Tasktop's SLI Could Be Something Really Special for Developers
NEWS ANALYSIS: Tasktop Technologies' Software Lifecycle Integration initiative is the best "decision" the company's Big 3 has made to help enterprises with large-scale software delivery.I was looking for something special to write about for enterprise developers, and I think Tasktop Technologies' Software Lifecycle Integration (SLI) announcement from EclipseCon this week fits the bill. Tasktop, which plays in the application lifecycle management (ALM) integration world, on March 25, announced its SLI initiative, which aims to address the growing fragmentation and complexity enterprises face in large-scale software delivery. Mik Kersten, Tasktop's CEO and founder, has had this SLI vision for some time. He said it's been in his head for about 15 years since before his Ph.D. thesis, which is what spawned his Eclipse Mylyn open-source project. Mylyn is a subsystem of Eclipse for task management. It's an implementation of the Task-Focused Interface. The task-focused interface is a type of user interface that extends the desktop metaphor of the GUI to make tasks, not files and folders, the primary unit of interaction. Kersten invented it while working on his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in 2004. Tasktop has since seen its software adopted by the big boys.
"We saw Mylyn come up in other tools," Kersten said. "The ALM vendors followed us—either through OEM agreements or imitation. You could see the concepts of Mylyn creep into Visual Studio." Tasktop has OEM deals with IBM, Hewlett-Packard and CA. And the company has integrations with a host of other tools as well as cloud-based offerings, including Microsoft Team Foundation Service, the Oracle Developer Cloud Service and Atlassian OnDemand.