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Merant Delivers Rich Integration with Visual Studio .NET & Visual Studio 'Whidbey'

  • 28 October, 2003 11:02

<p>—New Merant Dimensions for Microsoft .NET Cuts Costs, Improves Productivity and Reduces Risk throughout Development Lifecycle—</p>
<p>MELBOURNE and LOS ANGELES — October 28, 2003 — Merant (NASDAQ: MRNT; LSE: MRN), a leading provider of software and services that deliver flexible control of code, content and other business-critical assets, today unveiled Merant Dimensions for Microsoft .NET.</p>
<p>Merant Dimensions for Microsoft .NET is the only enterprise change management solution that features native integration with Visual Studio .NET 2003, and full support for SQL Server 2000 and Windows Server 2003.</p>
<p>The industry’s most flexible and comprehensive platform for enterprise change management, the Merant Dimensions framework delivers complete process control, versioning, baseline management, issue management, release management, next-generation build management, and workflow management.</p>
<p>Now, with Merant Dimensions for Microsoft .NET, organizations can implement the processes and controls necessary for comprehensive change management while enabling developers to write and manage applications from within Visual Studio .NET 2003 and Visual Studio “Whidbey.”</p>
<p>Moreover, with Merant Dimensions for Microsoft .NET, enterprises can securely store and manage all enterprise assets and meta-data across all platforms within a single SQL Server 2000 repository. Not only does this allow organizations to leverage existing infrastructure investments, but it also enhances collaboration and visibility across development teams and projects, significantly improving productivity, application quality and overall time-to-market.</p>
<p>“Many vendors simply go through the motions of integrating with development tools, with very disappointing results,” said Stephen King, senior vice president and general manager at Merant. “We felt it was essential to completely integrate Merant Dimensions with Visual Studio .NET 2003 to ensure the most positive user experience for developers. This, combined with the inherent power and flexibility of the Dimensions platform, allows organizations to streamline development initiatives across highly complex, heterogeneous infrastructure and achieve much more than just basic version management.”</p>
<p>Rich, Intuitive Integration with Visual Studio .NET 2003
Unlike other change management solutions, which typically require a dedicated, proprietary client, Merant Dimensions for Microsoft .NET provides a rich, native integration with Visual Studio .NET 2003. This simplifies and automates the process of managing change throughout the entire development lifecycle. With Merant Dimensions for Microsoft .NET, organizations can track, manage and coordinate disparate projects and teams in real time, without requiring developers to leave the Visual Studio .NET environment. This ensures assets are securely preserved, while significantly improving productivity and delivering a consistent user experience for developers.</p>
<p>“Merant has shown a great deal of initiative in terms of helping companies take full advantage of the latest Microsoft technologies. This new integration with Visual Studio .NET 2003 and planned support for Visual Studio ‘Whidbey’ is compelling because it allows enterprise customers to benefit from the full power of Merant Dimensions while enabling developers to work with a familiar interface at all times,” said Prashant Sridharan, senior product manager for the Developer and Platform Evangelism Division at Microsoft Corp.</p>
<p>Full Support for SQL Server 2000 and Windows Server 2003
Merant Dimensions for Microsoft .NET is an ideal choice for organizations that wish to maximize new or existing infrastructure investments. In addition to Windows Server 2003 support and planned support for Visual Studio “Whidbey,” Merant Dimensions for Microsoft .NET delivers full support for SQL Server 2000. This allows enterprise customers to securely store and manage all enterprise assets and meta-data across all platforms, including Windows, UNIX, Linux, OS/390 and z/OS, within a single SQL Server 2000 repository.</p>
<p>By enabling organizations to coordinate and automate change activities spanning multiple applications, platforms and development environments, Merant Dimensions for Microsoft .NET increases overall efficiency while delivering the lowest possible cost of administration and ownership. And, it ensures the scalability, performance and security demanded by IT and business imperatives.</p>
<p>Seamless Migration Services
For organizations interested in switching to Merant Dimensions for Microsoft .NET, there is now an exciting new option. Merant’s migration services for Merant Dimensions moves software assets reliably and quickly from a variety of in-house and commercial version control and change request systems, including those offered by Computer Associates, IBM Rational and many more.</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability
Merant Dimensions for Microsoft .NET will be available toward the end of 2003. For more information on pricing and availability, please visit</p>
<p>About Merant
Merant delivers the industry’s most flexible and comprehensive enterprise change management solutions. Thousands of organizations across the globe rely on Merant’s software and services to dramatically enhance the productivity, quality and ROI of their technology initiatives by allowing them to easily track, manage and control modifications in business-critical information assets. For more information, please visit</p>
<p>For further information please contact:</p>
<p>David Balazsy Merant 03 9522 4404
Shuna Boyd BoydPR 02 9418 8100</p>

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