Bill Portelli

About Bill Portelli

Bill Portelli is Chairman of the Board and cofounder of CollabNet. Bill has been a business innovator in open source, globally distributed software development and on-demand provisioning since the late '90s. Bill's background includes 30+ years of experience in creating businesses and driving startups to rapid growth through to successful IPO and acquisition, as well as executive staff leadership in billion dollar companies. He has consistently conceived of and led teams to deliver client-enabling IT strategies, products and services in both the hardware and software industries. In recognition of his accomplishments as a leader in global software development, Bill was honored at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, with the Technology Pioneer Award in 2010.


Today, we are pleased to announce that CollabNet has release TeamForge 8.0, which includes a major set of enhancements to our flagship platform. TeamForge 8.0 includes a new modern user interface that simplifies and streamlines user workflow, and offers enhanced planning, visibility and reporting for increasingly complex software development environments. Enterprises can now easily adopt, manage and govern many of the leading open-source tools in use today, including Git/Gerrit, Binary Artifact Management, Test Management, Nexus and Review Board. TeamForge 8.0 is geared at helping companies speed application delivery while improving software and delivery quality at the same time.   It was …

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Enterprise Open Source Git and ALM Merging – Share Your Views with Our Git Survey

We’ve all gone to Target to buy something cheap, right?  Pretty traditional – lots of racks of clothes and cashiers, right?  Well, Target, like the rest of the world, is changing.  Last month, they acquired a Pittsburgh software company in order to bring “an Amazon-like shopping experience” to in-store customers. The product uses mobile technology, location data, and machine learning to connect a retailer’s app to the in-store shopping experience, and it uses the store’s layout and product locations to deliver customized recommendations and messaging to customers. Has Target shifted from a retail company to a software company? Absolutely. Gone …

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Great CrowdChat with John Furrier and Kartik Raghavan

John Furrier, founder of CrowdChat, Kartik Raghavan and I held a 1 hour session on CrowdChat earlier today. Interesting activity stream format integrated into LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. Click below on the #EnterpriseAgility link to see the conversation.

Three Prerequisites for Jumping on the DevOps Bandwagon

The recent article on by CollabNet’s Kartik Raghavan outlines three key prerequisites IT organizations should consider before embarking on its DevOps journey. The site offers a wide range of great content focused on DevOps, and how it is emerging as the new “Agile” for effective software delivery. Kartik rightfully points out that, 1) alignment around organizational commitment, 2) using automation with discipline, and 3) having the right tools and infrastructure, are key elements of success. He also points out how DevOps is not just a plug-and-play proposition, but a strategic commitment that takes fortitude and stamina to achieve.  …

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Assessing Your Enterprise Agility

I’ve often felt that CollabNet has been at the forefront of paradigm shifts in the software industry. We founded Subversion, and then spent years driving its development and taking it to market.  Along the way, we added Subversion to our open ALM platform, becoming the leader in combining it with other open source (Git, Gerrit, Jenkins, Nexus, and more) development tools to the enterprise. Ultimately, we were the first to bring cloud-based approaches to large-scale, distributed software development. And, due to the “any tool, any process” nature of our TeamForge ALM platform, we have been hosting Agile initiatives and enabling …

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Enterprise Agility and CollabNet

I recently had the good fortune to get on the road for a few weeks and take a deep look into both the state of software delivery and the role CollabNet plays in the industry.  From recent meetings with our growing field sales force, to visits with global customers and partners in the U.S. and Asia, I am excited to see the alignment of our company strategy with actual market dynamics.  As a company that has always been agnostic to any tool or process, the reality of today’s software development environment is that it requires both flexibility and structure across …

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An Agile Journey Through Japan

Agile Development vs. Enterprise Agility in Japan’s Embedded Software Development This week I happened to reread an article sent to me by André Girard, a Senior Analyst at VDC Research.  Interestingly, I read in on my way from Tokyo to Bangalore after a week of great meetings in Japan visiting prospects, partners and clients.  I was also in Japan to launch a major partnership in Japan with Hitachi Solutions to provide joint offerings in the DevOps IT market, as well as the embedded SW development space.  For those of you who are better than me at Japanese, take a look …

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New Equity Partner for CollabNet = Faster Quality Software Delivery for CollabNet Customers

Vector capital

This is an exciting time for CollabNet! You may have read in the news recently that Vector Capital, a technology-focused private equity firm, has acquired a controlling interest in CollabNet. Essentially, this included buying out the interests of CollabNet’s existing sponsors and injecting a large amount of fresh growth capital into the company. While this is a win-win situation for CollabNet and Vector Capital, the real winners are you – our valued customers and community members. Every day you are faced with increasing pressure to deliver quality software across a range of applications, target platforms and clouds. Increasingly, you need …

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The State of Cloud Security and Today’s Challenges

Cloud Security

I just read a compelling article about today’s challenging security landscape in the Presidio Group’s weekly newsletter. The article summarized the main themes that emerged from a recent Gartner Security Summit.  In this Summit, it was reported that one of the most significant challenges to managing virtual and cloud environments is the issue of security. Companies are spending substantially more on IT security in an attempt to thwart cyber-attacks, but the number of successful exploits is also increasing – so much so that one conclusion of the summit was that the cyber criminals are winning, and the leading vendors in …

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Fear No More: Platform Federation Is Here

TeamForge 7

  Last week we announced the release of TeamForge® 7 with Orchestrate.  This release adds a wealth of new capability that provides enterprise-wide orchestration across projects, teams, tools and clouds—all in one packaged, “federated” platform. This new platform offers customers flexibility, visibility, traceability, automated process compliance, and centralized management. Some cool features of our TeamForge 7 release include: •  Adaptive planning boards accessed through a flexible drag-and-drop framework completely integrated with our native ALM platform. The planning boards adjust to methodology changes and extend Agile planning into CI/CD. •  Enterprise-level lifecycle dashboards (based on 14 years of CollabNet expertise) that provide packaged and …

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