Forge.mil Community Manager Recognized for Contributions to Federal IT Community; DISA Chief Technologist and Forge.mil Project Director Rob Vietmeyer Also Honored
February 11, 2010 — CollabNet, the leader in distributed application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions, announced today that Guy Martin is a 2010 recipient of the Federal Computer Week Federal 100 Award, which annually acknowledges “individuals in government and industry who made significant contributions to the federal information technology community” in the previous year. Martin, a CollabNet employee, is the lead community manager for Forge.mil, the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) collaborative software development environment.
The DoD’s Forge.mil initiative is based on CollabNet TeamForge, the leading application lifecycle management platform for distributed software development teams, and CollabNet Subversion, the leading version control and software configuration management (SCM) solution for distributed teams. Rob Vietmeyer, chief technologist at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the DoD’s project director for Forge.mil, also received a Federal 100 Award for his work on the initiative.
“This Federal Computer Week award is both a great honor and a validation of the vision we’ve set forth for Forge.mil,” said Martin. “I’ve always been a strong supporter of open-source-style software development, so it’s gratifying to see that the DoD community has been open to process change and has truly embraced the best practices of Agile and collaborative software development. I also want to congratulate my Forge.mil colleague Rob Vietmeyer, with whom it has been a privilege to work on this effort.”
In his role as lead community manager for the Forge.mil project, Martin has acted as a liaison between more than 4,000 Forge.mil community members and DISA’s key leadership and engineering staff. Martin manages everything from high-level strategy, including governance policies and new project outreach, to design of the Forge.mil website and day-to-day tasks—e.g., fielding user requests to enhance features or eliminate pain points and explaining operating procedures for the project.
“CollabNet is committed to improving the state of software development across many types of industries. Guy’s work has had a significant impact on the federal IT community,” said Bill Portelli, chief executive officer, CollabNet. “He has been able to extend the principles of global collaboration and Agile development in the cloud that CollabNet has pioneered in the commercial sector into the defense community by working closely with the DISA team on the Forge.mil project. More than 4,000 users working on nearly 200 projects are already realizing significant development efficiencies.”
Winners of the Federal 100 Awards will be profiled in the March 22 issue of Federal Computer Week and will be honored at a dinner ceremony on March 22 in Washington, D.C. A full list of this year’s winners is available at http://fcw.com/pages/2010-federal-100-list.aspx.
CollabNet is the leader in application lifecycle management (ALM) platforms for distributed software development teams. CollabNet TeamForge is the industry’s most open ALM platform, supporting every environment, methodology, and technology. With an integrated suite of easy-to-use tools that share a centralized repository, it is the only ALM platform that enables a culture of collaboration, improving productivity 10-50% and reducing the cost of software development by up to 80%. As the corporate sponsor of the open source Subversion project, the best version control and software configuration management (SCM) solution for distributed teams, collaborative development is in CollabNet’s DNA. Millions of users at more than 900 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 or call (888) 778-9793.