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OS/400 Edition
Volume 2, Number 15 -- April 16, 2002

WebSphere Developers Offered New Change Management Option

by Dan Burger

Companies that build, deploy, and integrate e-business applications using IBM WebSphere are faced with preparing essential e-business functions that handle transactions and extend back-end business data and applications to the Web. In iSeries and AS/400 shops, WebSphere applications are dependent upon iSeries data. The applications frequently use RPG, COBOL, and ILE programs for back-end processing power. During development, the applications' iSeries components must be managed in tandem with all other WebSphere components.

The intrigue often begins when PC and Web developers, who are using different tools and processes than their iSeries counterparts, cross paths during the planning, testing, and implementation stages. That's when the collaborative, multiplatform development cries out for some coordination, hopefully with little or no disruption to established procedures.

One of the companies bringing calm to this chaos in the iSeries realm is SoftLanding Systems, which announced last week the integration of its TurnOver Change Management into WebSphere Studio Application Developer via its interface with PVCS Version Manager, the popular PC version control package by MERANT. The combination of PVCS Version Manager and TurnOver Change Management provides unified request-to-deployment management of all WebSphere applications containing one or more iSeries components.

TurnOver Change Management hooks into the WebSphere Studio Application Developer through PVCS Version Manager, which organizes, manages, and protects the software assets from within the WebSphere integrated development environment. The integration between TurnOver and PVCS provides a working environment within the familiar WebSphere IDE while taking advantage of PVCS's source control, along with TurnOver's change management functions. Those functions include application distribution, recovery, archiving, change history, help desk, and project management. Information continuously flows between WebSphere Studio Application Developer, PVCS, and TurnOver without opening either PVCS or TurnOver.

The TurnOver/PVCS interface is a tool that can be instrumental in implementing a single process for all WebSphere application development, even if the applications involve iSeries objects. Developers will continue to use the source control product that best supports their object types. At the same time, managers--using TurnOver on the iSeries-- can streamline higher-level processes such as project management, file promotions, change history, and archiving through TurnOver on the iSeries.

TurnOver supports deployment to iSeries, Windows NT, Linux, and Unix servers, or to any WebSphere server with FTP capabilities.

In addition to unifying the development process, the TurnOver/PVCS interface extends the efficiency and risk control of TurnOver's automated software management to WebSphere development, which often relies on error-prone manual procedures for critical tasks such as distribution, recovery, and archiving. PVCS Version Manager 6.8, TurnOver 5.3, and the TurnOver/PVCS interface are currently available from SoftLanding Systems. The interface is now included with TurnOver development licenses.

The pricing of PVCS Version Manager is $649 per seat (there's no host license), while TurnOver has a tier-based pricing structure, starting at $11,500 for the base license.

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