Mainsoft links Microsoft SharePoint, IBM Jazz

Mainsoft's integration package facilitates collaboration on application development

In partnership with IBM, Mainsoft on Tuesday will ship an integration package that links Microsoft's SharePoint collaboration platform and IBM's Rational Jazz system for application lifecycle management, enabling business users to have their say in application development.

Integration will be done via Mainsoft Document Collaboration for Rational Jazz. It connects Rational Team Concert with either Microsoft SharePoint or Lotus Quickr. Per-project links are offered to SharePoint and Quickr document libraries from an Eclipse document view, Mainsoft said. The product also integrates Rational Team Concert with workflows to improve the transparency of software deliveries and automate project governance.

[ Related: Mainsoft released a beta of its integration software in November. ]

"This is really [aimed at] enabling the business stakeholders, [who] are using Microsoft Office and its server component SharePoint, to be capable of collaborating with IT development folks, [who] are using Rational Jazz," said Yaacov Cohen, Mainsoft CEO.

Businesspeople who are collaborating on SharePoint can offer their input into software being developed on Jazz, Cohen said. Integration is offered between Windows SharePoint document workflows and Jazz processes.

IBM will license and resell the Mainsoft product, which acts as a plug-in to Jazz. The standard edition of the product costs $25,000 for as many as 250 developers per server. A standard edition, which does not offer workflow integration, costs $4,250 per server for as many as 50 developers.

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