BigLever, Telelogic Team on Model-Driven Development, Software Product Line

BigLever Software(TM), a leading provider of software product line development tools and services, and Telelogic(R), a leading global provider of software solutions for Enterprise Lifecycle Management, announced the creation of a partnership aimed at meeting customer demand for the integration of model-driven development(TM) (MDD(TM)) and software product line (SPL) technologies. With the unified capabilities of Telelogic’s Rhapsody(R) MDD solution and BigLever’s Gears(TM) SPL solution, both companies’ customers can realize major improvements in time-to-market, combined with the productivity gains of MDD and the dramatic increases in portfolio scalability delivered by SPL approaches.

The Telelogic Rhapsody/BigLever Gears Bridge solution is the industry’s first convergence of these synergistic technologies. While MDD technology provides a powerful enabler for the rapid development of individual products within a product line, as well as greater conceptual clarity for the maintenance and evolution of those products over time, companies face complex challenges in managing product diversity across a product line. Software product line methods and tools are specifically designed to provide these essential capabilities. The integration of MDD and SPL technologies provides a simple, elegant new approach that enables companies to effectively incorporate the management of product diversity into their MDD processes.

“Companies face complex challenges in creating and maintaining the embedded software needed to support a rapidly expanding product line portfolio,” said Gisela Wilson, director of IDC’s Product, Project and Portfolio Management Solutions service. “The industry’s growing array of product development tools and technologies provide specific capabilities for addressing various aspects of the portfolio development lifecycle; however, the combination of MDD and SPL methods delivers a more integrated approach. The integration of these highly complementary technologies allows development organizations to more effectively deal with software product line diversity across the entire portfolio development lifecycle.”

“The embedded/real-time software industry clearly recognizes the value of MDD and the resulting productivity and quality gains,” said Greg Sikes, executive vice president, Modeling Solutions at Telelogic. “The integration of Telelogic Rhapsody, and its support of MDD, with BigLever’s Gears, and its support of SPL, provides the embedded/real-time software development community with another major advancement in the ability to develop, maintain, and leverage reusable software assets.”

“As emerging SPL technologies have evolved, MDD has remained an under-served part of the SPL portfolio development lifecycle,” said Charles Krueger, chief executive officer of BigLever Software. “Telelogic and BigLever joined forces to address this problem at the request of a mutual customer and soon discovered much broader market demand for integrating these innovative technologies. This wide-spread market interest combined with Telelogic’s MDD experience and perspective and BigLever’s SPL expertise and new generation methods created just the right confluence of ideas and demand to drive the convergence of MDD and SPL. This partnership will allow Telelogic and BigLever to deliver a leading-edge solution uniquely designed to embrace MDD as an integral part of SPL practice.”

With this integration, development organizations can achieve significant productivity gains and heightened efficiency from utilizing: 1) Rhapsody MDD models, rather than working with traditional source code, and 2) Gears’ SPL consolidation and automated production capabilities, rather than creating cloned copies of MDD models for each product or building “one-size-fits-all” software for all products. This new level of efficiency enables companies to deliver more new products faster, while reducing the development effort and optimizing product quality.

About BigLever Software Gears
BigLever Software’s industry-leading software product line solution, Gears, addresses the unique challenges of engineering software for a portfolio of similar products. Gears provides an innovative, yet pragmatic, approach that shifts the development focus from a multitude of products to a single software production line capable of automatically producing all of the products in a portfolio. Gears can be used in any or all stages of the portfolio development lifecycle, from requirements to development, testing and deployment.

About Telelogic Rhapsody
Rhapsody is an industry leading UML 2.0 and OMG SysML-based Model-Driven Development environment for embedded systems and software engineering. With advanced capabilities to extend UML 2.0, Rhapsody supports both functional and object-oriented design techniques in one environment. Rhapsody has won numerous awards including the Best in Show award at the Embedded Systems Conferences in San Francisco and Boston from VDC; the SD Times 100 for the third year in a row by taking top honors in the modeling category; and the Model-Driven Development Focus of the Embedded Development Arena award. Rhapsody has been recently endorsed by Embedded Market Forecasters as the tool of choice for C developers.

About BigLever
BigLever Software, a leading provider of software product line development tools and services, dramatically simplifies the creation, evolution and maintenance of embedded or standalone software for a product line portfolio. BigLever’s patent-pending solution, Gears, enables software development organizations to reduce development costs and bring new product line features and products to market faster, enabling businesses to more reliably target and hit strategic market windows. BigLever is based in Austin, Texas.

About Telelogic
Telelogic is a leading global provider of software solutions for Enterprise Lifecycle Management (ELM). Award-winning Telelogic software helps customers design, develop, and deliver the world’s most advanced and innovative products, systems, and software more efficiently by aligning and optimizing development lifecycles and business processes with business objectives and customer needs. Telelogic helps customers improve quality and predictability while reducing time-to-market and overall costs. Headquartered in Malmö, Sweden, with U.S. headquarters in Irvine, California, Telelogic conducts business in more than 40 countries. More than one third of the Fortune Global 500 companies use Telelogic software including market-leading aero/defense, automotive, financial services, software/electronic and telecommunications companies and governments worldwide.

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