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Spectrum Updates SCM Tool
By Alan Zeichick

November 15, 2002 — The latest version of Spectrum Software Inc.’s source-code configuration management tool, released at the end of October, focuses on adding flexibility and interoperability to the software’s reporting capabilities.

According to Spectrum CEO Sarathi Srinivasan, SpectrumSCM 1.1 ( allows development managers to create and report customized project metrics to support quality objectives, such as the Software Engineering Institute’s Capability Maturity Model, or CMM.

Also new to version 1.1 is the ability to store binary files of unlimited size, as well as simpler mechanisms for attaching, viewing and tracking a change request’s supporting documentation and images. There is also a “make common” feature that allows artifacts to be shared between multiple branches of a source or project tree. In addition, the update allows multiple users to check out and edit the same file simultaneously.

According to Srinivasan, the tool’s pricing has remained constant, and at a starting cost of $750 per developer seat, decreasing to $400 in high volumes, is significantly less expensive than competing SCM tools. “Traditionally, organizations have been reluctant to purchase enterprise CM tools or implement CM solutions because such tools were expensive and not affordable,” he said, adding “SpectrumSCM’s entry-level pricing is at the cost of a version control software like [Microsoft’s] Visual SourceSafe but provides full CM functionality.”

Srinivasan emphasized that SpectrumSCM is a multiplatform solution, as “one single system that supports multiple platforms to undertake version control, issue tracking, process management/control, workflow, release management, parallel development and more.” Platforms supported include Linux, Mac OS, Unix and Windows, as well as IBM’s mainframes.


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