Borland Delivers IT Management and Governance Solution

Solution combines process best practices, skills training, and integrated technology to help organizations achieve software delivery optimization

CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Feb. 14, 2006 -- Borland Software Corporation today introduced a complete, personalized IT management and governance solution to help organizations achieve IT business alignment, increase visibility and control over IT projects and investments, improve execution with more effective resource utilization, and manage regulatory compliance. The solution combines Borland's process improvement and skills training services with a new version of Borland® Tempo, packaged and delivered in an integrated way that can help IT organizations manage their investments, projects, and resources more efficiently and cost effectively.

The Borland IT Management and Governance (ITM&G) solution is the first of several solutions Borland will offer this year to address core process areas for achieving software delivery optimization (SDO). In addition to ITM&G, Borland also plans to provide solutions for requirements definition and management, lifecycle quality management, and change management.

Each complete Borland solution will include a tailored combination of team training, process improvement services, and application lifecycle management (ALM) technology, designed and implemented by a Borland solution architect so it best fits a customer's unique needs. This personalized and balanced approach is designed to help IT organizations conquer the fundamental pain points that repeatedly hinder successful software delivery, helping them make software development a more manageable and predictable business process.

"Unfortunately, today software and failure are too frequently linked, and we as an industry need to start tackling the software problem with the urgency it deserves," said Rick Jackson, chief marketing officer at Borland Software. "The root cause of this problem is often the complex and inefficient way that software is delivered. To reduce the complexity and increase the predictability of software delivery, we are offering customers a series of packaged, maturity-based solutions that leverage our global process expertise, our comprehensive library of process assets and templates, and our award-winning ALM technology."

Borland ITM&G: Better Decision Making, Better Execution

Aligning the objectives of the IT organization with those of the various lines of business is perhaps the most challenging task faced by IT leaders, especially amid the growing complexity of compliance requirements, distributed teams, and the ever-changing aspects of technology. IT management and governance holds the promise of controlling this chaos, providing organizations with the ability to better focus, manage and measure their IT and software investments. This enables individuals and organizations to answer three key questions that will help maximize the business value of software:

  • Are you making the right investments?
  • Are you executing in the right way?
  • How do you know?

IDC predicts that the IT project and portfolio management (ITPPM) market, a primary discipline of good IT management and governance, will experience nearly 15 percent compound annual growth in the next four years. (See note 1)

"IDC sees a growing confluence between IT project and portfolio management and application life-cycle management processes, organizational strategies, and automated tools to enable stronger coordination between IT and the business," said Melinda Ballou, program director for IDC's Application Life-Cycle Management service. "Given current industry pressures, Global 2000 organizations need to be able to leverage core data and capabilities across these areas so that quantitative information can help to inform qualitative choices about IT resources, and project/program portfolios to enable more adaptive business support."

The Borland ITM&G solution is specifically designed to link top-down, business-driven decision making (IT governance) with bottom-up, day-to-day IT execution (IT management). It includes support for demand management, portfolio management, financial and resource management, asset management and project and portfolio management. This solution arms IT teams with the skills, services, and products they need to efficiently evaluate and prioritize investments from across the organization based on costs, benefits and risks.

It also provides a complete set of automated best practices and capabilities for successfully planning and executing initiatives at the project level, as well as across the broader IT portfolio. As a result, organizations can be more effective in focusing their investments, more predictable in their performance and more accountable for their results.

"IT management and governance is critical to the success of IT organizations. P&O Ports North America currently relies on Borland to help prioritize IT projects efficiently, enabling us to focus only on those projects that align with our corporate objectives," said Mark Manuel, senior director of IT for P&O Ports, a worldwide leader in cargo handling services and port management with more than 25,000 employees. "We've learned that the processes and methodologies our organization follow to manage and govern IT are just as important as the technology itself, and we're very impressed with the unique, process-centric way in which Borland is approaching this market."

The Borland ITM&G solution includes the latest version of Borland Tempo, an integrated and fully Web-based technology suite with new dashboard, project, portfolio, and document management feature enhancements. Going forward, Borland intends to integrate quality verification metrics into Borland Tempo for more complete tracking of progress and results across projects. For more information on Borland Tempo, please visit: http://www.borland.com/us/products/tempo/index.html.

Borland Accelerate: Ensuring Success with a Transformational Approach

Borland solutions are applied via Borland Accelerate, a proven approach for customer success that evaluates an organization's existing process maturity and identifies specific areas for improvement. Borland Accelerate is designed to transform an organization's process maturity level using a flexible four-phase improvement framework that applies best practices, training and technology in a way that is tailored to the customer's unique needs.

Availability

The Borland ITM&G solution is now available. For teams that wish to quickly address specific sub-processes within IT management and governance, Borland also offers Accelerators, a set of packaged offerings that include process guidance, technology and skills training for these specific areas. For instance, Borland offers a Portfolio Management Accelerator for organizations seeking to address critical gaps in their portfolio management infrastructure. Borland will make more information available about new solutions offerings targeting other areas throughout 2006.

To learn more about how effectively your organization handles IT management and governance, take the Borland Self Assessment at http://www.borland.com/itmg.

About Borland

Founded in 1983, Borland Software Corporation is a global leader in platform independent solutions for software delivery optimization. The company provides the software and services that align the people, process, and technology required to maximize the business value of software. To learn more about delivering quality software, on time and within budget, visit http://www.borland.com.

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Safe Harbor Statement

This release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined under the Federal Securities Laws, including the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is subject to the safe harbors created by such laws. Forward-looking statements may relate to, but are not limited to, the potential benefits to be derived from the Borland ITM&G solution and the expected market demand in the IT management and governance market. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations that involve a number of uncertainties and risks that may cause actual events or results to differ materially. Factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially include, among others, our ability to enhance the quality and scalability of our products, improve the integration and overall functionality of these products as part of our ALM software development platform and evolve our ALM platform toward our vision of SDO; our ability to integrate quality verification metrics, acceptance of our products and services including our enterprise software development platform/solution; our ability to successfully deliver on large transactions; our ability to establish or enhance strategic alliances; rapid technological and business change that can adversely affect the demand for Borland products and services; and general economic factors and capital market conditions. These and other risks may be detailed from time to time in Borland periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, its latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and its latest Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained from www.sec.gov. Borland is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Information contained on our website is not incorporated by reference in, or made a part of this press release.

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Note 1: IDC, "Worldwide IT Project and Portfolio Management 2005-2009 Forecast and 2004 Vendor Shares"; Dec. 2005