SOURCE: VA Software Corp.

December 21, 2006 17:16 ET

Siemens AG Selects SourceForge® Enterprise Edition

Collaborative Development Platform to Accelerate Delivery of IT Development Projects

FREMONT, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 21, 2006 --VA Software Corporation (NASDAQ: LNUX) today announced that Siemens Enterprise Communication, GmbH & Co, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens AG, has selected SourceForge Enterprise Edition as its collaborative software development platform. SourceForge will enable Siemens' global teams to better coordinate communications and information sharing amongst its distributed development organization, enabling more agile delivery of software development projects. The benefit will be significant reductions in time to value while increasing quality.

"In order to deliver software on time and with the required feature set, we needed to have a flexible solution that would allow us to remain customer-focused and successfully deploy agile development processes across distributed teams. SourceForge provided us with the optimal solution," said Mr. Wolfgang Strunk, Project Leader OpenSOA Framework for Siemens Enterprise Communications Group.

Siemens Enterprise Communications started development of a new product line for business-focused communications emphasizing unified communications and collaboration. "We not only decided to build it on a new technology as a services-oriented architecture (SOA), but also adopted agile development methods to overcome the challenge of a rapidly changing business and technology environment," said Strunk. "In 2004, we started with a small team of collocated experts and grew rapidly to over 200 staff around the globe. In this process, we quickly saw a critical need for a common integrated platform to coordinate communications and collaboration. We started with a set of non-integrated open source tools and quickly turned to evaluate various existing application lifecycle management solutions. Of all those tested, we selected SourceForge because of its open architecture, flexibility and capability to support all stages of the development life cycle -- including existing and future tools and processes," said Strunk.

"We received excellent support through VA Software's local reseller, ASERVO AG, during our tool evaluation phase. ASERVO supported us in our interaction with their close linkage back to the SourceForge development team. We feel very confident that this relationship will support all our future needs," Strunk adds.

"We are pleased to be selected by Siemens for their application lifecycle management solution. We are off to an excellent start. Our channel partner ASERVO and Siemens are working very well together and our combined objective is to increase the velocity and quality of work created by the Siemens' distributed development teams. As the quantity of SourceForge Enterprise users increase, so will the value returned to the organization," said Darryll Dewan, group president SourceForge Enterprise. "Our scalable solution will help Siemens to overcome the challenges of development and increase their productivity while maintaining selected investments made in their existing IT infrastructure."

SourceForge Enterprise Edition enables organizations to overcome the challenges of geographically distributed development. SourceForge is a secure, centralized application that connects disparate tools and processes together with an integrated suite of project management, change management and collaboration tools for optimizing and managing distributed development, expanding visibility and control, improving development efficiency, and empowering greater collaboration and innovation.

About Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co. KG

Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co. KG is one of the world's leading vendors of Open Communications solutions for enterprises of all sizes. Its headquarters in Munich was founded in October 2006 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens AG. It is one of the world's leading vendors of Open Communications products and services.

About 17,000 employees in 80 countries develop and implement solutions designed to meet customers' Information Technology needs and to optimize their business processes -- innovatively, securely and flexibly.


ASERVO AG serves international software vendors by helping them to get their products and services directly to the IT and technical departments of the top 1000 organizations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. ASERVO has a team of experienced account managers and marketing specialists, which are vendor-independent, in a sales organization specialized around tools in the areas of system management, compliance, security and software development.

ASERVO AG was founded in 2003 as E:Concept GmbH. Today, ASERVO AG counts companies such as VA Software, Tripwire, Workshare, Arcway and Instantiations to its most valued and successful customers.

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About VA Software Corporation

VA Software Corporation is the online media, software and e-commerce leader in community-driven Open Source innovation. VA Software is the parent company of OSTG, Inc. (Open Source Technology Group) and the creator of SourceForge Enterprise Edition. For company information, visit

SourceForge Enterprise Edition is the world's leading collaborative development application in use by many Global 1000 companies for optimizing and managing distributed development within the IT and software development organizations. For more information, visit

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NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations, and involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the value returned to VA Software as the quantity of SourceForge Enterprise users increase, and the results Siemens achieves from VA Software's solutions. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements due to various factors, including: VA Software's ability to serve Siemens, success in increasing SourceForge Enterprise users. Investors should consult VA Software's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission,, including the risk factors sections of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2006, and Quarterly Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 31, 2006, for further information regarding these and other risks of VA Software's business. All forward looking statements included in this press release are based upon information available to VA Software as of the date hereof, and VA Software does not assume any obligations to update such statements or the reasons why actual results could differ materially from those projected in such statements.

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