system that can be deployed in a lab or in production—on any physical, virtual or cloud-based server.

rPath also extends the capabilities of CollabNet Lab Management. Lab Management can deploy test images that rPath generates automatically from complete system blueprints. This approach keeps Lab Management users current with the latest, guaranteed-correct test stacks—whether testing on internal virtual clusters or on external clouds—and decreases the delay between build completion and the start of testing.

The combination of TeamForge continuous integration and continuous deployment from rPath enables fully automated continuous delivery.

Building on the new partnership, CollabNet and rPath executives will discuss the advantages of closing the gap between development and operations in an upcoming webinar, “Dev Through Ops Agility: Automation Drives Continuous Delivery.” An Electric Cloud executive will also be speaking. For more information on this webinar, please visit http://bit.ly/fTAens.

About CollabNet – CollabNet is the leader in Agile application lifecycle management (Agile ALM) in the Cloud. The CollabNet TeamForge™ ALM platform, CollabNet Subversion software configuration management (SCM) solution, and ScrumWorks® project and program management software enable teams using any environment, methodology, and technology to increase productivity by up to 50% and to reduce the cost of software development by up to 80%. CollabNet products are offered in the Cloud on the Codesion™ hosting platform and also in on-premise versions. As the founder of the open source Subversion project, CollabNet has collaborative development for distributed teams in its DNA. Millions of users at nearly 6,000 organizations, including Applied Biosystems, Capgemini, Deutsche Bank, Thomson Reuters, and the U.S. Department of Defense, have transformed the way they develop software with CollabNet. For more information, visit http://www.collab.net.

About rPath  – rPath automates system deployment and maintenance across physical, virtual and cloud environments. rPath’s innovative release automation platform is based on the industry’s only commercial version control repository for managing deployed software systems. The result is an easy-to-deploy and cost-effective automation solution for rapid, low-risk and low-overhead deployment and maintenance of complex software systems. rPath dramatically improves responsiveness to business lines, reduces compliance risks, and allows resource-constrained IT organizations to significantly reduce operating costs and “do more with less.” Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, rPath has 80+ customers including some of the world’s largest enterprises and ISVs. Visit www.rpath.com.