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[ANN] Spectrum Software unleashes powerful new SpectrumSCM 3.0 - Includes Eclipse Workspace Synchron [message #565417] Thu, 26 June 2008 09:24
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Originally posted by: info.spectrumscm.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Main Page: http://www.spectrumscm.com
3.0 Press Release:
http://www.spectrumscm.com/SpectrumSCM3_0_Press_release.pdf
Graphical Dashboard Data Sheet:
http://www.spectrumscm.com/SSCM_Dashboard_1_0_Datasheet.pdf

Spectrum Software unleashes powerful new SpectrumSCM 3.0
Introduces new SpectrumSCM Graphical Dashboard 1.0 product, Project and
Workspace Views,
Drag-N-Drop, and 50+ new enhancements.

Atlanta - June 25th, 2008: Atlanta based Spectrum Software, Inc., a systems
designer and developer of
software productivity tools, announced today the immediate availability of
the latest SpectrumSCM 3.0 release
of its flagship enterprise class, Unified Source Configuration Management/
Change Management product and
an all new SpectrumSCM Graphical Dashboard 1.0 product.. This latest major
product release provides
powerful new features unlike any other peer CM solution currently available.
In addition, this latest release
includes over 50 new enhancements including several of our popular customer
requested items (wishlist).

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
Project lifecycle processes through unified configuration management, change
management and
automation. SpectrumSCM provides 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.

One of the significant features introduced along with this release is a
project performance and metrics
dashboard tool. With the Graphical Dashboard you can track, analyze, and
measure trends as change
requests/tasks progress through your project life cycle phases as part of
your business workflow. This module
will enable tremendous improvement in project management and the
decision-making process by providing
PMs, team leads, QA engineers, release managers, and other project
stakeholders the project status and trend
information they need to measure progress so that application development
projects meet their goals.
Furthermore, this tool provides the ability to display and personalize these
powerful graphs and charts for
accelerated productivity.

This SpectrumSCM Graphical Dashboard 1.0 will be working in conjunction with
the SpectrumSCM 3.0
version. The SpectrumSCM Graphical Dashboard is designed to provide the
following four organizational
Effectiveness Measures: Project Efficiency, Process Efficiency, Team
Efficiency, Quality Efficiency. The
graphical dashboard display will help managers to easily correlate vital
information within the same project,
across branches/workspaces, and across multiple projects.

"With the addition of the Graphical Dashboard and other enhanced
functionalities, on top of the already
powerful and comprehensive existing SCM feature sets, SpectrumSCM offers
corporations, that spend millions
of dollars on enterprise CM solutions an attractive alternative and a solid
investment. For small and medium
companies, many high-end CM tools are cost prohibitive. SpectrumSCM has time
and again proven to be a
powerful alternative to get the full functionality of a high-end tool but at
the price of a simple version control or
issue tracking tool, a value that cannot be matched by any existing CM tool",
said K.R.S. Raghavan, Vice
President, Spectrum Software, Inc.

Two other significant features added in this release are the
Project/Workspace views and the Drag-N-Drop
feature.

"The release of SpectrumSCM 3.0 is yet another reflection of our continued
commitment to our customers and
the confidence in our CM product strategy. We believe SpectrumSCM is truly
unique in providing such a rich
set of functionality and limitless versatility to meet the ever demanding
challenges of enterprise wide
configuration management and change management all within one single tool,
without having to doubt their
investment. " added Raghavan.

SpectrumSCM 3.0 new feature list -

Graphical Dashboard: This feature is available as an additional optional
module (SpectrumSCM Graphical
Dashboard 1.0). The graphical dashboard is a project performance and metrics
dashboard which gives
software managers, team leads, QA engineers, release managers, Configuration
managers, and Auditors quick
insight into project risk, status, and trends by presenting the Change
request/Tasks progress and status in the
form of powerful Graphs and Charts. These displays are available
individually or as up to 4 panels within a
single Graphical screen. The Dashboard provides an array of views with
color-coded status to be able to
quickly spot trends and take corrective actions.

The Dashboard provides solutions for measurement and metrics, collecting
data from one or more projects, one
or more branches/generics, one or more users, one or more releases, or based
on CR attributes. Data can also be
collected over periods of time. The charts and graphs present intuitive
summaries of key information in a single
view so that users can analyze trends, perform management by exception, and
drill down for more information
when necessary.

Furthermore, the Dashboard can display up-to-date project status information
in a graphical multilayer format,
allowing managers to focus on decision making rather than manually gathering
data and compiling reports to
help ensure the success of their business. Project Managers and Stakeholders
need not deal with an increasing
amount of data, sorting through hundreds of reports and project
communications in search of bottlenecks or
areas not meeting project expectations.

Project Views and Branch/Generic views: Another major set of enhancements
has been the introduction of
"views". Under SpectrumSCM 3.0, enterprise users with a significant number
of projects and/or configuration
items (generics/branches and/or folders) can now specify views to filter the
displayed items to just those desired
items. For example, if you have 100 projects to which you need access in
general, but you are only working on
3 or 4 at any one time, you can define a view to show only those 3 or 4
projects.

Similarly with generics/branches and folders, you can define a view to
constrain the display to just those
frequently used items. Multiple views can be defined and saved so that the
user can select the appropriate view
at the appropriate time. A visible icon (a pair of binoculars) indicates
when a view is active, so the user knows
that they might be seeing a restricted set of data. The "View All" option is
always available too, to cancel the
current view and show all the items.

Drag-N-Drop of files and folders: This new feature will further enhance the
user experience and their
productivity. Users will now be able to simply drag and drop files or
folders between the CM repository and
the desktop or filesystem. Basically some users prefer the ease of
drag-N-drop type operations over the
traditional workspace based operations. Most importantly these actions
preserve and utilize the core strength of
SpectrumSCM, i.e all check-ins will always be automatically associated with
a Change Request (CR, issue,
task, problem statement) thus preserving the auditability and trace-ability
for these check-ins).

This new feature will also make it easier to undertake source repository
migrations from other CM tools -
migrating product baselines, product builds, and SCM repository structures
becomes more intuitive using the
drag-N-drop capabilities instead of setting up the local root
directory/workspace definitions.

Essentially, the addition of the drag-N-drop feature futher enables the user
to really look upon the
SpectrumSCM repository as a virtual file-store or "networked" drive. In this
manner, simply copying files into
and out-of the repository facilitates the version control and issue
management. And because of SpectrumSCM
integrated nature, the source file changes are automatically tied to the
issue statement, further facilitating your
business processes.

Drag-N-Drop functionality has also been added to the CR Creation screen so
that a user can easily create a new
issue from an incoming e-mail, or make an attachment from a log file, screen
shot etc.

Some additional SpectrumSCM Version 3.0 feature items.

.. Enhancements to workflow features
Progression recipient on workflow arc - Enhancement to allow conditional
assignment of automatically
processed tasks. By using this new feature you can further refine your
business process control and enhance the
automation of tasks flowing through SpectrumSCM.

.. Improvements to the Microsoft-Source Code Control Integration - To better
handle offline working
and "unable to connect" situations (network disconnects).
In todays varied network topologies and with many workers connecting
wirelessly and using laptops, handling
disconnected situations under the Microsoft-SCCI plugin needed some
enhancements. These enhancements
include better user messages and better handling or recovery from those
situations.

.. Enhanced colorization on the main screen
To further facilitate team working the colorization of elements in the main
screen repository tree have been
improved. These improvements distinguish between files being edited by
yourself, files being edited by
someone elses and concurrents edits (files being edited by more than one
person simultaneously).

.. Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) improvements
With the increased use of the WBS features of SpectrumSCM to help businesses
manage the ever-more
complex tasks a number of enhancements have been performed.
i. WBS text added to main screen message area - so a simple single click on
a Change Request will display
whether it has any dependencies or not.
ii. WBS column added to Assign/Mod screen - so the project managers/team
leaders can easily view/sort
CRs by whether they have WBS relationships or not.
iii. WBS tab added to Assign/Mod - so the full details of the
work-breakdown-structure can be viewed in
report form.
iv. Improve cross-generic (parallel development) of WBS items - Due to the
increased complexity in
business environments today this functionality needed better reporting and
trackability.
v. Introduce new parent-as-peer WBS option to further tighten (at customers
request) work-breakdown
definition.

.. Other significant enhancements
i. Disable user - Add the capability to disable a user so that their full
identification is maintained but yet
they would not be able to login to the SpectrumSCM system.
ii. Rename user-id - Add the capability to rename an existing user-id while
maintaining full tracability of
all the CRs that would transition from the old user-id to the new one.
iii. Custom report viewer extended to support history - To support a more
varied user environment where
multiple custom report viewers might be used.
iv. Extend hyperlinks to activate/show CR attachments directly from
reports - As an extension to the
popular hyperlink feature introduced under release 2.6.
v. Allow multiple choice (checkboxCombo) - a new UI element introduced under
the Graphs feature to
allow the selection of multiple list elements (but not necessarily "ALL")
vi. Exclude files capability added to Eclipse Work-Sync - A customer
requested enhancement to extend the
SpectrumSCM-Eclipse plugin with the capability to exclude files either
individually or by patterns.

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 costeffective,
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(r)
product is seen as a very attractive alternative to many of the existing
market leading competitors. Because of
its unified source configuration management and change management
architecture, combined with a tightly
integrated Process management and release management, 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(tm), 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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