Borland Software has acquired Estimate Professional, a software project planning and estimation tool, from Software Productivity Center.
The tool will be embedded in the next version of the Borland CalibreRM requirements management system, Version 7.0, which is due later this year.
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Estimate Professional allows users to predict the required investment, time to market, and associated risks of software development projects before they begin. This helps companies maximise the business value of their software, Borland said.
The product is already available as an optional bundle with CalibreRM, said Martin Frid-Nielsen, vice-president and general manager of development services platform solutions at Borland.
"We've already had a relationship with (Software Productivity Center) for quite a while, and the product is pretty complete as it stands," he said.
Embedding Estimate Professional's capabilities within CalibreRM will help users predict staffing, scheduling and budget parameters. Additionally, the capabilities will flag problems and detect variances throughout the application life cycle.
"What we want to do is further the use of estimation in our products," Frid-Nielsen said.
CalibreRM assists with team-based development and also helps product managers define the project itself, he added.
Through the acquisition, Borland hopes to compete with rival products including Telelogic Doors and Rational Requisite Pro, Frid-Nielsen said.
Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld