Tasktop Launches Sync Studio ALM Monitoring Tool

Tasktop Technologies announced its new Sync Studio visual application lifecycle management (ALM) mapping and monitoring tool at EclipseCon 2012.

RESTON, Va. €” Tasktop Technologies, creators of Eclipse Mylyn and maker of application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions, announced Sync Studio, an extension of the company€™s Task Federation platform.

Announced at the EclipseCon 2012 conference here, Sync Studio is designed to make it easier for enterprises to connect, configure and maintain medium- and large-scale ALM infrastructures. Sync Studio is a new component of Tasktop Sync that provides visual cross-ALM system task and workflow mapping, ALM architecture design, monitoring tools to ease integration maintenance and alert notifications for project and system administrators, the company said.

€œAs we€™ve been rolling out Tasktop Sync over the past year to IT organizations trying to automate Agile ALM and DevOps architectures across the enterprise, the process of taking inventory and managing integrations between all of their disparate tools has become extremely messy, frustrating and time-consuming,€ Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop and creator of the Eclipse Mylyn open-source project, said in a statement. €œSync Studio makes it possible for software delivery organizations to gain control of this chaos by providing a single tool for viewing the design, integration and performance of today€™s complex ALM architectures with an easy-to-use visual design and authoring tool.€

To help IT organizations scale Tasktop Sync deployments and better manage the growing number of ALM systems in a typical tool stack, Sync Studio provides a new set of ALM infrastructure management tools. Sync Studio delivers a unified view across the ALM stack, providing ALM architects and administrators with a comprehensive and €œlive€ architectural view of current tools and processes, and the associated interdependencies and roadblocks that need to be addressed.

The new product also features visual mapping for ALM administrators to deliver automated mapping capabilities for ALM administrators to author and configure task, data and workflow connectivity and integration between ALM servers.

In addition, Sync Studio€™s cross-repository monitoring and administration helps maintain the health and performance of enterprise-wide ALM architectures through the regular monitoring of inter-tool functionality and centralized administration of changes, maintenance, trouble-shooting and alert notifications. And the product also provides end-to-end traceability for the lifecycle: through its Task Federation platform. Sync Studio provides complete ALM traceability that is available through the visual mapping and visibility capabilities now available in the tool, Tasktop officials said.

Tasktop continues to solve challenges for software organizations that are implementing enterprisewide Agile and ALM modernization initiatives by connecting both developers, through Tasktop Dev, and cross-functional enterprise teams, through Tasktop Sync, to automate the entire application lifecycle, the company said.

All Tasktop products leverage the Eclipse Mylyn task-based integration framework to provide a more strategic and lightweight synchronization solution than standard REST API and pure data-store integrations. Its tools provide visibility into ALM workflow, real-time data sharing of cross-functional activities and context into actual performance and business value. With Sync Studio, the company continues to help IT organizations synchronize and automate development processes to deliver market value quicker, reduce inefficiencies, and promote collaboration and innovation by connecting individuals and teams across the enterprise.

In addition to Sync Studio, Tasktop also introduced Tasktop Sync 2.3 with new integrations for ThoughtWorks€™ Mingle and Accept360, as well as an updated Mylyn-based Sync integration for IBM Rational Team Concert. It is part of a coordinated Tasktop rollout that also includes Tasktop Dev 2.3 and builds on the new Eclipse Mylyn 3.7. Tasktop Dev now includes support for Gerrit and the Jenkins Continuous Integration server, and new workspace provisioning tools for HP ALM. With these additions, Tasktop now supports more than 70 ALM tools.

Tasktop Sync 2.3 with Sync Studio will be generally available on April 17. Tasktop Dev 2.3 is available as of March 27.