SwitchCore Reduces Time-to-Market with Telelogic DOORS, Tau

Telelogic (Nordic Exchange/Mid Cap/TLOG), the leading provider of software solutions that align advanced systems and software development with business objectives, announced that SwitchCore AB (Stockholm Exchange: SCOR), Lund, Sweden, a manufacturer of integrated network devices for data, voice and video communication based on the Ethernet standard, is using Telelogic DOORS and Tau to improve its processes and products. Independent market analysts rank SwitchCore as the world´s fastest growing supplier in the Gigabit Ethernet switching device market.

Traditionally, SwitchCore has managed software and product requirements using word processing and spreadsheet programs. Consequently, the company had limited traceability between documents and no traceability between requirements and test specifications. According to Jens Hultman, manager of Systems and Software at SwitchCore AB, besides being very time-consuming, this manual process could not guarantee every requirement was included in the finished product. As a result, in 2005 the company began evaluating requirement management solutions. However, because SwitchCore subcontracts the development of software drivers to Mindtree Consulting, Bangalore, India, an international information technology services company, any solution had to support distributed development.

These challenges have been solved with the implementation of Telelogic DOORS. Telelogic DOORS is the company’s market- and technology- leading family of solutions for requirements management that improves quality by optimizing communication and collaboration, and by promoting compliance and verification. Using DOORS, SwitchCore is now able to maintain traceability between all documents for all requirements specifications.

Based on the company’s quick success with DOORS, it explored other Telelogic solutions and selected solutions from Telelogic’s Tau product family, which automates design and development best practices. “With the tools we had, we could not validate what we had developed, which could jeopardize product quality,” said Hultman. In the future SwitchCore will investigate the possibility to automatically generate a reference model from the UML specifications.

Improvements are numerous since implementing Telelogic solutions. With complete traceability from DOORS throughout the entire requirements specification process, SwitchCore has increased product quality and it can now validate that all requirements have been met. In addition, DOORS has virtually eliminated the time staff spent tracking different versions of requirements. As a result of implementing Tau and leveraging the power of its formal language (UML), the company is able to validate and simulate code to ensure that all functions as required prior to release.

“Our investment in DOORS and Tau has minimized the risk of a product not meeting requirements, which is extremely costly and of course unwanted,” said Hultman. “Overall, our development process is shorter now as well as smoother, and our staff now have more time to focus on value-added activities. For example, the manufacturing lifecycle for our new Xpeedium product has been shortened considerably by using Telelogic products.”

About SwitchCore
SwitchCore AB develops, markets and sells integrated network devices for data, voice and video communication based on the Ethernet standard. The core of SwitchCore´s expertise is in its CXE technology, which allows for significantly higher network product capacity. Using SwitchCore´s components, customers can develop network products that cost-efficiently manage and prioritize data, video and voice traffic for many demanding applications. Customers and partners are network equipment manufacturers and suppliers, including Intel, Allied Telesyn, Huawei/3Com, Alloptic, Corecess, Dasan, Radisys and World Wide Packets. The Group presently has about 60 employees and some 40 consultants contracted. SwitchCore´s headquarters is in Lund, Sweden. The Company also has offices in San Jose, USA, as well as Singapore and Shanghai in Asia and Rotterdam in Europe. The Company is listed on Stockholm Stock Exchange in the Small Cap segment under the SCOR ticker.

About Telelogic
Telelogic(R) is a leading global provider of solutions for automating and supporting best practices across the enterprise – from powerful modeling of business processes and enterprise architectures to requirements-driven development of advanced systems and software. Telelogic´s solutions enable organizations to align product, systems, and software development lifecycles with business objectives and customer needs to dramatically improve quality and predictability, while significantly reducing time-to-market and overall costs.

To better enable our customers´ drive towards an automated lifecycle process, Telelogic supports an open architecture and the use of standardized languages. As an industry leader and technology visionary, Telelogic is actively involved in shaping the future of enterprise architecture, application lifecycle management, and customer needs management by participating in industry organizations such as INCOSE, OMG, The Open Group, Eclipse, ETSI, ITU-T, the TeleManagement Forum, and AUTOSAR.

Headquartered in Malmö, Sweden, with U.S. headquarters in Irvine, California, Telelogic has operations in 20 countries worldwide. Customers include Airbus, Alcatel, BAE SYSTEMS, BMW, Boeing, DaimlerChrysler, Deutsche Bank, Ericsson, General Electric, General Motors, Lockheed Martin, Motorola, NEC, Philips, Samsung, Siemens, Sprint, Thales, and Vodafone.