Tasktop's Task Federation Achieves 'Ready for IBM Rational Software' Validation

Tasktop Enterprise builds on OSLC services to bring ALM interoperability between RTC and other ALM tools

VANCOUVER, BC, and ORLANDO, FL (BOOTH #408) June 6, 2011 - Tasktop Technologies, creators of the Eclipse Mylyn open source tools and a leader in Agile ALM interoperability and developer productivity, today announced that its Task Federation™ offering, which synchronizes ALM artifacts, such as defects and tasks, between various issue tracking systems, has successfully completed "Ready for IBM Rational Software" technical validation for interoperability between Rational Team Concert (RTC) and HP Quality Center.

"Tasktop's Task Federation is a catalyst for organizations deploying heterogeneous and best-of-breed ALM environments" said Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop and creator of the open source Eclipse Mylyn project. "Unlike other synchronization solutions, Tasktop's Task Federation can be deployed as either a server-based or desktop client-based application and supports fine-grained access control, and user-based conflict resolution. Tasktop provides interoperability with more than 60 ALM tools and solutions including in-house systems."

The Tasktop Enterprise RTC Mylyn Connector, which is also Ready for IBM Rational Software validated, enables Mylyn's task-focused interface technology within Rational Team Concert to improve developer productivity by displaying only the source code that is relevant for each work item. When used with RTC and another ALM solution via Task Federation, it enables end-users to seamlessly interact with either system and generate reports based on information from both solutions. It also can be deployed in a scalable and secure fashion without requiring any new servers, while maintaining all levels of traceability, security and audit capabilities.

"The full fidelity bi-directional synchronization provided by Tasktop's Task Federation is a key enabler for organizations deploying RTC tools to heterogeneous and best-of-breed ALM environments," said Kersten. "Tasktop has become a leading supplier of cross-vendor and cross open source project ALM interoperability and developer productivity solutions, and has collaborated with IBM on the Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) specification in order to bring about improved levels of interoperability for ALM tools."

"Tasktop's productivity-oriented offerings, when integrated with Rational solutions, collectively work to streamline the entire ALM process for customers," Michael Loria, vice president, IBM Rational Business Development. "We work to continually bring innovation and value to the Rational development community through deeper and robust levels of integration."

Tasktop created its task management tools to help developers be more productive by making it effortless for them to organize their work around tasks. Serving as an ALM integration and automation suite, Tasktop Enterprise has become a key tool for integrating disparate development tools and platforms that are the reality for today's enterprise software development organizations. By providing traceability and knowledge sharing between tools and platforms that are often provided by separate companies, Tasktop helps reduce the complexity and challenges of successfully scaling Agile programs beyond small teams.

In addition to its existing RTC, ClearQuest and ClearCase integrations, Tasktop also announced the availability of its Mylyn integration solutions for the Rational Synergy and Change ALM tools; Ready for IBM Rational validation for these solutions is in progress.

Tasktop will demonstrate its latest integrations in the Jazz Interoperability Center at the upcoming Innovate 2011 conference in Orlando, June 5-9 Booth #408. In addition, Kersten will be delivering a talk, titled "IBM Rational Team Concert Support for Application Lifecycle Management Environments with Eclipse Mylyn and Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration," at the event. To see Tasktop Enterprise firsthand, please visit the Jazz Interoperability Center or the Tasktop booth at Innovate 2011.

About Tasktop Technologies

Tasktop Technologies is the company behind the Eclipse Mylyn ALM integration framework and its revolutionary task-focused interface technology. The task-focused interface is proven to make developers more productive by showing only the relevant information for each task, dramatically reducing search time and facilitating multitasking. Tasktop Enterprise is the company's commercial product based on Mylyn, with task-focused support for web browsing, time tracking, documents, email, calendars and commercial ALM components. Tasktop also provides consulting, connector development services and training to the growing number of companies adopting the task-focused paradigm and tools. For more information please visit http://tasktop.com.

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