Blueprint Releases Blueprint Requirements Center 2007

Role-based requirements lifecycle accelerator

Blueprint today launched Blueprint Requirements Center 2007, a role-based solution for requirements lifecycle acceleration.

Software development has increase in size, scope, and complexity; adding to the mix are multi-platform legacy systems as well as several new technologies such as service-oriented architecture and AJAX. Enterprises are learning they must employ the same disciplined approach to software development they have from other disciplines. At the heart is the need for solid requirements definitions, simulation, and validation to "ensure software quality, control application risk, and substantially eliminate rework," according to Blueprint, which also says its new product supports all three elements.

In addition, IT can use Requirements Center for collaboration among distributed or global project teams, including those working with SOA and Web services.

"The nature of IT software projects has changed, and the need for upfront requirements definition and validation is paramount," said Matthew J. Morgan, Blueprint chief marketing officer, in a statement.

"To date, industry vendors have delivered one-size-fits-all requirements solutions biased toward to anticipating high-levels of rework and change. With the launch of Blueprint Requirements Center 2007, Blueprint has delivered a differentiated requirements system that enables customers to obtain a highly visual, collaborative understanding upfront, avoiding rework, and focusing on creating a common understanding through the development and maintenance life-cycle."

Blueprint Requirements Center 2007 ships in three versions:

  • Blueprint Requirements Center Analyst helps business analysts better communicate with customers, development staff, and test teams. Analyst can define application functionality, simulate end-to-end processes, and package business context into a reference platform.

  • Blueprint Requirements Center Developer is designed for development teams and system architects. Developers can open the business requirement models, run simulations, and export reports.

  • Blueprint Requirements Center Tester links requirements and quality assurance and auto-generates complete functional test cases that will examine all requirements.

According to Bill Murray, manager of business analysis and quality assurance at EDULINX, his company’s “development process is heavily based on ensuring business requests are met. Blueprint truly integrates our IT and business teams with a unique lifecycle approach to requirements definition. We were one of Blueprint's first customers in 2005 and since then have been providing Blueprint with guidance on product strategy and features, and are impressed with Blueprint's responsiveness and high level of current product maturity. With Blueprint Requirements Center 2007, we now have a strong track record of proven return-on-investment in eliminating rework, improving development, and accelerating testing efforts."

The company also announced Blueprint Reader, a free extension to Blueprint Requirements Center 2007 that lets organizations share simulations, requirements models, and application blueprints.

For more information, visit http://www.blueprintsys.com