Microsoft Corp is changing its perspective on application development with Visual Studio 2005 Team System, according to VSTS general manager Rick LaPlante.
Speaking at Borland Software Corp’s annual BorCon conference in San Jose, California, LePlante said VSTS would help simplify and automate team-based Application Lifecycle Management.
VSTS is Microsoft’s first solid move into ALM, taking the company’s development products beyond the relatively narrowly defined area of Integrated Development Environments.
Microsoft has historically preferred to focus on tools through Visual Studio, leaving ALM to more specialist providers like Borland Software Corp, IBM Corp’s Rational and Telelogic AB. However, VSTS takes on areas such as Software Configuration Management, modeling and testing.
Through an integrated platform, Microsoft, like Borland and others, is attempting to improve both the application development process and the ability for companies to manage software once it has been rolled out.
We [Microsoft] used to think of development as developers. Thinking about where we have to get to has made us think more broadly, LePlante said.
He promised VSTS would be simple for developers to use. If you have to go and hire a consulting firm to figure out what you installed, we have failed, LePlante said. If, in order to collaborate, you have to do 20 more steps, then you are using Rational’s tools.