Managing the Software Development Release Process

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Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air together serve 92 cities through an expansive network throughout Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Known for embracing innovative technology to improve the customer experience, Alaska Airlines has won numerous awards for its frequent flyer program and eCommerce Website. Background For years, Alaska Air used a file-based branch and label SCM tool that required a lot of manual processes to prepare source code for deployment. The processes worked but were time-consuming and were unable to support the company's plans to move to Agile. Alaska Air conducted a thorough assessment as it evaluated 18 SCM tools, six of which were brought in for more extensive demos, and two finalists were invited in for pilot programs, one of which was AccuRev. The SCM solution had to meet several key requirements: Most important, the tool had t... (more)

AccuRev Provides Developers More Power and Flexibility with Latest AccuBridge for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005

AccuRev now offers significantly more software configuration management (SCM) functionality, productivity and performance enhancements for its AccuBridge for Visual Studio 2005 plug-in directly in the Visual Studio IDE. AccuBridge for Visual Studio 2005, which now implements the SCC provider interfaces that are part of the Visual Studio packages, also adds significantly improved usability over the previous integration, which was based on the Microsoft Common Source Code Control Interface. “The new offering for Visual Studio 2005 is the best one yet released. It allows developers who want to access AccuRev SCM features from within the IDE to work that way without stopping anyone from taking advantage of the great StreamBrowser user interface,” says Chris Barnes, Senior Systems Analyst and AccuRev Administrator, Alaska Airlines. Significant usability, produ... (more)

AccuRev Integrates with NetBeans IDE 3.6 Platform

AccuRev, Inc. is integrating AccuRev with NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 3.6. AccuRev demonstrated this NetBeans integration at NetBeans Software Day, a companion event to the 2004 JavaOne Conference, on Tuesday, June 29. NetBeans.org is the home of the NetBeans open source community and code base. The award-winning NetBeans IDE provides a pure Java technology development environment for Windows, Linux, the Solaris Operating System or Mac OS X. NetBeans IDE 3.6, a major revision to the open source platform, is intended to enable applications development on systems ranging from mobile devices to multi-tier enterprise systems. AccuRev is the only software configuration management system to offer TimeSafe architecture, which effortlessly allows groups of developers to implement unlimited hierarchies of parallel development streams. AccuRev's new arc... (more)

Accurev Leverages SCM With Open Source Defect Tracking System

AccuRev  has integrated AccuRev, its best-of-breed software configuration management (SCM) solution, with Bugzilla, an open source defect tracking system. AccuRev and Bugzilla work together to tie the daily work of an organization's software development process to the issues managed in the issue tracking system. Utilizing the AccuBridge for Bugzilla, developers can perform routine Bugzilla defect resolution tasks within AccuRev or their IDE. The bi-directional integration between the Bugzilla database and the AccuRev SCM repository also allows developers to store and monitor AccuRev change package activity from within Bugzilla, improving the traceability of all development work. "Bugzilla allows our team to easily track the status of changes made to the source code for feature enhancements and resolving bugs," says Chris Geggis, Release Manager, Acopia Networks, th... (more)

AccuRev Announces AccuRev 4.5 for Multivendor Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)

AccuRev Inc. announces AccuRev 4.5, its best-of-breed software configuration (SCM) solution. This release adds new functionality that improves both the security and compliance of applications development, and the productivity of geographically distributed, outsourced or parallel development teams. AccuRev 4.5 is designed to be at the core of a multivendor application lifecycle management (ALM) process through its enhanced AccuBridge SDK, combining process and issue-based SCM with leading IDEs and third-party lifecycle tools. AccuRev 4.5 provides maximum customer control, without vendor lock-in and now provides additional value to organizations conducting: Cross-platform, and component-based parallel developmentGeographically distributed and outsourced developmentMultivendor Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)New AccuBridge for Mercury Quality CenterAdditional deta... (more)

Alaska Airlines Standardizes on AccuRev SCM for Consistent Process Automation and Collaboration

(SYS-CON Media) - AccuRev Inc. has announced that Alaska Airlines has standardized on AccuRev for process-centric software configuration management (SCM). Known for embracing innovative technology to improve the customer experience, Alaska Airlines chose AccuRev to be at the center of its best-of-breed application lifecycle management (ALM) strategy. Six of these 12 teams are already in production with AccuRev including the eCommerce Web site (alaskaair.com), all Flight Operations including dispatching, and the Alaska Airlines frequent flyer Mileage Plan. In total, over 400 applications will be managed by AccuRev, providing a secure, centralized repository to increase audit-ability, artifact traceability and reproducibility. Ease of use has also allowed development teams that typically don’t store their code in a centralized repository to begin using the Accu... (more)

AccuRev and Electric Cloud Partner to Advance Multistage Continuous Integration and Scalable Agile Best Practices

AccuRev and Electric Cloud announced a technology partnership designed to improve software development productivity and efficiency.  The combined solution, which integrates the automated build, test and deployment functionality of Electric Cloud’s ElectricCommander software with process-enabled software configuration management (SCM) using AccuRev, advances multistage continuous integration and scalable agile best practices.  Multi-stage continuous integration is employed to build and test changes as they are pushed to each stage in the development process – stages include code creation, integration, quality assurance and code reviews. AccuRev supports the creation of a hierarchy, gives visibility into the changes at each stage and enables straightforward merging between stages. ElectricCommander provides the process automation to make multi-stage con... (more)

AccuRev and Go2Group Partner on Software Development Release

AccuRev and The Go To Group (Go2Group) announced today that they have joined forces to accelerate the software release process of AccuRev customers investing in a best-of-breed software change and configuration management (SCCM) strategy. Go2Group was certified through AccuRev's A.C.E. program (AccuRev Certified Engineer), preparing the company to deliver additional services to AccuRev customers including those responsible for large scale AccuRev deployments. As an AccuRev Consulting Partner, Go2Group will provide a range of services in support of AccuRev customers including project mentorship, tools implementation, training, and process re-engineering, in addition to migration and application integration services around AccuRev's innovative AccuBridge open API solution. Go2Group provides its clients with software production line automation (SPLA) and test automati... (more)

Overcoming Resistance to Change by SCM

We ran across the article “Overcoming Resistance to Change by SCM” by Ben Weatherall on CMCrossroads. The excerpts below exemplify the need for tools like AccuRev that support changing processes and Agile adoption. Ben Weatherall has kindly allowed us to re-post these excerpts so that we may share his insight with all our readers. Excerpts from “Overcoming Resistance to Change by SCM” By Ben Weatherall “As an industry, SCM is conservative – we hold the corporate jewels in our hands and we are reluctant to let either processes, procedures or personnel have a chance to mess them up. In fact, when they do get messed up we tend to lose our jobs. Then along came Agile and the need to support it while maintaining both technical and professional integrity.” “Some of the old versioning tools could not handle merges of codebases where one or more of them had been refactored,... (more)

Q&A from “A First Look at Kando,” AccuRev’s Seamless Git Integration

We held a “First Look at Kando” webinar on Tuesday to mark the launch of our back-end platform for security and compliance with Git. Unfortunately we weren’t able to answer all of the questions in the allotted time, so here are answers for some of the most commonly asked questions. Q: Can a developer use Git without an AccuRev workspace? A: Absolutely. With Kando, the developer does not require an AccuRev workspace. Kando uses a native git repository, so developers can use Git with no modifications – it works seamlessly with AccuRev on the backend. It’s all native Git-to-Git. Q: Is the Git repository limited to a single AccuRev stream, or can it follow most or all of the AccuRev depot? A: The Git repository is not limited to a single AccuRev stream, it is completely configurable. When you create a repository, by default, it’s going to ask you to map the master branch ... (more)

Coverity Introduces Best Practices for Static Analysis in Agile Development

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Coverity, Inc., the software integrity leader, today announced a multi-city seminar series to help software development organizations understand best practices for using static analysis with agile development methods. The free seminars follow on the heels of a recent Coverity poll finding that 60 percent of developers are still researching or piloting agile methods. "Companies using agile are shifting their investments from testing late to analyzing code integrity early in the development cycle," said Behrooz Zahiri, director of product marketing at Coverity. "This has resulted in strong demand for Coverity's static analysis and integrity products to help developers using agile to meet their quality standards in every sprint and iteration. This series of educational seminars is designed to showcase best practices from Cove... (more)