November Reflections from CEO Flint Brenton

November 21, 2018 Flint Brenton

It’s that time of year when we reflect on what we have to be thankful for. This year has flown by and for CollabNet VersionOne, it’s been a whirlwind of exciting activity.

Last year at this time, we had just announced our merger with VersionOne, the leader in Agile management software. I remember the excitement, the synergy and the promise of change that our team was feeling around last year’s holidays. It was an incredible match and the beginning of a lot of hard work to make this integration a powerful win for our customers and a catalyst for never-before-seen integration in our marketplace.

Now looking back over the challenges and victories of this past year, I head into this year’s holiday season grateful for the folks that make up the CollabNet VersionOne team and full of excitement for the year ahead.

In 2018, we made some pivotal moves to harness the strengths that CollabNet VersionOne held in Value Stream Management, Agile management, enterprise-grade Git version control and DevOps and lay a foundation for future innovation.

Product Innovations

Right off the bat at the beginning of the year we released updates to our product suite that ensured end-to-end visibility for enterprise software organizations to be able to manage all aspects of the software development and delivery lifecycle in light of data insights gained through value stream management. We made four subsequent product releases this year, all enabling organizations to scale Agile and align software development and delivery processes with business goals.

Analyst Recognition

One good indicator of progress and success in our industry is positioning in key analyst research. CollabNet and VersionOne had been leaders in our respective spaces in the past, but our industry has changed so rapidly over the last few years with the proliferation of DevOps and re-organization of categories around application management, that new categories and perspectives have emerged. Our means of ranking and evaluating tools and vendors needed some updating and we’ve seen several new categories published by analyst firms over the last year or two.

It was incredibly affirming to see CollabNet VersionOne placed so favorably in Forrester’s “New Wave: Value Stream Management Tools Q3 2018,” in August 2018. Value Stream Management is now front and center in DevOps discussions and CollabNet VersionOne has played a pivotal role in educating and evangelizing our community on the value of capturing performance insights and integrating business goals into the software development lifecycle.

Significant Partnerships

As CollabNet VersionOne continues to grow leading enterprise organizations through the practice of Value Stream Management, scaling Agile and implementing DevOps, it’s only natural we partner with other industry leaders and combine our strengths. That’s why we made two significant alliances in the last few months.

First, we announced a partnership with Parasoft, a leader in automated software testing. The importance of automated testing throughout the software development lifecycle is undeniable and now customers can benefit from an integrated solution. CollabNet VersionOne’s Value Stream Management Suite includes the Parasoft solution, enabling continuous integration and delivery. To learn more about this partnership and solution you can read the full press release.

In October we announced that we teamed up with Compuware. This Partnership enables Value Stream Management with a unified view of cross-platform development and deployment. Essentially, this alliance will help large enterprises unify their Value Stream Management (VSM) by incorporating critical mainframe software development activities into their digital value chain. For more information about this announcement you can read the full press release about our product integration.

State of Agile

Last, but certainly not least, this year was another success for the State of Agile Report and launch of the 13th annual State of Agile Survey. This is a valuable body of research and is widely cited across the industry and across the world.

Many organizations use the results in the State of Agile Report to gauge trends in the industry and help make decisions around implementing Agile. And many vendor organizations look to the State of Agile Report to gain insights on how to better serve their customers.

Findings published from the 12th annual State of Agile report, published in April, showed us that organizations are scaling Agile and it is expanding across the enterprise, although there is a lot of room for improvement regarding adoption rates.

We are currently collecting responses for the 13th State of Agile survey and would love to have you contribute input. We’ve extended the deadline to Dec. 31, 2018 and you may take the survey here.

As you can see, it’s been quite a year. We’ve accomplished so much and I have a great team of people in Atlanta and around the world to thank for our success. It’s an honor to lead this talented, motivated team.

Cheers to the upcoming holiday season, sharing strategies and vision for 2019 (soon!) and to your success as well! What were your biggest accomplishments and challenges in 2018? What are you thankful for at the year’s end? I’d love to hear your feedback, please leave a comment below.

About the Author

Flint Brenton

Flint has extensive experience leading innovative software companies and has an exceptional track record of accelerating growth through product innovation and sales execution. Most recently, he served as president and CEO of AccelOps, a provider of a leading IT operations analytics platform for cloud and virtualized infrastructures. Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of Tidal Software, a leading application automation software solution provider, which later was acquired by Cisco. After the Cisco acquisition, Mr. Brenton served in various follow-on capacities, including Vice President of Advanced Services and as Senior Vice President of Engineering for Cisco’s cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) software offerings. At both AccelOps and Tidal Software, Mr. Brenton more than tripled sales under his tenure while focusing both companies on disruptive product introductions.

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