SOURCE: Blueprint Systems

Blueprint Systems

March 02, 2009 08:07 ET

Teachers' Retirement System of the City of New York Improves Software Quality With Blueprint Systems

Largest Pension Plan for New York Teachers Overhauls Requirements Gathering Process to Stay Ahead of Today's Fast Changing Regulatory Environment

TORONTO--(Marketwire - March 2, 2009) - Blueprint Systems (, the leader in requirements solutions for software business analysis, today announced that the Teachers' Retirement System of the City of New York ("TRS") has implemented Blueprint Requirements Center 2009 to improve its internal software development process. As one of the largest public pension systems in the US, TRS must be nimble enough to react quickly to continuous changes in City and State legislation that governs pension administration. This dynamic environment regularly translates into projects that involve significant changes to business rules and requirements.

"Even though we had a defined business requirements management process, the absence of a tool made the process manually intensive and prone to errors, which had negative impacts downstream in our software development lifecycle," said Robert Santangelo, IT Director for TRS. "Blueprint is one of several new technologies that we are adopting as part of our IT Strategic Plan. A major theme of its value proposition is that Blueprint integrates nicely with our automated testing platform and internal development environment. This reduces the risk of things getting lost in translation."

Prior to deploying Requirements Center, business analysts and quality assurance specialists at TRS encountered a number of challenges when it came to ensuring that the developed applications fulfilled the business requirements (i.e. they built the applications right the first time). In addition, neither their business analysts nor application developers had much experience with developing applications according to use-case scenarios which determine how new software will actually be used within an organization. Since deploying Blueprint Requirements Center, TRS has begun to realize numerous benefits that include a dynamic change management log to ensure traceability, integrated use-case scenarios that ensure higher quality, and robust simulation features.

"The reason why so many software projects ultimately fail is because there has been no common language between business analysts who define the business need and software developers who build it," said David Nyland, President and CEO for Blueprint Systems. "Business analysts are playing an increasingly critical role in the modern enterprise and TRS is representative of a new breed of enterprise that recognizes how building software right the first time will deliver ROI across a number of areas."

About Blueprint

Named a "Cool Vendor" in Application Development by leading analyst firm Gartner, Blueprint aligns business and IT teams by delivering the industry's leading requirements suite designed specifically for the business analyst. Blueprint solutions empower analyst teams to eliminate requirements misunderstanding by capturing, validating, and delivering precise business requirements to local or distributed IT application project teams. Blueprint's product line functions as a collaborative system for the requirements lifecycle, including requirements elicitation, elaboration, validation, and acceptance. Blueprint is a global provider, with presence in the United States, Canada, and Europe. For more information on Blueprint, visit

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