Tasktop Drives Agile Methods and PPM Closer Together with Tasktop Sync 2.8

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Agile2013 -- Tasktop Technologies (www.tasktop.com), the industry leader for ALM integration, today announced a new version of Tasktop Sync that automates how time-tracking data, recorded in the practitioner's development tools, is synchronized with the Project Portfolio Management (PPM) products used by the Program Management Office PMO. This new capability helps bridge the divide between the Agilist's desire for "people over process" and the PMO's need to understand the ROI of the software development investments. Sync 2.8 ensures that time and resource information is automatically updated in the PPM system.

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"Organizations are adopting initiatives such as scaled-Agile, DevOps, continuous delivery and PPM to increase the effectiveness of their software development investments.  But disconnected tools and processes are adversely affecting the value these initiatives can deliver an organization," said Dave West, Chief Product Office of Tasktop. "For example, PPM systems can help an organization understand the value of the investments, but only if they have an accurate record of the resource expended on a project. Developers may be convinced to track their time in the tools they use every day, but are not inclined to ALSO log their time in the PPM system. Unfortunately, this results in inaccurate time-keeping that causes PPM information to be flawed. Building on our already extensive support of Agile tools, Sync 2.8 extends the functionality we previously announced to integrate PPM and Agile tools. It's yet another step in Software Lifecycle Integration (SLI), our journey to integrate the extended software development lifecycle."

In addition to the time-tracking functionality, Sync 2.8 includes support for new releases of ALM tools (such as Rational Team Concert, CA Clarity Agile, Microsoft TFS, Atlassian JIRA), as well as adding full support for HP Agile Manager, and Early Access support for Rally. Tasktop Sync 2.8 will be Generally Available on August 8th.

To learn more, read Tasktop CEO Dr. Mik Kertsten's blog at tasktop.com/blog

For more information about Tasktop and Tasktop Sync 2.8 please visit: www.tasktop.com.

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About Tasktop Technologies
Tasktop Technologies is the industry leader for ALM integration. It invented the task-focused interface and created the Eclipse Mylyn project, which transformed the IDE into a developer productivity and ALM collaboration platform. Building on Mylyn, Tasktop unifies the ALM landscape through ALM partnerships that connect leading Agile, enterprise ALM and open source tools. Tasktop Dev helps developers connect and access development tools directly from within the Eclipse and Microsoft Visual Studio IDEs. It increases productivity and provides managers visibility into task-based activity. Tasktop Sync is server-side software that provides fully automated, enterprise-scale synchronization among disparate tools throughout the software development organization. It increases collaboration by synchronizing artifacts across ALM applications, and removing the tool and function silos that exist in today's complex IT organizations.. Tasktop recently launched the Software Lifecycle Integration (SLI) initiative to connect the entire software delivery lifecycle, consisting of a new technical architecture and data model, repeatable design patterns and a new open source project called Eclipse Mylyn m4. For more information about Tasktop and SLI please visit: http://tasktop.com

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