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[ANN] Spectrum Introduces Powerful Component/Package Management Feature And Major Eclipse enhancemen [message #564678] Mon, 03 December 2007 20:25
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Originally posted by: info.spectrumscm.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Spectrum Introduces Powerful Component/Package Management Feature
And Major Eclipse enhancements with the latest SpectrumSCM 2.6 release

Atlanta - December 3rd, 2007: Atlanta based Spectrum Software, Inc., a
systems designer and developer of software productivity tools, announced
today the immediate availability of the latest SpectrumSCM 2.6 release of
its flagship enterprise Source Configuration Management/ Change Management
product. This marks yet another successful year of adding several new
features to the already rich set of SCM functionalities available for all
levels of users of SpectrumSCM. This latest release is the second major
release of the year and contains over 35 new enhancements. The new product
version includes a number of enhancements requested by our current customers
as part of our wish list initiative.

SpectrumSCM is the first truly integrated, platform independent,
full-featured (Version Control, Issue/Defect Tracking, Change Management,
Process Management, Workflow, Release Management, Parallel Development)
Source Configuration Management system in the market place. SpectrumSCM
brings in the best practices for automation of Project lifecycle processes
through unified configuration management and change management by providing
full CM functionality with one truly integrated SCM system and not as a
suite of bundled applications. SpectrumSCM makes it efficient to undertake
comprehensive source configuration and change management for any "e-Asset"
(software code, text, binaries, engineering drawings, images, web pages,
documents, excel, powerpoints, contracts, proposals, training docs,
curriculum material, SAS program files etc.), from origination through
delivery, maintenance, and support.

PACKAGE/COMPONENT MANAGER: A major feature item added by popular customer
request - the capability to form packages of items collected from various
configuration items within the CMDB. Packages are defined as a set of
components, where a component can be any directory, formal release or
phase-based release from any of the existing project branches using the
package/component manager GUI. Packages can therefore be defined to combine
(for example) a particular version of a database component with a particular
version of a middleware and UI/Web component. Users can also build packages
from components across different projects assets and from different branches
within those projects. Once defined, such a package can be extracted in a
fully reproducible manner either through the user interface or through the
command-line (for easy build scripting/automation). Complete
bill-of-materials (BOM) reports are also available instantaneously for
tracking and auditing purposes.

ECLIPSE ENHANCEMENTS: Another major set of enhancements has been to the
SpectrumSCM-Eclipse plugin. The updated Eclipse plugin further enhances the
use of SpectrumSCM, and the newer versions of the Eclipse Platform
including Europa (version 3.3). Eclipse is an award-winning universal
platform for tools integration, software modeling and testing that has been
broadly adopted by commercial vendors, academic institutions and open
technology developers. The current customers, have already been using and
benefiting from the powerful version control, issue tracking, change
management, process management and other advanced software configuration
management features of SpectrumSCM for the Eclipse platform. The new
features include -

* Enhanced Refactoring - Full Eclipse refactoring operations are now
supported and correlated to their appropriate repository updates.
This ensures consistent repository states and full trackability of
changes.
* Workspace synchronization enhancement - The workspace synchronization
feature which supports offline modes of working, has been enhanced to
better handle refactoring types of situations (file renames, moves
etc).
* Quick check-out based on the edit of a read-only file.
* Direct Eclipse access to Change Request reports and information
(files edited etc).
* Unique to SpectrumSCM - Adding "re-common" capability to the Eclipse
IDE, to complete the branching patterns work-set as already available
through the main SpectrumSCM user interface..
* Make the change request icons and colorization consistent with the
main SpectrumSCM UI.


Some additional SpectrumSCM Version 2.6 feature items.

* Create report "find" and hyperlink mechanisms

Hyperlink technology has been added to the reports to enable quick and easy
drill down through report details. As an example, from the "CRs in a
release" report you can select on a Change Request to view that CRs details.

The "find" function allows you to search for and identify specific details
within a produced report.

* New user-projects report

A new report has been created to correlate all of the projects a user has
access to, and what permissions they have been granted within those
projects. The ability to run this for all users is also available.

* Defining and Enforcing Mandatory Approval Steps at the regular user level

Workflow definition and management functionality in SpectrumSCM has been
very popular, in particular in implementing approvals processes. To better
facilitate and ease this, approvals are now specifically supported through
the workflow definition and progression screens. Once a workflow phase is
defined as an approvals phase, the approver will be specifically prompted
for their approval or rejection of the Change Request. Such an action will
be recorded against the CR for traceability and auditability reasons. This
feature will now provide greater flexibility to separate normal permission
users from the users who have greater privileges in a project team while
ensuring the enforcement of the approval steps.

* File version history - show top 10

This is an optimization item. As file histories grew longer and longer it
was becoming fairly slow to present the complete file version history all
the time. By only presenting the most recent changes, the screen is
presented in a much more timely manner. Access to older versions is still
available simply by selecting the "More" button.

* File version rollback - soft and hard

File version rollback has been specifically added by customer request. While
such functionality was always available, it took multiple steps. To perform
a rollback now, all you need to do is select the version you wish to
rollback to, and select whether you wish to rollback soft or hard.

Soft rollback maintains the version history and simply rolls back the file
contents. This would be appropriate to maintain full traceability of the
actions and intermediate file versions. A hard rollback will only be
available to project users with "delete file" capabilities, as this option
will literally remove the file versions from the CMDB. Notes will still be
added to the appropriate Change Requests to maintain traceability.

* Project Delete - soft and hard and Project Rename

Earlier versions of SpectrumSCM project deletion always involved some
system administrator action and in particular a server application restart.
This new enhancement will now allow project deletion to be performed (with
appropriate restrictions) on a live system.


A soft-delete means that the action will be recoverable. A hard delete means
that the project and its repository will be literally removed, freeing up
that disk space.

In addition to resolving the project deletion technical issue, this also
means that a project can now be successfully renamed.

* CR Number redefinition

Change Requests are assigned an identifier based on a textual prefix and the
numeric suffix, the prefix was by default based on the project name. Since
project renames are now supported, the capability to redefine the CR number
format was also needed.


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 SOFTWARE

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. Fully integrated
solution implies that users do not have to use different applications with
different interfaces to relate change requests with the files that are being
affected. Administrators are no longer responsible for maintaining
"bridging" software or scripts to relate different applications such as
version control and issue management, to enforce process compliances steps,
validate release artifacts etc. SpectrumSCM is a true task/change based
source configuration management system with change management being an
integral part of its architecture. 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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