iRise, the global leader in product definition and collaboration software, today announced the launch of iRise 10.5. This latest release broadens the ability to integrate iRise’s advanced product definition capabilities into the rest of the application development lifecycle, allowing artifacts to be visible and consumable in tools used later in the software development process.
The Agile and DevOps movements have made strides in streamlining the process of coding software and delivering it into production for large enterprises—but designs and requirements have remained largely disconnected, stifling collaboration, slowing product delivery and undercutting product quality. iRise 10.5, via its recent partnership with ALM integrator Tasktop, addresses this by connecting all elements required in the product lifecycle, including functional and non-functional requirements, designs, diagrams, epics and user stories into a comprehensive view.
“For enterprises to compete against digital disruptors, they need to not only exploit the rapid development and deployment offered by DevOps and Agile, but also the user centered design, prototyping and rapid iteration taught by design thinking,” said Stephen Brickley, EVP of Customer Success at iRise. “Our integration bridges the gap between product owners, designers, analysts and the rest of the development and deployment team.”
iRise 10.5 connects to market-leading ALM tools, including Rally, Atlassian JIRA, HP, IBM, Microsoft TFS, Jama, VersionOne, ThoughtWorks Mingle and Blueprint. The result will be a smoother, faster design and development process that is truly end-to-end.
“The next DevOps frontier is making sure that your software factory is actually developing applications that meet the needs of the business, because developing faster doesn’t mean the solution will actually be better,” said Dave West, Chief Product Officer at Tasktop. “With iRise 10.5 and the Tasktop integration, we’re connecting the two worlds of product definition and product delivery, and creating better software as a result.”
iRise’s collaborative platform enables product managers and business stakeholders to use interactive diagrams and prototypes to elicit, communicate and validate requirements and to elaborate user stories. The platform supports a wide range of target platfoms—from mobile, web and desktop apps to kiosk and appliance user interfaces—and scales from small teams to globally distributed enterprises. iRise is offered in the cloud, but also available in on-prem and via private cloud for customers with stringent regulatory requirements. iRise SaaS customers can also take advantage of new features and usability enhancements that are automatically deployed every two weeks.
iRise 10.5 also includes the ability to upload screenshots or mockups and add hotspots to create interactive prototypes in seconds, as well as customer defined requirement and story attributes such as target release, priority and story points. The latest release extends the platform’s lightweight diagramming functionality and includes a completely new version of iRise’s iOS mobile application that allows reviewing and commenting on designs—on device.