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Borland to throw down Gauntlet in lifecycle tools strategy

Web-based application allows development teams to track and measure progress of ongoing projects.

Borland Software on Monday is expected to release a product meant to further its strategy of selling broad product suites for corporate software development.

Borland Gauntlet is an application that allows software development teams to track and measure the progress of ongoing projects. The release marks the first time Gauntlet is being issued under the Borland name. The company acquired the technology when it bought Gauntlet Systems in May.

Tod Nielsen
Credit: Borland
Tod Nielsen

The Web-based application is designed to work with source-code management systems to give programmers and development managers more information on project status. For example, the application can verify that code adheres to company standards around security, or it can check that a specific test has been run when the code was checked in.

That data is collected and centralized, which will give development managers more accurate progress reports on ongoing software development projects, according to Borland executives.

"One of the criticisms I've heard of the ALM (application life cycle management) category of old is that it's like looking at the world through a set of soda straws," said Borland CEO Tod Nielsen. "Customers have been pleading with us to give them a unified view of what's going on."

Once a development tools powerhouse, Borland has shifted its focus to application life cycle management--a suite of products that cover modeling, testing, requirements gathering and other phases of the software development process.

Borland Gauntlet works with the company's own ALM tools suite as well as third-party products. For example, the application works with Subversion, an open-source code management tool.

"One of the things that you'll see from us is that we will embrace open source, whereas in the past, we may not have," said Nielsen, who became CEO in late 2005.