REDMOND, Wash., March 9, 2005 — In its continuing effort to provide enterprise software teams with process guidance for life-cycle development, Microsoft Corp. today announced at the Software Engineering Process Group (SEPG) conference its collaboration with the Carnegie Mellon® Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a federally funded research center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. SEI’s Capability Maturity Model® Integration (CMMI® ) process guidance will be available to Visual Studio® 2005 Team System developers through the Microsoft®
Solutions Framework (MSF). The MSF is a highly extensible, scalable, fully integrated set of software development processes, principles and proven practices incorporated into Visual Studio 2005 Team System to guide software project teams in the delivery of enterprise-ready solutions.
“Together with Visual Studio 2005 Team System, the Microsoft Solutions Framework tailors the enterprise development experience, providing the right guidance, for the right user, at the right time,” said Rick LaPlante, general manager for Visual Studio 2005 Team System at Microsoft. “Visual Studio 2005 Team System enacts and the Microsoft Solutions Framework guides, providing developers with the guidance, processes and tools to achieve productivity and predictability with the application development life cycle.”
Microsoft is ensuring that software development teams have the necessary templates for key documents and activities to help an organization get started quickly with any process. With Visual Studio 2005 Team System, the Microsoft Solutions Framework will provide two process templates: MSF for CMMI Process Improvement, which provides rich connections to the CMMI process guidance to enable organizations to implement mature software development practices and drive business capability quickly, and MSF for Agile Software Development, which enables iterative software development enhanced with features such as risk management, release management and design for operations.
In addition, a number of leading global system integrators and industry partners have provided their real experience and input toward extending the Microsoft Solutions Framework. Organizations plan to customize and extend their own process methods based on the MSF to deliver real business value to customers.
“As a leading provider of process automation solutions for CMMI and a Microsoft partner, we see an immense potential in the intersection of CMMI, a leading quality improvement framework, and Visual Studio Team System,” said Omid Hodaie, CEO of Osellus Inc.
Visual Studio Team System enables visibility and traceability across the software development life cycle and now better predictability with Microsoft Solutions Framework integrated process guidance. MSF’s ready-made process templates for agile and mature processes, customizable guidance all throughout the life cycle from requirements to operations, enable organizations to deliver new business capability quickly by reusing their current assets and best practices. “BrightWork believes that MSF for Agile Software Development is a superb body of knowledge provided by Microsoft to the community. When arguably the most successful software development company in the world gives you a model for iterative software development, it is time to act. BrightWork is thrilled to announce a new product, BrightWork for Agile Software Development based on this new model,” said Eamonn McGuinness, CEO of BrightWork.
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