Business management for software projects

End users will be able to manage software projects like a business, with Borland 's Software Delivery Optimisation (SDO).

End users will be able to manage software projects like a business, with Borland 's Software Delivery Optimisation (SDO).

It aims to enable users to manage software projects like a business, according to Boz Elloy, senior vice-president of software products. 

It seeks to solve problems with software projects that do not meet expectations and are beset with difficulties such as costly changes. 

SDO focuses on five key points: applicability, potency, predictability, efficiency, and quality in software projects, Elloy said. With SDO, software delivery will be transformed to a managed business process, he said. Application life cycle management serves as the cornerstone of SDO, he stressed. 

"Software delivery optimisation is about driving the business value out of software, making sure it does return the kind of benefit to the business that we all know it can," Elloy said. 

"It is a good idea," said Alan Gile, technical product manager at WideOrbit, a software development house that is working on software to enable the television industry to manage its business. 

"It is one of the challenges that we are currently facing because our project is so massive," Gile said. Managing changes presents difficulties, as does keeping groups such as sales and marketing in the loop on changes, he said. "It's refreshing to see a company looking at [software project management] as a real issue," Gile said.

Borland, is working on three projects under the umbrella of SDO, Elloy said. Project Themis focuses on teamwork infrastructure. Project Hyperion provides visibility and predictability and featuring decision support, with portfolio and resource management and process automation. Project Prometheus, which Elloy described as "ERP for software delivery", manages external forces and runs software projects as a business. 

Paul Krill writes for Infoworld

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