Mainsoft Announces "Document Collaboration for Rational Jazz, Microsoft SharePoint Edition, Beta"
Jazz.net Community Invited to Provide Input
Milpitas, Calif. - November 20, 2008 - Mainsoft® Corporation, an IBM® Advanced Business Partner and leading provider of Microsoft® SharePoint®-Java™ EE interoperability software, today announced the Beta release of Document Collaboration for Rational® Jazz™, Microsoft SharePoint Edition. Developed on an open, extensible framework, offerings built on IBM's Jazz technology platform can easily be extended to Microsoft environments. For instance, the first release of this product extends IBM Rational Team Concert™, enabling developers to search, access, modify, and publish documents on Microsoft SharePoint sites. Document Collaboration for Rational Jazz also integrates with business workflows based on the SharePoint document management infrastructure, helping extend collaboration across the enterprise and deliver more effective software project governance.
The GA release, planned for Q1, 2009, will also support IBM Lotus® Quickr™, enhancing Jazz-based collaboration across IT environments and disciplines. In future releases, Mainsoft intends to support additional Jazz-based products, including IBM Rational Requirements Composer and IBM Rational Quality Manager.
According to Philippe Cohen, Mainsoft's vice president of products and solutions, "Web 2.0-based collaboration infrastructures such as SharePoint and Quickr are transforming the way business teams collaborate and share documents. Likewise, integrating these market-leading collaboration tools into Rational Jazz-based products will enhance developer-to-developer collaboration on product documents and enable development teams to solicit feedback and approvals from enterprise team members who do not use an IDE."
Document Collaboration for Rational Jazz Beta Features
From within IBM Rational Team Concert, Document Collaboration for Rational Jazz, Beta release enables developers to:
- Quickly navigate SharePoint sites and document libraries from the team artifact view using filters as well as search, favorites, and back/forward buttons.
- Create, modify, and publish SharePoint documents. IBM Rational Team Concert users can check-in, check-out, view documentís version history, and access document properties from the Eclipse document view. SharePoint server collaboration features available in Microsoft desktop applications are also available when they are launched from RTC.
- Subscribe to a SharePoint RSS feed and receive real-time changes on document libraries.
- Integrate SharePoint document workflows into the IBM Rational Team Concert development process. This feature alerts enterprise team members, such as legal, security, product marketing, and other subject matter experts, that they need to review and approve work item-related documents. Business team members will receive email notifications or tasks within IBM Lotus Notes® or Microsoft Outlook®.
Direct access to SharePoint document libraries from within IBM Rational Team Concert.
Documents related to a Jazz project appear in a SharePoint task list in Outlook.
"We welcome Jazz.net testers, community members, and enthusiasts to provide feedback through Jazz.net," said Stephen Lauzon, senior manager, ISV Strategy and Ready for IBM Rational. "Community usage and input are important next steps for integrating Web 2.0-based collaboration sites into IBM's Jazz technology platform."
About Mainsoft Corporation
Founded in 1993, Mainsoft Corporation develops software and solutions that integrate Microsoft technologies, specifically SharePoint and .NET applications, into IBM middleware: Lotus Notes, Lotus Sametime, Lotus Expeditor, WebSphere® Portal®, and WebSphere Application Server. For developers, Mainsoft has built a patented plug-in to Visual Studio® that allows .NET developers to write Web applications in C# or Visual Basic and run them natively on Java EE platforms. For more information about SharePoint integration with IBM platforms, or to learn about .NET-Java interoperability, visit www.mainsoft.com.
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