A nice article from eWeek came out today that validates an earlier post I made.
As Microsoft moves to broadly cover the application development life cycle by adding testing, profiling and design tools to its environment, Compuware says its partnership with the software giant has paid off so far—and that it should continue to do so as new opportunities arise in the market.
"Compuware as a company has addressed the area of the development life cycle for some time," said Rob Straight, product manager for DevPartner products at Compuware in Nashua, N.H. He said the company offers platform-independent tools that complement the Microsoft environment.
Theresa Lanowitz, an analyst with Gartner Inc., of Stamford, Conn., said the ecosystem is a big deal for Microsoft. With VSTS, Microsoft "is legitimizing the whole concept of the application development lifecycle" and making a strong play compared with IBM Corp. with its Rational division and Borland.
"In terms of IBM and Borland with respect to this announcement, … IBM should have been telling this story as soon as the Rational acquisition was closed," Lanowitz said. "IBM has not used the Rational acquisition to its benefit to tell the whole application lifecycle story. Borland does not have the attention of the CIO and still messages at a very developer-centric level. This is very '90s.