August 05, 2008 09:00 ET

Twin Rivers Technology Group Standardizes Application Development on Aldon ALM

Smart Branching, Cross-Platform Support Play Key Role in IT Group Success

EMERYVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - August 5, 2008) - Aldon, the leading provider of process-driven application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions, today announced that Twin Rivers Technology Group (TRTG) -- a subsidiary of Anderson News Group -- has standardized its application development process on Aldon across multiple platforms and locations. The company chose Aldon ALM because it brings process, visibility, and workflow to the development lifecycle and puts all users onto the same solution regardless of platform. IT managers gain a crystal clear view of all IT assets and projects at any given time and ensure compliance standards are met, while developers are freed to focus on application innovation rather than administrative tasks.

TRTG builds and runs the applications that support numerous distribution channels for major book and magazine distribution centers across the country -- from ordering, shipping and tracking to payroll and inventory -- supporting both the front and back-end of IT. The company's IT team is a busy one and at any given time there are more than 35 development projects running across a team of 20 developers bouncing back and forth from RPG programming to Java.

Diana Barnhart, IT Systems Manager of TRTG, states, "Our application development cycle is dynamic and fast moving. We needed a change management solution equally dynamic and we found that with Aldon. We now have total source code control, have eliminated redundancies and changes to applications are faster and smoother."

Aldon's Smart Branching feature was a key driver for TRTG selecting Aldon. It allows developers to work on different projects and components of an application in parallel, all the while detecting and managing conflicting changes. The sophisticated logic component with Aldon identifies conflicts between versions while the graphical compare and merge tool makes the merge simple. TRTG can now branch across platforms in a single step or can branch multiple IDE projects simultaneously. This enables rapid, concurrent development for TRTG and ensures that all work on an application stays in sync.

Barnhart adds, "Because our developers know they can rely on Aldon Smart Branching they can focus on creating innovative code instead of worrying about where it goes or resetting IDEs."

With Aldon, TRTG also has gains a centralized business view to distributed application inventories so the development team can automatically build, organize and maintain a central inventory of all application components. Users can easily access application components by their business function and at various stages, across multiple environments and in conjunction with multiple project teams. Also, management can obtain real-time information about the status of any application, any project or any object across the inventory.

Another key driver for TRTG selecting Aldon Lifecycle Manager was to ensure the company applies a best-practices approach in the corporate auditing process; involving both the IT and business units of the company. The Aldon solution provides TRTG with a structured, repeatable and auditable software development process so that requests and changes to the IT team and business units are tracked at all times and there is a precise documentation of workflow processes across the enterprise.

About Aldon

Aldon is the leading provider of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solutions that brings the benefits of process-driven application change management to IT, accelerating the delivery of mission-critical business applications. Aldon ALM solutions support today's agile organizations by enabling IT teams to greatly improve their products' time to market, reduce business disruptions, achieve regulatory compliance and increase return on investment. More than 1,300 companies, including 70 of the Fortune 100, rely on Aldon ALM solutions for enterprise software configuration and change management for their IT business processes. Established in 1979, Aldon is headquartered in Emeryville, California and maintains 16 offices worldwide serving more than 40 countries. For more information, please visit

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