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Merant Delivers Major New Version of Industry’s Most Comprehensive Change Management Platform

  • 04 June, 2003 08:30

<p>—Dimensions 8 Makes Automated, Closed-Loop Change Management More Accessible;
Enables Organisations to Better Manage Costs, Delivery and Quality of Technology Initiatives—</p>
<p>SYDNEY and HILLSBORO, Ore. — 3 June 2003 — Merant (NASDAQ: MRNT; LSE: MRN), a leading provider of software and services that deliver flexible control of code, content and other business-critical assets, today announced a powerful new version of Dimensions, the industry’s most comprehensive change management platform. The latest version, Dimensions 8, delivers dramatically improved usability and administration, customisable process models, and a next-generation, fully integrated and automated build solution.</p>
<p>“Our superior functionality, built around the most robust, flexible process engine in the industry, has long made Dimensions the only real choice for organisations tackling advanced, complex development projects, including the world’s largest, the Joint Strike Fighter,” said David Balazsy, a Director of Merant for Australia and New Zealand. “The massive strides we’ve made in this release in terms of usability, flexibility, and scalability will increase the value and scope of Dimensions, and make its powerful capabilities more accessible to a much broader range of users and organisations.”</p>
<p>“We were truly impressed by the sheer scope of the new features in this release. The product has been improved in almost every area, particularly in terms of its overall usability. Merant continues to surpass all of our expectations not only from a technology perspective, but also from the standpoint of outstanding customer support and service. There is no question that Merant is one step ahead of other vendors in this market,” said Leon Blackman, Principal Technical Specialist at Tabcorp.</p>
<p>Dimensions provides — in a single change management framework — comprehensive process control, versioning, baseline management, issue management, release management, next-generation build management, and workflow management. Ideal for collaborative team environments and distributed groups, Dimensions can be rapidly implemented, ensuring the protection and management of all enterprise assets.</p>
<p>Featuring process control that can be easily customised to fit agile or traditional methodologies, or modeled on specific needs, Dimensions quickly simplifies change management across an entire organisation. Leveraging the Dimensions platform, organisations can reduce costs, increase productivity, and better manage their technology initiatives to meet business objectives and regulatory or audit requirements.</p>
<p>What’s New in Dimensions 8
Dimensions 8 delivers an impressive array of new features that enhance its overall flexibility, usability and performance, including a single, enterprise-wide repository, database independence, and native IDE support. Other new or improved capabilities are client usability, enhanced administration tools, seamless integration with Merant’s industry standard process asset library, and a comprehensive build capability.</p>
<p>Database Independence
Already designed to adapt quickly to existing infrastructure, the latest release of Dimensions is more flexible than ever. Dimensions 8 delivers full support for multiple databases including IBM’s DB2 Universal Database for UNIX, Windows and Linux, Oracle 8i and 9i, and even custom Oracle databases. A later 2003 release of Dimensions will support Microsoft SQL Server 2000, freeing organisations to use the tools and technologies best suited to their needs.</p>
<p>First Enterprise-Wide Repository
Dimensions 8 is also the first product in the industry to capture — within a single repository — all meta-data associated with electronic assets, processes, issues, and relationships. By ensuring that all assets are contained in this repository, Dimensions gives customers unprecedented power and flexibility for accessing and managing assets. Authorised users can view and manage assets, processes and issues from anywhere in the organisation, at any time, with a uniform user experience. This also ensures the most comprehensive impact analysis of changes to products, programs and infrastructure, reducing the burden on service organisations and minimising the risk of negative effects on ROI and revenue.</p>
<p>“The ability to encompass all assets, across all platforms, within a single repository offers significant value to organisations, not only from an administrative and ease-of-use perspective, but in terms of ensuring that change management disciplines are consistently extended enterprise-wide,” said Clive Burrows, principal analyst at Ovum, Ltd. “This capability, along with many of the other enhancements in version 8, make Dimensions a strong solution for organisations in a wide range of industries.”</p>
<p>Closed-Loop Lifecycle Management
Moreover, Dimensions 8 seamlessly integrates with popular third-party technologies, such as Mercury Interactive’s test management software, TestDirector 7.6, and Telelogic DOORS, a multi-platform, enterprise-wide system for ensuring a project’s compliance to specified requirements and standards. As a result, Dimensions not only automates communication, collaboration and co-ordination across development and QA groups, it also offers a closed-loop solution for seamless, requirements-driven development. This dramatically enhances productivity, software quality and reliability, and even boosts end-user acceptance.</p>
<p>Native IDE Support
Dimensions 8 offers native integrated development environment (IDE) support, enabling simplified issue, version and process management from within all leading IDE environments, including Visual Studio .NET 2003. Tight integration with Merant Build, Merant’s new, next-generation solution for build management, ensures that engineers can easily initiate automated builds locally or remotely through the Web interface when working from known baseline configurations. And, since Dimensions automatically maintains and manages all dependencies as it captures and stores the subsequent bill of materials, it provides superior impact analysis and reduces the expense and risk associated with rebuilds.</p>
<p>Simplified, Web-Based Administration; Improved Security
Dimensions 8 also features powerful new administrative tools, including an intuitive, web-based administrative console and a graphical lifecycle designer. Authentication against the LDAP server further simplifies tool administration, and support for industry-standard 128-bit encryption ensures all network traffic is secure inside and outside the firewall.</p>
<p>Improved User Interface
Merant has also significantly enhanced Dimensions’ overall ease-of-use, with a specific focus on meeting the needs of developers. The desktop client has been redesigned to be similar in appearance to Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003, improving productivity, and is easily customised to suit individual preferences. Dimensions’ web client has been extended to support additional functionality, and now delivers improved performance across a WAN. The ability of organisations to deploy an intuitive, functionally rich and secure web client broadens access across the enterprise, without incurring administrative costs.</p>
<p>“Microsoft is pleased that Merant is supporting Visual Studio .NET 2003 and Windows Server 2003,” said Prashant Sridharan, lead product manager for the developer and platform evangelism division at Microsoft Corp. “Dimensions’ new desktop client will give Visual Studio .NET developers a consistent user experience.”</p>
<p>Incorporating Industry Methodologies and Best Practices
Dimensions 8 also includes a more robust process engine that quickly implements — and then enforces — business processes to automate and optimise activities throughout the development lifecycle. This powerful process engine supports a wide range of industry standard methodologies, processes and best practices, and integrates seamlessly with Merant’s industry standard process asset library. As a result, customers can easily leverage CMM, CMMI, CMII, FDA, ITIL, SEI CMM, ISO 12207, PMBoK and the IEEE standards.</p>
<p>In addition, Dimensions 8’s process engine offers full scripting capabilities so that organisations can capture and apply comprehensive version control and change management practices to processes, even across multiple databases.</p>
<p>New Build Solution
Merant Build is the industry’s first fully integrated, automated solution for building software applications. Tightly integrated with Dimensions, it supports all leading integrated development environments (IDEs). Builds can be initiated from the ISPF, web client or command line for local and remote support, and there are pre-configured build types for C, C++, JAVA, COBOL, PL/I, CICS and DB2. Powerful logging and reporting capabilities offer visibility into the live status of builds, and full integration with Dimensions ensures that all dependencies are captured and stored to provide superior impact analysis and reduce re-builds.</p>
<p>Availability
Dimensions 8 is available now.</p>
<p>About Merant
Merant delivers the industry’s most flexible and comprehensive enterprise change management solutions. Already in use at more than 16,000 organisations across the globe, including more than 90 of the Fortune 100, Merant’s products and services dramatically enhance the productivity, quality and ROI of customers’ technology initiatives by allowing them to quickly and cost-effectively track, manage and control modifications in business-critical information assets. For more information, please visit www.merant.com.</p>
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<p>For further information please contact:</p>
<p>David Balazsy Merant 03 9522 4404
Shuna Boyd BoydPR 02 9418 8100</p>
<p>Dimensions and Merant are trademarks of Merant. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.</p>

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