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6th Sense Analytics Partners with Serena Software

April 9, 2007

The technology alliance focuses on application lifecycle management solutions.


MORRISVILLE, NC /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- 6th Sense Analytics Inc., a pioneer in improving software development metrics, announced it has joined Serena Software's Alliance Partner Program and will develop sensors (lightweight data collectors) to support Serena's application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions. 6th Sense Analytics joins an impressive list of Serena partners and will leverage Serena's resources and expertise to deliver enhanced value to shared customers.

"Serena's ALM solutions rely heavily on data to provide visibility, traceability, and auditability of software development projects," said Kevin Parker, Vice President of Market Development for Serena Software. "Including 6th Sense Analytics as one of our alliance partners will give our customers yet another way to seamlessly integrate an immense amount of accurate and timely data to optimize their distributed IT projects and support their decision-making processes. This data-driven, closed-loop feedback delivers real value to our customers."

6th Sense Analytics is a powerful and unique software-as-a-service solution for achieving accurate and consistent visibility across distributed software development projects. 6th Sense automatically and unobtrusively collects activity-based data from developer tools and delivers on-demand analytics to individuals and teams. This delivers insight into the time spent on specific activities and provides a basis for understanding team effort, productivity, and overall project velocity, ensuring software development projects are on time, on budget, and on target with business goals. All of this allows software development teams to improve their ability to deliver successful project outcomes, critical to the overall success of a globally distributed software development effort.

"Aligning with companies like Serena Software allows us to demonstrate how automated-metrics collection can build upon the value of enterprise solutions like ALM," said Greg Burnell, co-founder and CEO of 6th Sense Analytics. "By automating one of the most critical aspects of the ALM process, users have an accurate view into exactly where investments are being made, whether processes are being followed, and what's working and what's not. Our technology is a perfect match for Serena's ALM solution."

With Serena Software solutions, all change-related activities—planning, developing, implementing, monitoring, and enforcing—are integrated across the enterprise to bridge silos of change and create a common frame of reference for business and IT. This approach eliminates the high costs, poor quality, and excessive risks that often result from traditional methods of dealing with change, enabling IT to deliver greater value to the business. At the same time, companies are increasingly working in heterogeneous environments and, until now, lacked visibility between their mainframe and distributed application development environments. By integrating mainframe and distributed application lifecycle management, Serena enables users to visualize the impact of changes before they take place, orchestrate the optimal implementation of those changes, and enforce best practice lifecycle processes across all development activities, regardless of platform or location.

6th Sense Analytics will publish sensors to support Serena's ALM solution in Q2 2007.

About Serena Software
Serena Software, the "Change Governance leader," provides software and services to more than 15,000 organizations around the world, including 96 of the Fortune 100 and 90 of the Global 100. Recognized by IDC as the largest software provider focused exclusively on change, Serena offers a new approach to change—Change Governance—that enables businesses to efficiently, consistently, and successfully control change across the enterprise. Serena helps companies capitalize on change to achieve transformative business results. Serena, a portfolio company of Silver Lake Partners, has more than 800 employees worldwide and is headquartered in San Mateo, CA, with offices throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit the company's Web site.

About 6th Sense Analytics
6th Sense Analytics, a pioneer in improving software development metrics, gives developers and managers deep insight into their software development process by delivering accurate metrics without interrupting the software development lifecycle or changing the tools used. The company uses an open and independent architecture that provides visibility into the status of distributed software projects. Founded in 2004 by a team of experienced software development executives, 6th Sense Analytics is a privately held company based near Research Triangle Park, NC.


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