Borland Acquires Software Project Planning Tool

Focused on improving its requirements management arsenal for software development, Borland Software on Wednesday is announcing its acquisition of Estimate Professional, a software project planning and estimation tool. Borland is acquiring the technology from Software Productivity Center. Acquisition costs were not disclosed.The purpose of Software Project Planning is to establish reasonable plans for performing the software engineering and for managing the software project. Software Project Planning involves developing estimates for the work to be performed, establishing the necessary commitments, and defining the plan to perform the work.

The tool will be embedded within the next version of the Borland Calibre RM requirements management system, Version 7.0, which is due later this year, according to Borland. Estimate Professional allows users to more reliably predict the required investment, time to market, and associated risks of software development projects before they begin, Borland said. This helps companies maximize the business value of their software, the company said.

Borland already offered the product as an optional bundle with Calibre RM, said Martin Frid Nielsen, vice president and general manager of development services platform solutions at Borland. We’ve already had a relationship with (Software Productivity Center) for quite a while, and the product is pretty complete as it stands, Frid-Nielsen said. Software Project Planning involves developing estimates for the work to be performed, establishing the necessary commitments, and defining the plan to perform the work.

Embedding Estimate Professionals capabilities within Calibre RM will help users predict staffing, scheduling, and budget parameters, Borland said. Additionally, the capabilities will flag problems and detect variances throughout the application life cycle. What we want to do is further the use of estimation in our products, Frid-Nielsen said. He defined estimation as associating information about cost and timeline with projects. Calibre RM assists with team-based development and also helps product managers define the project itself, he added.

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