Tasktop Technologies Enjoys Breakout Year in 2011 as Agile ALM Integration Hits Critical Mass

Enterprise IT organizations turn to Tasktop to synchronize ALM tool stacks and improve productivity, collaboration and software delivery velocity

VANCOUVER, BC, Dec. 20, 2011 – Tasktop Technologies (www.tasktop.com), creators of the Eclipse Mylyn open source tools and a leader in Agile ALM integration and productivity, experienced strong organic growth during 2011 as maturing Agile development practices mandate tighter integration of project management, quality assurance, release management and development tools to achieve success at the enterprise level. Tasktop responded to this growing need with the launch of Tasktop Sync, the most powerful and broadest reaching synchronization server that unifies ALM tool stacks and provides team members working throughout the application lifecycle the ability to collaborate across functions within their tool of choice.

“By focusing on the needs of the developer and creating the Mylyn open source frameworks, we long ago established ourselves as the leaders of ALM integration. But it was not until this year’s release of Tasktop Sync that we were able to meet the ALM integration needs of mid and large scale Agile deployments and ALM modernizations.” said Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop and creator of the open source Eclipse Mylyn project.   “The interest and adoption of Tasktop Sync since that release has been tremendous, and indicative that integration has now become a leading concern of ALM deployments. For a growing number of industries like banking, insurance, healthcare, and manufacturing, software is becoming a core aspect of what they do, and many organizations need the cross-vendor traceability, visibility and collaboration that Tasktop provides.”

Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tasktop now has offices in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany, and has seen its staff grow to more than 30 employees. In 2011, it was named a Best Company to Work for in British Columbia and Best Employer by Small Business British Columbia, was a finalist for the prestigious software industry Jolt Award and received the 2011 AllianceONE Partner of the Year Award from HP. Tasktop now offers integrations with more than 80 leading open source, Agile and enterprise ALM suites recently adding or expanding integrations with Borland StarTeam, Accept360, Microsoft Visual Studio, and IBM Rational Team Concert.

Both Tasktop Sync and Tasktop Dev (for desktop productivity and integration) are built on the industry-standard, open source Eclipse Mylyn ALM interoperability framework. Tasktop Sync provides real-time synchronization, automatic and configurable conflict resolution, and support for more than two dozen ALM tools. It unifies heterogeneous ALM stacks by allowing developers, testers, business analysts and managers to work within their best-of-breed tools of choice, while automatically maintaining traceability across ALM artifacts. Built on the company’s Task Federation™ technology, Tasktop Sync brings task federation to ALM servers, by providing the only real-time, bi-directional and fully automated synchronization between ALM servers. Tasktop Dev supports Tasktop Sync by federating tasks and other ALM artifacts on the developer’s Eclipse and Visual Studio desktops.

The company’s thought leadership also was very strong during 2011, with Kersten and other Tasktop experts presenting more than 30 times at leading industry events, including CeBIT, EclipseCon, JAX, JavaOne, IBM Innovate, Agile2011, Microsoft ALM Summit, SQE East and HP Discover. Kersten also is sought-after source for media and industry analysts, and contributes to a widely read blog at (http://tasktop.com/blog/).  In 2011, Tasktop was active in the open source community with contributions and support for more than a dozen open source projects.

 “Tasktop is helping a growing number of enterprise IT customers build better software faster and more efficiently,” said Neelan Choksi, Tasktop’s president and chief operating officer. “Over the past year, we made significant strides, nearly doubling our revenue and headcount. In conjunction with our ever-growing and deepening ecosystem of partners, we are advancing the productivity of software teams and IT organizations. The next year will be even more exciting and rewarding as we roll out new, innovative technology that helps bring teams together by expanding not just across the software development stack but beyond to an even broader set of constituents.”

For more information on Tasktop Sync or Dev please visit: (www.tasktop.com).

About Tasktop Technologies
Tasktop Technologies aims to transform the productivity of software delivery by unifying Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and empowering developers with task-focused tools. Tasktop invented the task-focused interface and created the popular Eclipse Mylyn project, which transformed the developer’s IDE experience to center around ALM tool-based collaboration. Building on top of Mylyn, Tasktop has been unifying the ALM landscape with its broad ecosystem of ALM partnerships that connect disparate tools from leading Agile, enterprise ALM and open source offerings. Tasktop’s Task Federation™ technology builds on this ecosystem to unify heterogeneous ALM stacks by allowing developers, testers and managers to work within their best-of-breed tools of choice, while automatically maintaining traceability and visibility across ALM artifacts. The company’s Tasktop Sync provides the only real-time bidirectional and fully automated synchronization between ALM servers. Tasktop Dev is the developer-centric ALM interface for the Eclipse and Visual Studio IDEs, making it dramatically easier for developers to work and collaborate, while keeping ALM tools up-to-date with development activity. For more information visit http://tasktop.com

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