Borland Boosts Microsoft Development

Borland software announced it has strengthened its application lifecycle management support for the Microsoft .Net environment at the Microsoft TechEd conference here.

Borland, of Cupertino, Calif., announced June 13 that it is delivering new versions of its ALM products supporting Microsofts Visual Studio 2005 in such areas as UML (Unified Modeling Language), requirements definition and management, and requirements-driven testing.

Borland has enhanced support for Microsofts VSTS (Visual Studio Team System) product.

"The ability to properly define and manage requirements across the development life cycle, as supplied by Borlands requirements engineering products for Visual Studio 2005 Team System, is an important value add for our platform," said Ian Knox, lead product manager for Visual Studio 2005 Team System, in Redmond, Wash., in a statement.

Borland officials said Borland is working with Microsoft on things such as joint sales, marketing and engineering integration initiatives around VSTS and Borlands RDM (Requirements Definition and Management) products, including Borland Caliber Analyst.

Meanwhile, Borland officials said Borlands Together 2006 for Visual Studio is integrated with Microsofts Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition and provides modeling support including UML 2.0 diagramming, patterns and Borland LiveSource capabilities.

In addition, Borland offers testing support through its SilkTest and SilkCentral Test Manager products.

Borland also announced an agreement with Avanade, a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture, under which Avanade will use the Borland RDM products both internally and for engagements where customers use VSTS, a company spokesperson said.