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Cloud Platform Offers Customized Software That Won't Break the Bank



Not all business software comes shrink-wrapped in a box. Like the best business suits, the best business software is often custom-tailored. That can be expensive and time-consuming.

But there’s a newly improved online development platform that can help your team deliver business software with custom-made quality at off-the-shelf prices in a fraction of the time. It addresses the two critical ingredients in building customized software: business requirements and software requirements.

GatherSpace is a cloud-based requirements management solution that helps businesses analyze and set specifications for the business requirements (what tasks the software is meant to accomplish) and the software requirements (what specific functionality the software needs to have to accomplish those tasks).

The process of producing quality software hinges on the end users, product managers and business analysts being able to clearly articulate use cases and functional and technical requirements to the technical teams. GatherSpace promotes collaboration and workflow between the business and technical teams and helps them manage changing requirements throughout the software development and product lifecycle, the company says.

But GatherSpace is not a project management or simple collaboration tool. It was purpose-built for managing business and software requirements and has dozens of features designed for effectively communicating requirements, including visual use-case modeling, a traceability matrix, requirement notifications, rich-text editing and report generation.

First launched in 2009, GatherSpace has added new features this week, including a powerful requirements search drill-down that allows users to instantly view specific and high-priority items. The new functionality also includes an at-a-glance activity tab for improved collaboration and workflow and added fields for enhanced importing and exporting of data, including the ability to instantly publish on-demand, Web-based reports.

Because it's a cloud-based solution, GatherSpace is particularly suited for the software development needs of businesses with geographically dispersed teams.

Reach BusinessNewsDaily senior writer Ned Smith at nsmith@techmedianetwork.com. Follow him on Twitter @nedbsmith.



Ned Smith

Ned was senior writer at Sweeney Vesty, an international consulting firm, and was Vice President of communications for iQuest Analytics. Before that, he has been a web editor and managed the Internet and intranet sites for Citizens Communications. He began his journalism career as a police reporter with the Roanoke (Va.) Times, and was managing editor of American Way magazine and senior editor of Us. He was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and has a masters in journalism from the University of Arizona.