This was the last HP Discover with a combined agenda; moving forward the conference will be split between hardware and software products and services.
Tasktop sponsored a booth in the expo hall, staffed by business development, sales, and Tasktop executive management. It was an excellent opportunity to meet and greet our partners and customers. Wesley Coelho, director of business development, attended a few of the HP customer roundtable sessions, where customers were discussing real-life HP products and services use cases for software development lifecycle activities. The topic of integration was pretty hot, with the steady increase in adoption of tools like JIRA and Git, especially at the enterprise level. Where HPs Synchronizer provides integration that jump-starts individual project development, Tasktop Sync provides enterprise-scale integration of multiple systems and their artifacts, for end-to-end SDLC traceability. You can watch a video of Tasktop Sync in action HERE.
On a more social note, Tasktop CEO Mik Kersten hosted a dinner at the Del Toro restaurant for some current and prospective customers. It was great to listen to our happy, deployed customers talk about their success using Tasktop Sync to connect disparate systems while enjoying overstuffed raviolis (DELICIOUS!). Later in the week, Tasktop sponsored a joint cabana party with our HP colleagues. It was fun to unwind on the rooftop of the beautiful Encore hotel with a view of the Vegas Strip at night.
The event reinforced my view that the race to the finish line for software application delivery is increasing the spotlight on agile methodologies and DevOps practices in application development life cycle management. Gartner recently released a magic quadrant report, evaluating ALM providers to help IT leaders select appropriate technology partners for their needs. You can read the whole report HERE.
Take note at Gartners mention of the importance of integration between the data artifacts of those systems. Its a very real, very costly problem talk to us if you need a REAL solution.