SOURCE: Blueprint Systems

February 26, 2008 08:30 ET

New Requirements Forum Brings Focus to Software Requirements Lifecycle

Industry Leaders Come Together In-Person and Online to Discuss Best Practices in Building Software to Meet Business Needs

TORONTO--(Marketwire - February 26, 2008) - Blueprint™, the global leader in Requirements Lifecycle Acceleration™ (RLA™), today announced the launch of the Requirements Forum and Requirements.net to raise awareness of the critical need to define and manage software requirements to ensure resulting IT systems truly meet critical business needs.

The Forum will bring together industry leaders, top analysts, and the vendor community spanning all disciplines within requirements definition and management. Participants in the Forum, which was co-founded by Blueprint, HP, Orasi Software, CorTechs, Sky IT Group, and the Requirements Networking Group (RQNG), will share best practices and key issues that must be solved to ensure software requirements are aligned with business needs. By increasing public awareness of the need for a comprehensive, systemic approach to software requirements definition and management, the Requirements Forum champions an open dialogue of experts to benefit all organizations.

"It is crucial that software requirements be able to adapt to the rapidly changing demands of the end user," said David Nyland, CEO of Blueprint. "By educating all aspects of the business on best practices for software requirements, the Requirements Forum strives to enable corporations to deliver higher quality software more efficiently and effectively."

"Too often software is built in a silo, without a true representation of the requirements of business users," said Jonathan Rende, vice president of products, Quality Management Software, Software, HP. "It is crucial that these requirements reflect ongoing changes from the business. Ultimately, linking these requirements (and requirement changes) to functional, performance, and security validation is the only way to deliver high-quality applications."

As new innovations such as Web 2.0 technologies change the face of software development, leading organizations are recognizing that requirements definition and management must adapt to meet the changing needs of the business. The goal of the Requirements Forum and Requirements.net is to provide a single source for cross-industry discussions and education on how best to define and manage requirements throughout the software development lifecycle. Co-founders, as well as others who wish to contribute to the Requirements.net web site, will be able to share real-world best practices for defining and managing software requirements.

"At the core of any successful software project are articulated, managed and defined requirements. Software truly runs the business and thorough requirements definition and management dictate the business outcome," said Theresa Lanowitz, founder of voke inc. "The Requirements Forum represents a new, innovative, creative and groundbreaking method of collaboration and best practices for delivering successful software projects. The Requirements Forum is an example of the application lifecycle 2.0 breaking boundaries across organizations to move markets beyond the status quo."

No matter how an organization chooses to develop software, the goal of the Requirements Forum is to provide organizations with a broad set of principles to improve the definition and management of their software requirements, so that they accurately and efficiently serve their end customers. Among these principles are:

--  Get it right at the beginning - the Forum's goal is to help
    organizations eliminate unnecessary rework through the software development
    process associated with imprecise, poorly understood and unvalidated
    requirements;
--  Put the business and IT "on the same page" - with requirements as a
    common frame of reference for dialogue, collaboration, and management of
    change through the full life-cycle of software from invention to end of
    life;
--  Introduce metrics to measure requirements effectiveness - to assist
    organizations' transition to formalized approaches and to measure the
    impact of requirements improvements on organizational effectiveness.
    

The Requirements Forum will be hosted in a number of cities nationwide, beginning this month, and is open to the public. Participants will include:

--  Matt Morgan, CMO of Blueprint Systems
--  Mark Sarbiewski, Senior Director of Product Marketing at HP Software
--  Steven Davis, Director of Professional Services for Orasi Software
--  Keith Barrett, Business Development & Practice Manager - Requirements
    Lifecycle Acceleration for SkyIT Group
    

For more information on the Requirements Forum, please visit www.requirements.net.

About Blueprint

Blueprint ignited the Requirements Definition revolution in 2004 with the introduction of its landmark Profesy™ solution for Visual Requirements Definition and Validation. Today, Blueprint offers an expanded solution under the umbrella category entitled Requirements Lifecycle Acceleration™ (RLA), Blueprint's approach enables modern IT organizations to substantially eliminate rework, cost and schedule overrun, ensure application quality, and control business risk. Blueprint is a global solution provider with presence in North America and Europe. For more information on Blueprint or Requirements Lifecycle Acceleration™, visit www.blueprintsys.com.

About the Requirements Forum

Founded in 2008 by Blueprint, HP, CorTechs, Orasi, Sky IT Group, and the Requirements Networking Group, the Requirements Forum aims to raise awareness of the critical need to define and manage software requirements so the end product truly meets the business needs. Forum participants will share best practices and key issues that must be solved to ensure software requirements meet business needs. For more information or to join the Requirements Forum, please visit www.requirements.net.

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