Segue Software Inc., a maker of quality optimization software, is Wednesday expected to extend its Silk quality augmenting software into a new system, called SilkCentral, built to optimize quality throughout the software application lifecycle.
Segue, based in Lexington, Mass., said the new platform has been two years in the making and is based on the Silk Common Architecture, which provides common services, classes and interfaces that enable the SilkCentral modules to work together with other Segue products or with products from other companies, said Rohit Gupta, vice president of product strategy at Segue.
The SilkCentral Quality Optimization Platform consists of three parts, which cover the application lifecycle: SilkCentral Test Manager, which manages pre-deployment testing; SilkCentral Issue Manager, which tracks and reports defects; and SilkCentral Performance Manager, which monitors applications after theyve been deployed, the company said.
Gupta said SilkCentral includes a Web services interface that helps with the integration efforts. The SCA includes these services as well as centralized repositories, a Web-based reporting engine, user administration, enterprise licensing services and a set of open APIs.
Meanwhile, the products functional testing and load testing is handled by Segues SilkTest and SilkPerformer products, the company said.
Gupta said the new product "tears down the walls" by delivering elements that track software quality throughout an applications lifecycle. "The platform works not only with Segue software, but allows them to communicate and integrate with other tools" via open interfaces, he said. "There are other things we dont or cant do, like configuration management, so people can tie that in."
In the same way, users can link to Microsoft Project or Word applications, reporting tools or third-party testing or systems management tools, he said. "We recognize what our strengths are, but at the same time we recognize expertise of others."
Gupta said the target audience for SilkCentral is the chief information officer or the vice president of engineering. "The audience is now bigger because in the past there were siloed solutions, but this represents a total integrated solution," he said.
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