Merant has introduced Merant Professional 8, a solution for the software configuration management (SCM) industry. Merant Professional (formerly known as PVCS Professional) now includes improvements in security, performance, scalability, and support for distributed development, as well as integrated build management. Merant Professional is designed to help customers reduce development errors, establish repeatable builds and predictable development schedules, and deliver solutions to market faster. Merant Professional includes Merant Tracker, which is designed to deliver automated tracking of bug reports, defects, and other project issues and changes, as well as Merant Version Manager, which enables simplified parallel development. And now, with Merant Professional 8, customers have a choice of using Merant Configuration Builder or Merant Build, Merant's build management solution.
Merant Build is integrated with Merant Version Manager, allowing customers to automate and synchronize the build management process. Merant Build offers multi-platform and multi-language support, and integrates with integrated development environments (IDEs) including Ant, Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, WebSphere Studio Application Developer, and Borland JBuilder. It can also be used for cross-platform and remote builds. Other enhancements to Merant Professional include advanced filtering, single-click column sorting, label and version browsing, and features that are intended to help development teams working in disparate locations, such as an improved Web client with differencing and merging capabilities, customizable Web reporting and printing, double-click editing, manual notification, and file attachment. Moreover, with the new Version Manager file server, users can remotely access software assets using either the Web client or the distributed client.
Additional enhancements in Merant Tracker 8 support multiple issue types within a single project, allowing teams to track defects, enhancements, requirements, tasks, and project issues all within a central project repository. And, relationships between these issue types, including duplicate and information relationships, can be created and managed within and across projects. Merant Professional 8 also supports single sign-on, as well as Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), providing a method of managing user authentication and user administration. The new Version Manager File Server is designed to enable a true client/server architecture, providing secure repository access for all Version Manager clients and improving performance and scalability. The file server stores and enforces permissions, and no longer requires read/write access to archives, eliminating accidental deletion of archives. It also supports heterogeneous environments and can be configured to work with an organization's existing firewalls. Merant Professional 8 will be available in November 2003.