Mainsoft In the News - 2009
"Being able to collaborate with the business experts is very important," said IBM Rational's Dave Johnson, who is an expert in the IBM Rational Jazz platform on which Team Concert is based, and who worked with Mainsoft on the integration. This integration, he said, allows the development team to reach out to the broader community that may not be using Team Concert. "With agile you need constant interaction with the business folks, and sometimes it's hard to find experts or get their time. Social software can help you find experts in different areas."
With a technology preview on Tuesday, Mainsoft seeks to link business persons into the software development process by integrating the IBM Rational Team Concert collaborative environment and IBM's Lotus Connections collaboration platform.
Mainsoft Tuesday added support for Notes 8.5 to its software that integrates the collaboration platform with Microsoft's increasingly popular SharePoint Server. In addition, SharePoint Integrator for Lotus Notes 2.0, includes a number of features for cross-platform and SharePoint calendar integration, managing document storage and integration with hosted SharePoint Online.
If you are an organization who uses both SharePoint and Lotus Notes, this is a solution you need to consider.
The problem Mainsoft targets is that even the most techie developers don't work in a vacuum. They must collaborate on documents written by people who aren't developers and view these documents in the context of their own project, said Thorsten Hoffman, technology architect for BearingPoint GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. BearingPoint programmers can use SharePoint to store their documents and route them through the approval process. For the nonprogrammers on the project, SharePoint is a familiar and easy-to-use tool.
Word is just out that Mainsoft, which offers software to bridge the .NET and Java worlds, will be at the IBM Rational Software Conference next week previewing a solution that integrates SharePoint's social networking capabilities with IBM Rational Team Concert.
Mainsoft on Tuesday released software that will integrate Rational Team Concert with either Microsoft SharePoint or IBM Lotus Quickr, hoping to bridge an all-too-common rift between software developers and business managers looking to fill a business need for new software.