Software Productivity Center Inc. announced that Merant acquired EssentialSET, SPC's leading process improvement product. As well, Software Productivity Center has entered into an agreement with Merant offering process consulting as a key component of Merant Best Practices for Change Management. Merant Best Practices for Change Management also includes Merant's leading enterprise change management platform, PVCS DimensionsTM; Merant's best practices framework, Merant EssentialSET Enterprise; and the process and implementation consulting necessary to help customers immediately begin taking advantage of comprehensive, closed-loop change management.

The Merant and SPC professional services component of Merant Best Practices Solutions delivers the expertise necessary to quickly guide a customer through successful change management problem solving. It includes an assessment to recommend process models, such as CMM and CMII, as well as assistance in the implementation of these process models and the Merant software platform.

"Merant and SPC together provide the most experienced change management professional services team in the industry," noted Wolfgang Strigel, President of SPC. "We share a fundamental understanding of the importance of controlled development processes and aspects of change across an organization, ensuring that we can rapidly standardize and extend best practices throughout the enterprise for an even greater return on systems investments."

As part of the introduction, Merant also announced the acquisition of EssentialSET Enterprise from SPC. A key element of Merant Best Practices for Change Management, Merant EssentialSET Enterprise ensures the highest levels of quality and efficiency and facilitates predictable and repeatable project outcomes, through comprehensive and consistent guidelines, templates, documentation and procedures for the implementation of recognized industry best practices. Merant EssentialSET Enterprise serves as a framework to ensure automated, goal-directed business planning, project management, quality assurance and software development, maintenance and operations.

"It is imperative for today's organizations to align, control and manage change to meet a broad range of business needs," noted James Rogers, VP Product Marketing with Merant. "Drawing on our years of experience in this area, we combined our innovative technology, industry best practice process models and outstanding consulting services to create a comprehensive change management framework that helps companies quickly address this critical issue. Merant's Best Practices for Change Management adapts to and leverages an organization's own unique processes and workflows so that customers benefit from true end-to-end, closed-loop change management."

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