SmartBear Code Review Adds Archiving
October 13, 2015

SmartBear Software released Collaborator 9.3 with an “Archive to Zip” feature that eases the burden of audits for regulated industries.

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.

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.

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.

“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.”

By facilitating communication and enabling team members to work together, Collaborator can help catch bugs before software hits the market.

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