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

SD West 2008, Santa Clara, Calif. – March 4, 2008 – AccuRev Inc. and Electric Cloud today announced at SD West 2008 a technology partnership designed to significantly 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 automatically 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 continuous integration scalable and repeatable.

“Cliff Utstein, AccuRev vice president of marketing, said, “Continuous integration and automated build/release processes are the backbone of shorter iterations and agile best practices. AccuRev software is designed to enable these processes out-of-the-box, making a technology partnership with Electric Cloud a natural fit for AccuRev by completing the solution for software development teams.” 

For medium or large software development projects, a full integration build and test can take hours, during which time developers can check in additional changes to their SCM tool that may cause a build or test failure. The risk of build failure increases exponentially as the number and locations of developers grow.  In a continuous integration environment, build failures have an immediate impact on the productivity of entire development teams as the problem is diagnosed and fixed.
 
The integration between ElectricCommander and AccuRev solves this problem by combining and extending several continuous integration best practices:

  • ElectricCommander is an enterprise-class solution for automating and managing the software build-test-deploy process. It is language- and build tool-agnostic, and makes this process more repeatable, more transparent, and more efficient, whether teams use Java, Ant, C/C++, Make, etc.  ElectricCommander distributes individual jobs or job steps in parallel across multiple servers for faster throughput and efficient resource utilization. Unlike traditional “continuous integration servers,” ElectricCommander has an extensible and secure 3-tier architecture that can scale to manage any size project or development organization. It will also help teams respond nimbly to change, requiring minimal changes to existing build or test scripts.
  • AccuRev integrated with ElectricCommander facilitates a multistage continuous integration environment by automating event-triggered builds at different stages of a team’s development release process represented in the AccuRev stream-based GUI. AccuRev streams act as temporary buffers and changes linger only as long as necessary. The result is that the impact of a build or test breaking change is limited to just a single team instead of all development teams typical of continuous integration in mainline development, with zero changes to a developer’s day to day activities.

“We’re finding more and more that enterprises are tying best of breed development tools together to provide a unified workflow,” said Jim Bell, Electric Cloud vice president of marketing. “ElectricCommander provides a robust automation layer that can unify tools, people and processes. This integration with AccuRev will help organizations to not only enable continuous integration, but provide end-to-end traceability from source code, through the build and test process, to deployed application.”

The integration between ElectricCommander and AccuRev is available today from Electric Cloud. For more information, please go to http://www.electric-cloud.com or call (408) 419-4300.

The latest technologies from both AccuRev (booth 415) and Electric Cloud (booth 307) will be on display in the Expo Hall at SD West 2008, Santa Clara, CA, March 3-7. 

About Electric Cloud
Electric Cloud is the leading provider of software production management (SPM) solutions. Electric Cloud solutions automate, accelerate and analyze software build-test-deploy processes to optimize both physical and virtual IT environments. The company's patented and award-winning products help development organizations to speed time to market, boost developer productivity, and improve software quality. Leading companies across a variety of industries, including semiconductors, enterprise IT, ISVs, mobile devices, and transactional Web sites rely on Electric Cloud's Software Production Management solutions to transform software production from a liability to a competitive advantage. For customer inquiries please contact Electric Cloud at (408) 419-4300 or www.electric-cloud.com.

About AccuRev Inc.
AccuRev provides best-of-breed software change and configuration management (SCCM) with a flexible and efficient approach to managing the software release process together with code assets in a seamless manner using any preferred development process model (e.g., Scrum, Waterfall, Lean, XP, RUP, etc.). The AccuRev solution is designed for today’s complex and changing software development environments, including geographically distributed and offshore development teams working on multiple releases in parallel. AccuRev ensures greater project visibility, optimal team collaboration, and software asset reuse to deliver more software at over 30 percent faster than traditional file-based, branch and label SCCM solutions. AccuRev, the fastest growing SCCM company and two-time Jolt Product Excellence Award recipient, is used by a growing number of global enterprises including American Airlines, Orbitz, Polycom, Thomson Financial, T-Mobile and Lockheed Martin.

AccuRev, Inc. is headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts and is privately held. More information about AccuRev can be found at http://www.accurev.com, or by calling 1-800-383-8170 (US and Canada), and 1-781-861-8700 (Outside North America).

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