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Spectrum Unveils Powerful Graphical Workflow and Process Management Features with its latest Spectru [message #563181] Wed, 06 December 2006 21:28
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Spectrum Unveils Powerful Graphical Workflow and Process Management
Features with its latest SpectrumSCM 2.4 release



Adds several productivity enhancements and features to manage distributed
development environment





Atlanta - December 4th, 2006: Atlanta based Spectrum Software, Inc., a
systems designer and developer of software productivity tools, announced
today the availability of SpectrumSCM 2.4, the latest release of its
flagship enterprise Source Configuration Management product.



SpectrumSCM is a flexible, process centric SCM tool that provides
comprehensive source configuration and management for any 'e-Asset' from
origination through delivery, maintenance, and support. SpectrumSCM? is the
first truly integrated, platform independent, full-featured (Version
Control, Issue/Defect Tracking, Change Management, Process
Management/Control, Workflow, Release Management, Parallel Development)
source configuration management system in the market place that provides
full CM functionality with one fully integrated SCM system and not as a
suite of bundled applications.



This latest version unveils a simple, yet powerful graphical workflow
editor, to define your workflow and its business rules. With SpectrumSCM
being a process-centric SCM tool, the graphical editor will make it very
intuitive and easy to undertake solid process and business rule automation
along with proper enforcement through out the application lifecycle. This
will accordingly enable increased team productivity, reduces manual
intervention and helps to improve quality by automating mandatory process
steps (ex: task assignments, approvals, testing, deployment verification
etc).



The graphical workflow editor is an enhancement and replacement for the
existing Life-Cycle Administration screen. While you can still use the
existing life cycle definition screens, its linear approach and XML
definition of workflow and rules has been brought up into a user friendly,
colorful, 2-dimensional representation. The graphical representation clearly
shows what life-cycle states you have in your business process and what
rules apply to the transitions between those states.



The graphical workflow editor will also encourage enterprises to implement
and use SpectrumSCM more broadly across the enterprise. For example, for
undertaking SCM for many non-software related project assets such as
requirements documents, testing plans Change Control Board (CCB) activities,
and records, etc. This new feature will also facilitate integration of
external applications and actions with SpectrumSCM through the use of its
callout mechanism. Callouts can be used to further automate your workflow
business rules in your SDLC. This can thus eliminate manual processes that
can be time-consuming, administratively onerous, and potentially error
prone.



"Enforcing mandatory process steps, meeting auditing and compliance goals,
ensuring proper approvals, communicating and managing change across globally
distributed teams is one of the biggest challenges that corporations face as
they seek to deliver higher levels of quality with their product
deliverables, " said S.Raghavan, Vice President, Spectrum Software, Inc.
"Our goal is to enable users to fully utilize SpectrumSCM's strong process
centric foundation in an easy efficient manner. This will now enable a
SpectrumSCM user to visualize, define, adjust and immediately automate
processes and workflows to enforce any project's lifecycle goals accurately.
All of our customers can reap the benefit of their investment in
SpectrumSCM, while inculcating the best CM practices, enterprise wide,
across all project teams. The new enhancements further reflects our
continued commitment to our customers, to keep SpectrumSCM as the best
combination of value and functionality compared to any of the other peer
process centric SCM tools in the market place." added Raghavan.



The new product version also includes a number of major enhancements
designed to improve productivity, usability, facilitates branching
comparisons & audits, traceability and status reporting to cater for
business needs and to manage development assets throughout the application
lifecycle.



SpectrumSCM Version 2.4 feature list.



* Graphical Workflow Editor: The key functionality points for the graphical
workflow screen are:

- Graphical workflow editor enables teams to visualize, define, adjust and
immediately automate processes and workflows.

- The capability to specify valid transition paths, so that normal
assignment tasks are not complicated with unneeded options.

- The capability to automate transitions by specifying who is responsible
for certain phases of the life-cycle.

- The capability to specify multiple transition paths, so that different
types of Change Request can have differing life-cycle paths.

- The capability to register callouts so that external functions/business
rules can be implemented. Very useful to define, automate and trigger
controlled actions for Task/Issue/Change Request escalation based on
business rules. Additionally enables quick remediation or reassignment to a
different developer or user, keeping work moving and projects on schedule
etc.

- Register custom e-mail triggers so that specific people or roles will
receive mail about certain CR transitions but not others.

- Facilitates enforcement of approval process thus enabling smoother ways of
managing internal and external Quality auditing and compliance needs. (i.e.
ISO 9000, CMM, SOX, ITIL, 21 CFR Part 11 etc),





Generic/Branch Viewer:



This feature provides a graphical display of all the generics (i.e.
branches, sandboxes, private work spaces etc) for a given project in a
hierarchical view showing the branches evolution. You can place this screen
side by side with your main screen, easily select the generic of interest,
which will then accordingly refresh the contents of the main screen. This
feature provides quick details of a branch, how it was formed etc, and
actions to compare and audit the contents of two branches.



* Additional Enhancements include:



o Improved load source tree feature, allowing for preview and filtering

o Ability to multi-select files on the check-in "New File" screen.

o Enhancement to report screens allowing for increased querying and sorting
capability.

o Enhancement to existing reports with the inclusion of summary details at
the bottom of each report.

o Addition of new and improved reports: CR File diff report (used very
effectively during code review process) and File Status report.

o Enhancement for managing common, uncommon and recommon functionalities
while resolving branching issues.

o Addition of Filelist, Description and improved module tabs on the main
screen. The file-list in particular gives immediate access to the files
edited under a specific Change Request, allowing edits to be continued
easily.

o Add SCM diff and meta information management to command line functions.

o LDAP/Active Directory enhancements to handle larger environments with
multiple Organizational Units.

o Improvements to release management screen

o Improvements to the dual editor which will now highlight inline
differences in addition to the corresponding line differences. Very useful
if you compare two long text lines to quickly note the difference.



Availability



SpectrumSCM, is available directly from Spectrum Software, Inc. For pricing,
demos and sales information, please contact Spectrum sales representative
(email: sales@spectrumscm.com) at 770-448-8662 (North America).



About Spectrum



Spectrum Software, Inc. is a 15 year old, proven software systems design and
services firm providing cost-effective, efficient and quality software
products and services to large, medium and small businesses. Spectrum
Software has three divisions: Software Services, which focuses on
outsourcing and leading software development projects for clients; Software
Products division, which engineers software tools and products and Spectrum
Multimedia, which creates multimedia-based software products for children.
The SpectrumSCM? product is seen as a very attractive alternative to many of
the existing market leading competitors. Because of its tightly integrated
Process management and change management architecture, SpectrumSCM has been
repeatedly acknowledged to be one of the most economical, full-featured
enterprise SCM tool that offers the best combination of value and
functionality by its customers. SpectrumSCM provides High-end CM capability
at the price of a competitor's single function tool. In May 2006
SpectrumSCM was Voted Top Java Product - 2006 JavaPro Reader's Choice Award,
as the Best Pure Java Packaged Client/Server or Distributed Application. For
more information on Spectrum Software and SpectrumSCM?, check out the
company's Web site at www.spectrumscm.com or email info@spectrumscm.com or
call 770.448.8662.
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