Tasktop Launches Enterprise 1.8 Solution for New HP ALM 11

At the HP Software Universe 2010 in Barcelona, Tasktop launches the next version of its Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) integration suite.

BARCELONA, Spain-At the HP Software Universe 2010 conference here, Tasktop Technologies, creator of the popular Eclipse Mylyn project and a leader in Agile Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) integration and productivity, announced Tasktop Enterprise 1.8, a new version of its ALM integration suite.

Tasktop Enterprise helps to integrate Agile ALM partner offerings, open-source solutions and the thriving ecosystem of Mylyn extensions.

Mik Kersten, creator of Mylyn and CEO of Tasktop, said Tasktop Enterprise 1.8 is the first release of Eclipse IDE-based developer tooling for accessing HP Quality Center and the new HP ALM technology, as well as Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server. In addition, Tasktop Pro has been updated to support the recently released IBM Rational Team Concert 3.0. Tasktop is now an HP Gold Partner, a Microsoft Visual Studio Premium Partner and IBM "Ready for Rational" Certified.

"Application Lifecycle Management has become increasingly complex as applications are becoming larger, relying on a growing number of best-of-breed and open-source solutions, while remote teams, employee churn and outsourcing are making developer collaboration and tracking of progress increasingly difficult," Kersten said in a statement.

"In this new ALM landscape, organizations need transparency and improved coordination more than ever, but the heterogeneity of the typical ALM stack is making that impossible. With our latest release, Tasktop has emerged as the leader in federating enterprise ALM systems, connecting them to the developer's desktop and to the Agile planning process."

Tasktop created its task management tools to help developers be more productive by making it effortless for them to organize their workaround tasks. Serving as an ALM integration suite, Tasktop Enterprise has become the de facto standard for integrating disparate development tools and platforms that are the reality within today's enterprise software development organizations, Tasktop officials said. By providing traceability and knowledge sharing between tools and platforms that are often provided by companies that are competitive, Tasktop helps reduce the complexity and challenges of successfully scaling Agile programs beyond small teams.

Organizations using Tasktop are able to integrate and gain added value from heterogeneous systems, improve the happiness and productivity of development teams, and integrate and manage emerging technology platforms, such as cloud computing and mobile applications, into existing development practices.

Tasktop Enterprise 1.8 is available for $199 per user per year, and that includes enhanced support, advanced productivity features, automated time tracking, and integration for IBM Rational ClearQuest, ClearCase and Team Concert as well as Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server.