Telelogic Rolls Out Tau 3.0 for Model-Driven SOA Development

Telelogic (STO:TLOG), a leading provider of software solutions that align advanced systems and software development with business objectives, announced the availability of Telelogic Tau(R) 3.0. This release represents a breakthrough in Model-Driven Development (MDD) environments for enterprise IT applications, including those currently supporting or slated to support a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA).

By enabling engineers to graphically design and develop large, complex software architectures, Telelogic Tau 3.0 bridges the gaps that exist between business, technical, and IT departments. With Tau 3.0′s platform-independent application development environment, organizations can future proof their IT investments because Tau 3.0 enables them to migrate today’s proprietary services applications to formal SOA.

“With its ability to visually assemble, simulate, and test a network-based application of loosely-coupled services components, a model-driven approach will greatly aid the development of Service Oriented Architectures,” says Stephen Hendrick, Group Vice President of IDC, Inc. “A focus on standards-adherence and lifecycle management makes MDD the obvious choice for companies that want to maximize the efficiency of their distributed applications.”

By extending Telelogic Tau, trusted by leading aerospace, defense, telecommunications, and transportation organizations for the development of large, complex systems and software, Telelogic is enabling enterprise IT, financial management, banking, and manufacturing organizations to leverage the benefits of Model-Driven Development. As these users implement Service-Oriented Architectures and other distributed applications, they can look to Tau’s visual construction capabilities to help them identify, select, and develop services, software, interfaces, and components. To achieve these goals, users require a structured approach to design and development not only for the intended application, but also for the entire functioning service system. This system must account for all participants in the architecture, including the intended users and the existing service components being tapped by the application. Tau 3.0 provides the complete, integrated development environment needed to handle this in a clear, robust, and scalable manner.

Tau 3.0 bridges the gap between requirements management and software development, increasing productivity through standards-based graphical development of systems and software for real-time and enterprise IT services-based applications, including those supporting Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA). Key new or enhanced technologies in Tau 3.0 include:

  • Full systems-level application design, including simulation, test, and analysis.
  • Round-trip code support for Java5, C#, and C++; including automated code generation, robust code-to-model import, and full synchronization between the modeled application and the resultant software code.
  • Legacy-application reuse through architectural reverse-engineering and inspection capabilities; allowing simplified incorporation into new deployments.
  • Increased development control between the model and its code through robust IDE integrations with the Eclipse and .NET environments.
  • Development infrastructure needed for SOA enablement, including C# and Java service specifications and Java Stub generation.
  • Retained corporate knowledge with automated import of legacy models developed in Borland Together and Rational Rose.
  • Support for Telelogic’s Requirements-Driven Development initiative; Tau 3.0 allows users to leverage a seamless Telelogic DOORS(R) integration for complete requirements traceability throughout the entire development process.

“We are focusing Tau on its core strengths of developing complex systems architectures and applications in the enterprise IT and technical domains,” said Ingemar Ljungdahl, chief technology officer, Telelogic. “Tau’s enhanced support for Service-Oriented Architectures, the Java and C# languages, and the Eclipse and .NET environments combine with its outstanding support for the Object Management Group’s (OMG) Model Driven Architecture make it the preeminent development tool for distributed IT and real-time services.” Based on user feedback, Tau 3.0 offers many user workflow improvements, including reduced load times and an enhanced user interface that features the familiar Microsoft Office 2003-style look and feel. Other enhancements are query-based model views and the ability to interface user-selected external text editors. Effective reporting is enhanced through the generation of domain-specific HTML reports, allowing developers to communicate their concepts and designs in their own language. For example, the results of a model analysis compare/merge operation can now be stored and reviewed offline in HTML format, greatly increasing the user’s flexibility and ability to share results with team members worldwide. An enhanced mark-up and review system supports virtual design reviews improving collaboration of distributed teams. These intuitive features collectively offer users greater automation and more time to focus on the actual design itself.

Also included in Tau 3.0 is a strengthened, native integration between Tau and Telelogic DOORS, providing the ability to view requirements in the model, as well as the ability to update DOORS with modified or new requirements directly from the model. Requirements-Driven Development is further advanced through unique new traceability support, which allows DOORS requirements to be automatically inserted into generated Java, C++, and C# code as commented text, providing a direct, visual connection between the originating requirements and the final deployable product.

About Telelogic Tau
Telelogic Tau is a Model-Driven Development environment for the design, development, test, and analysis of large, complex systems and software applications for Enterprise IT, Aerospace/Defense, Telecom, and Transportation domains. Its iterative approach keeps errors at a minimum with automated error checking and model checks, from initial requirements to final documentation and code. Tau supports the latest industry standards for visual systems and software development, including UML 2.0, SysML, MDA(R), DoDAF, SOA, and the UML Testing Profile.

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.