SOURCE: Blueprint Systems

Blueprint Systems

January 11, 2010 09:00 ET

Blueprint Introduces Requirements Center 2010 Feature Pack Two

New Product Features HP Quality Center Software Interoperability, Delivers Industry's Most Complete Requirements Lifecycle Solution Purpose Built to Optimize Application Modernization Projects

TORONTO--(Marketwire - January 11, 2010) - Blueprint, the market leading requirements software provider, announced the availability of Blueprint Requirements Center 2010 Feature Pack Two, which features bi-directional HP Quality Center software integration designed to empower software project teams to precisely define, validate, and deliver successful application modernization projects.

Today's IT organizations are embarking on the most significant business application refresh in history as businesses modernize their IT infrastructures to support operations into the 21st century. Analyst firm Gartner found that 'legacy application modernization' was one of the top technology priorities of 2009(1), and will remain a priority in 2010. Today's applications must be business centered, heterogeneous, and highly flexible, to meet user expectations. In order to modernize existing applications, IT organizations must fully understand the capabilities of the existing application and precisely define requirements for needed changes to more effectively support business objectives now and into the future.

"IT systems and services need to better respond to today's businesses, which are evolving at a never before seen rate of change," said Theresa Lanowitz, CEO of voke Inc. "Visually defining all requirements ensures modernization project goals are clearly understood and agreed upon. CIOs have never been under more pressure to get it right up front than in today's challenging environment."

Blueprint has been collaborating with HP over the past six years. The combination of Blueprint and HP Quality Center delivers a leading requirements definition and management solution that enables business analyst teams to visually define requirements and manage them through the development lifecycle. Blueprint Requirements Center 2010 Feature Pack Two enables requirements authors to define all requirements, including textual lists, use cases, business process diagrams, glossaries, roles and actors, data, business rules, and UI prototypes, within a fully integrated and traceable requirements workbench. Through visual simulation, Blueprint empowers requirements authors to align global teams that include executives, project managers, and developers.

"We have elevated our project delivery performance significantly using Blueprint and HP Quality Center," said Vince Frankson, Senior Product Manager at Vertafore. "Enhancing and modernizing our applications has become a strategic imperative for our organization, and this new integration will ensure that all project teams are working together to ensure quality requirements at every stage of the process."

To ensure the best support for requirements authoring and management in software projects, Blueprint is delivering the following new capabilities in Blueprint Requirements Center 2010 Feature Pack Two:

--  Blueprint introduces a landmark capability to allow for instant
    identification and isolation of all changes to requirements and for HP
    Quality Center to be updated with these changes;
--  Requirements authors within Blueprint Requirements Center can see
    requirements flagged by Quality Center users for further definition and
--  HP Quality Center users now have the capability to leverage
    Blueprint Requirements Center glossaries, business processes, and textual
    lists from within HP Quality Center to ensure clarity of requirements
    during development and testing; and
--  Blueprint Requirements Center fully supports HP Quality Center's
    version control system to ensure changes are managed for easy impact
    analysis within HP Quality Center.

"This release represents a major step-forward in aligning the requirements process with development and testing in a highly iterative and increasingly agile development world," said David Nyland, President & CEO of Blueprint. "With input from our major customers, we have been increasing the scope and depth of our integration with HP's leading Requirements Management and testing platform over the past six years. This release takes our joint solution to a new level of sophistication and usability for large, distributed global teams delivering tomorrow's mission critical business applications."

"Organizations are undertaking the largest application refresh since Y2K and need to drive quality at every stage of the application lifecycle," said Jonathan Rende, vice president and general manager, Business Technology Optimization Applications, Software and Solutions, HP. "Blueprint and HP provide application teams with a requirements definition and management solution that are critical control points in customers' application modernization initiatives."

Blueprint and HP will be conducting a webinar series entitled "Requirements for Application Modernization with HP and Blueprint," which will focus on how customers can leverage the joint solution to visually define requirements assets and manage them across the lifecycle. To register, please visit

About Blueprint

Named a Gartner "Cool Vendor" in Application Development, recognized as a 2009 Innovator by voke Research, and winner of the 2009 Jolt Excellence Award in Design and Modeling, Blueprint is a global leader in requirements, delivering the industry's first requirements workbench purpose built for today's software requirements authors. Blueprint's product, Requirements Center™, empowers authors and reviewers to visually define, simulate, validate, and publish requirements for context and comprehension-rich collaboration with increasingly distributed and 3rd-party stakeholders -- from the capture of business process definitions and textual requirements, to all the way through more complex use cases, data, business rules, UI simulations and complete test case generation. Blueprint solutions eliminate requirements errors and misunderstanding, and enables companies to deliver software projects faster, with less cost and rework, and with greater user satisfaction. Blueprint is a global provider, headquartered in Canada, and with presence, partners and customers in North America and Europe.

(1) Source: Gartner Executive Programs (January 2009); Gartner Perspective: IT Spending 2010. Note: 2010 CIO Agenda survey results to be published in January 2010

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