SmartBear’s Code Review Tool Adds Archiving

You have to applaud SmartBear Software, when the company’s code review tool adds archiving functions… the firm’s comms dept. issues a simple ‘Ronseal‘ statement saying: SmartBear’s Code Review Tool Adds Archiving.

The company, which works as a specialist in software quality tools, has released Collaborator 9.3 with an “Archive to Zip” feature that is meant to ease the burden of audits for regulated industries.

In case you are anal, about data retention

Code review contents can now be saved in a non-proprietary format into a zip file, ensuring long term data retention. Collaborator is the only tool available that allows teams to peer review code, user stories and test plans in a transparent, collaborative framework – instantly keeping the entire team up to speed on changes made to the code.

“The ‘Archive to Zip’ feature has been requested by several of our customers who need to adhere with regulatory compliance,” said Justin Collier, product owner, Collaborator at SmartBear. “Companies like GE Aviation, Lockheed Martin and HP, need a way to save all of their review conversations, information and materials to a zip file that can be referenced years down the road. This latest version of Collaborator provides this capability, so customers can move forward with confidence that review contents can be easily accessed at any time that an audit may occur.”

Proof of peer

Many companies find that it is difficult to provide clear proof that peer code reviews are happening or have happened within their teams. Often times, organizations that are preparing for an audit don’t have easy access to the data that they need to provide the auditors, whether they are internal or external to the organization. Many auditors time how long it takes the company to pull together all of the necessary files for the audit. With Collaborator 9.3, that changes.

The new “Archive to Zip” feature ensures that teams can quickly gather the appropriate review documentation and quickly send it to the auditor. This speedy turn around shows the auditing team that review processes and procedures are taken seriously.

Regulation situations 

In addition to providing data for immediate auditing needs, many companies are required by government regulations to keep records of peer reviews for as long as their equipment is in service. The “Archive to Zip” feature allows development, testing and management teams to save code review contents in a zip file for long term data retention.

Code review contents can be saved into a non-proprietary format, helping customers in regulated industries meet government regulations and internal policy requirements.

To download a trial version, visit: http://smartbear.com/product/collaborator/free-trial/

About Adrian Bridgwater

Adrian Bridgwater is a freelance journalist specialising in cross platform software application development and data analytics as well as all related aspects of software engineering and project management.   Adrian is a regular writer and blogger with Computer Weekly, Forbes, The Register and others. His journalistic creed is to bring forward-thinking, impartial, technology editorial to a professional (and hobbyist) technology audience around the world. His mission is to objectively inform, educate and challenge.
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