Borland to offer Internet-based development service, TeamSource

Borland to offer Internet-based development service, TeamSource

Borland Software has announced a new Internet-based service, TeamSource, that is designed to allow geographically dispersed software developers to build applications collaboratively online.

TeamSource was previewed at Borland's annual developer conference, BorCon, which was held last week in California. It will be available in September of 2001. Pricing has not yet been determined.

Companies signing up for the TeamSource service will be able to store code on servers hosted by a managed service provider (MSP) to be approved by Borland. Therefore, members of geographically dispersed development teams will be able to access the code via the Internet and modify it, said Borland director of marketing Ben Riga.

TeamSource will also feature an instant messaging service allowing users to store their instant-messaging conversations centrally on a server and make them available to the other members of the team, Riga said.

Borland soon will select the MSP that will oversee the service, according to vice president of operations Dwight Koop. The company is looking for an MSP that can offer TeamSource on a global level. Although an MSP will handle the day-to-day operation of TeamSource, Borland will be monitoring the service through a network operations centre.

TeamSource will also feature a host of security features, including user authentication, real-time monitoring of user behaviour, tracking of code modification and intrusion detection, said Koop.

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