Award-Winning ALM Platform Supports Compliance with Global Healthcare Regulations, Drives Cost Reductions; Tight Subversion Integration Important Factor in Selection
MORTSEL, Belgium, and BRISBANE, Calif., April 1, 2010 — Agfa HealthCare, a leading provider of diagnostic imaging and healthcare IT solutions, and CollabNet®, the leader in Agile application lifecycle management (Agile ALM) in the Cloud, announced today that Agfa HealthCare has deployed CollabNet TeamForge® to support more than 200 major software development projects around the globe. More than 700 globally distributed Agfa HealthCare employees, including software developers, product and project managers, quality assurance engineers, and development managers, collaborate closely using the CollabNet platform. The company estimates that deploying CollabNet TeamForge has already resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in cost savings. More information about CollabNet TeamForge is available at www.collab.net/products/ctf.
A key factor in Agfa HealthCare’s selection of CollabNet TeamForge was the platform’s flexible support for every development methodology. Agfa HealthCare develops software using Agile, waterfall, Scrum, and other methodologies, with an appropriate methodology selected on a project-by-project basis. CollabNet TeamForge’s ability to support multiple methodologies within the same system has helped drive adoption and increase productivity across development teams.
CollabNet TeamForge’s ready integration with other technologies used by Agfa HealthCare was another important selection factor. The platform’s tight integration with Subversion, a popular open source software configuration management (SCM) project founded by CollabNet, was especially important. Taking advantage of the open architecture, Agfa has integrated CollabNet TeamForge with Hudson, an open source build and test server, and HP Quality Center, a leading testing platform, via certified integrations provided by CollabNet.
In addition to increasing productivity and reducing costs, CollabNet TeamForge enables Agfa HealthCare to comply with the wide array of healthcare regulations that apply to its business around the world. The platform’s central content repository and sophisticated audit, tracing, and tracking functionality support business processes and procedures that the regulations require.
“Agfa HealthCare is a global company that conducts business in more than 100 markets worldwide, and we therefore have very complex regulatory compliance requirements,” said Volker Wetekam, vice president, information technology, Agfa HealthCare. “CollabNet TeamForge enables our development teams around the world to create better software—faster and at lower cost—while complying with these regulations.”
“Regulatory compliance is a critical requirement for companies in healthcare, finance, and many other industries,” said Bill Portelli, chief executive officer, CollabNet. “The CollabNet TeamForge development and governance platform provides the detailed, traceable, and documented accountability their distributed software development teams require to meet today’s demanding regulations.”
CollabNet leads the industry in Agile application lifecycle management (Agile ALM) in the Cloud. The CollabNet TeamForge® ALM platform, CollabNet Subversion software configuration management (SCM) solution, and ScrumWorks® project and program management software enable teams using any environment, methodology, and technology to increase productivity by up to 50% and to reduce the cost of software development by up to 80%. The company also offers training, including Certified ScrumMaster training, software development process improvement services, and an innovative community management approach to driving enterprise development success. As the founder of the open source Subversion project, CollabNet has collaborative development for distributed teams in its DNA. Millions of users at more than 2,500 organizations, including Applied Biosystems, Capgemini, Deutsche Bank, Reuters, and the U.S. Department of Defense, have transformed the way they develop software with CollabNet. For more information, visit www.collab.net.
The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world’s leading companies in imaging and information technology. Agfa develops, manufactures and markets analogue and digital systems for the printing industry (Agfa Graphics), for the healthcare sector (Agfa HealthCare), and for specific industrial applications (Agfa Materials). Agfa is headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is present in 40 countries and has agents in another 100 countries around the globe. The Agfa-Gevaert Group achieved a turnover of 3,032 million euro in 2008.
Agfa HealthCare, a member of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, is a leading provider of IT-enabled clinical workflow and diagnostic image management solutions, and state-of-the-art systems for capturing and processing images in hospitals and healthcare facilities. Agfa HealthCare has over a century of healthcare experience related to diagnostic imaging and has been a pioneer on the healthcare IT market since the early 1990’s. The business group has sales offices and agents in over 100 markets worldwide. Sales for Agfa HealthCare in 2008 were 1,223 million euro.
For more information on Agfa HealthCare, please visit www.agfa.com/healthcare.