TeamForge for Free…That’s Right, Free. With CloudForge.


Tuesday was a big day for CollabNet. We announced some long-planned disruptive changes to CloudForge™ pricing and packaging.  A key component of these changes was making TeamForge® available as an entry point to all CloudForge users.  The initial feedback on this development has been extremely positive with strong press, analyst and partner feedback as well as large spikes in both new and free users.

Of course, CollabNet continues to ride the market wave of development and deployment moving to the public and privately managed cloud.  But we’ve had CloudForge for a while, so this begs the question as to “what’s different?”  Basically, the answer is that the new version of CloudForge offers unlimited free TeamForge projects within CloudForge, through a defined and streamlined set of TeamForge tool capabilities in the form of an easy to adopt “template”. These features allow users to get started in minutes with a SaaS-based TeamForge model in the cloud. Then, when they’re ready, users can simply add more security and features, to seamlessly scale to enterprise levels as their needs grow.

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Our TeamForge platform is recognized by many as being the most sophisticated and scalable cloud-based development and deployment platform in the market. It’s been in use by a wide range of organizations in diverse industries for 14 years.  Part of this industry adoption has been driven by the ability to codify the “right set” of reusable templates to create standards for embedded/mobile/web applications, client-server development processes, and more.

These templates include TeamForge tools, third-party tool integrations, data models and workflows, application frameworks, and deployment infrastructures. They are designed to enable repeatable, measurable software development processes for the workgroup that also scale to governed enterprise-wide processes.  Now CloudForge users will have access to a streamlined template of TeamForge tool capabilities, and then can grow from there.

At CollabNet, our relationship with the development and open source communities is a critical part of our success.  With the pricing and packaging move described above, the CollabNet team is proud and excited that we are taking our 14 years of TeamForge enterprise experience and bridging it into the context of modern cloud-based freemium and streamlined product availability. The bottom line is to offer industry’s best set of tools that developers love, and then scale seamlessly to the enterprise.  It’s a reflection of our mission to help enterprises deliver great products to market faster, and it’s a key part of our 2013 strategy.

Stay tuned.  The TeamForge platform is robust, and there is a lot more we are going to do to further integrate TeamForge as the core engine into the easy-to-adopt context of CloudForge.  I look forward to telling you more about this as we progress further down this path.

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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.

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