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Borland Requirements Management To Work Inside VS Team System

At Microsoft’s TechEd 2005 in Orlando this week, Borland announced it will integrate its CaliberRM requirements management product to work inside of Visual Studio 2005 Team System (VSTS 2005). The CaliberRM plug-in for VSTS will ship in the first quarter of 2006, according to company officials.

“We took the CaliberRM client-side technology and integrated it very tightly into the Team System,” says Marc Brown, director of product marketing for the CaliberRM and Together product lines. “If you’re a VSTS user, you’ll be able to look at your requirements in Team Explorer.”

“CaliberRM is designed to offer enterprises a . . . cost-effective way to define, analyze, and manage software requirements across a portfolio of projects . . . . [which] is critical for any organization seeking to make software development a more successful, predictable and managed business process,” the Scotts Valley, California-based company said in a statement.

When the work of integrating CaliberRM into VSTS 2005 is complete, it will provide an integrated workflow system that “ensures all required contributors and stakeholders are working toward common goals with access to accurate, updated requirements,” according to the Borland statement. This includes developers, testers running test plans, technical writers and marketing staff. CaliberRM will store data in Team System’s data warehouse, enabling end-to-end, requirements-to-test traceability, including historical reporting and traceability.

Visual Studio 2005 Team System is currently scheduled to ship during the second half of this year. CaliberRM costs $2,000 per user, Brown says.

About the Author

Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

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