Agile application lifecycle management software maker Rally Software's third generation of its Agile ALM system, Rally Release 2009.4, features an ALM data warehouse in the cloud.
Rally Software, a producer of agile application lifecycle management software,
will announce the third generation of its Agile ALM system, Rally Release
The new Rally technology features an ALM data warehouse in the cloud, Rally
officials said. Rally is expected to announce its new technology at the Agile
2009 Conference in Chicago.
"Executives need to know which big features to invest in, when they will be
delivered and how projects are tracking to budget," said Zach Nies, vice
president of products at Rally. "At the same time, development teams have to
make hundreds of decisions for every release. Rally's ALM data warehouse will
provide decision support tools to instantly view status across distributed
teams, analyze the root cause of problems, and better forecast feature
Rally's ALM data warehouse will enable custom reporting by allowing
organizations to build the custom roll-up and drill-down reports required to
deploy often scarce resources toward opportunities with the biggest
returns. And because Rally's new analytical database is delivered as a software-as-a-service
(SAAS) solution, it requires no customer infrastructure or costs to use and it
is updated in near real time.
In addition, Rally's new customizable user interface includes social media
tools to improve collaboration among distributed teams. It also incorporates
role-based dashboards to filter the data available throughout the development lifecycle
to only what each role needs be a productive team member.
"A customizable user interface enables users to tailor their experience to
fit their role responsibilities and preferred style of working. However, too
many customization options can become overwhelming for users," said Mike
Gualtieri, senior analyst at Forrester Research, in a statement. "The solution
is to provide several pre-tweaked user interface options based upon the user's
role responsibilities and then let them tune that user interface to suit their
personal style of working. The result: Users will be happier, more efficient,
and the entire team will be more productive."
New features in Rally Release 2009.4 and upcoming Q4 2009 releases include
the new report designer, role-based dashboards, a recent activity stream, time
tracking and faster performance. In addition, Rally delivers a Kanban mashup
capability to support the Kanban method of agile development. The Kanban mashup
gives teams the option of managing pull-based, lean software development
projects alongside other iterative and time-boxed projects.
"Our teams store incredible amounts of data in Rally, and it has really
become the hub of our development organization," said Erik Huddleston, chief
technology officer at Inovis. "Rally's new custom reporting flexibility will
give me the right information and make it actionable in a way that supports our
organization's unique -agile analytics' needs."
"Our global deployment spans nine countries on four continents, with
our largest centers in China
said Alan MacLamroc, chief product and technology officer at CDC Software. "By
using Agile and Rally, we have been able to improve our speed-to-market
threefold while dramatically reducing our costs. Rally's new custom reporting will
give us even more flexibility to tailor reports to meet the specific needs of
our teams and executives by communicating our schedules and deliverables."
Rally said the new features are available to customers either directly
through the application, or by signing up for a beta program in Rally's online
community, Agile Commons. The Kanban mashup is currently in development and is
expected to be released later this year. Rally's Agile ALM solutions are
available in two editions. Rally Community Edition is free for up to 10 users,
and Rally Enterprise Edition starts at $35 per user per month. For detailed
product capabilities, see Rally's Edition Comparison guide at