Building Business Processes into Operational Apps

IDS Scheer debuts solution to support business-driven software development

Berwyn, PA — January 14, 2004 — IDS Scheer North America, a provider of business process management services and tools, this week unveiled a new solution designed to provide organizations with a tool that supports business-driven software development.

Enterprises today face the twin challenges of transferring the necessary business processes to their operational software without loss of information and maintaining the ability to continuously adapt those processes, according to Mathias Kirchmer, CEO of IDS Scheer North America. "We are providing IT professionals with a tool to enable the business logic contained in process models to be implemented seamlessly in executable applications," said Kirchmer.

IDS said its ARIS UML Designer solution, part of the provider's Process Platform, works in tandem with ARIS Toolset, a solution for business process modeling and analysis. It includes the capability to link Unified Modeling Language (UML) models to business process models enabling full traceability from business process requirements to software development.

"ARIS UML Designer is the only solution on the market that offers this link within one integrated environment and provides a multi-user capability," asserted Kirchmer. "The solution can be used independently against the ARIS Database or in conjunction with ARIS Toolset. This single platform can further integrate IT with the overall business by creating a common language to help translate business requirements into system requirements."

Since ARIS UML Designer is a Web-based tool, project teams can work on one central repository, IDS said. ARIS UML Designer supports all eight UML techniques defined by the Object Management Group (OMG) Standard for UML 2.0. Models created in UML Designer can be output in XMI format for input into case tools.

IDS said that ARIS UML Designer provides the bridging technology between business process design and object oriented software design. "Current UML Modeling tools are designed for the software engineer," said Kirchmer. "However, business users find it difficult to express their requirements in this notation. We provide the tools for business users and software developers to work within the same repository of information to ensure higher quality software requirements."

For more information on solutions for business process management, see "BPM Rising," the Net Best Thing column in the October/November 2002 issue of iSource Business.

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