CollabNet TeamForge + ScrumWorks: A significant step in merging the disciplines of Agile Management and ALM

Great news for the software development community! Today CollabNet announced our acquisition of Danube, the leader in Agile/Scrum management software tools, consulting, and training. Their ScrumWorks solutions have defined the standard for enterprise Agile/Scrum project and program management.

For the past 10 years, CollabNet and Danube have both proven themselves to be thought leaders in the practical application of the entire range of software methods – from collaborative SCM to distributed ALM to Scrum.  CollabNet founded and continues to drive Subversion, the largest and most successful open source version control system used in the enterprise. We also provide the tools and the software collaboration methodology services that power the largest internal and external developer communities.  In addition, Danube has the largest number of on-staff Certified Scrum Trainers in the world.  Via ScrumCORE, Danube has trained more Scrum Masters than any other organization (6,500) and they continue to be highly visible and prolific in publishing Scrum best practices.

Now, this acquisition defines another major step for the market, and is recognized as such by industry analysts including Forrester,

“With this acquisition, CollabNet has taken a significant step in merging the disciplines of Agile project and portfolio management with  ALM.”

CollabNet customers will now have access to ScrumWorks, the leading Scrum project management tool, and an impressive team of certified Scrum trainers.  Meanwhile, Danube customers can now enhance their Scrum processes using CollabNet’s distributed ALM tools and knowledge.

CollabNet will continue to support heterogeneous development environments and allow you to work with your development technologies and methods of choice, whether waterfall, iterative, or Agile. At the same time, we’ll now be able to provide additional expertise around Scrum, the most popular framework for managing product development commonly used with agile software development.  The bottom line is that CollabNet will allow you to bring best-in-class scrum project/program management tools and processes into your organization, but at a pace that makes sense for the individual business needs of each project.

CollabNet is thrilled to welcome Laszlo and Victor Szalvay, cofounders of Danube, and their skilled team to the CollabNet family.  We plan to invest deeply in the ScrumWorks products and ScrumCORE services as Agile and Scrum are such significant components of the future of software development.  ScrumWorks and TeamForge will continue to be supported as separate products, but will also be available as a bundle.  Increasingly, we will deepen the integration of the two product lines, with the first release available to the market in the Q2 timeframe.

We are extremely excited that CollabNet’s acquisition of Danube brings together, from a single vendor, (1) World-class Agile Scrum management and expertise proven to scale from the workgroup to the enterprise, and (2) Robust application lifecycle management built on a collaborative architecture already used to power some of the largest and most respected developer communities in private industry and government.  This synergy is impossible for any other loose combination of tools and architectures supplied via companies partnering with each other.

If you’d like more information on our products, this acquisition, and our plans for integration, please join us for a webinar on March 16, 2010:  http://www.collab.net/webinar/56/index.html

I hope our enthusiasm and optimism about the future of Agile ALM in the Cloud energizes and inspires you. As CollabNet leads the way in this space, we value your feedback and input in order to improve our products and help you succeed. I invite you to share your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

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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