To emphasise its commitment to IBM’s System Application Architecture, Andersen Software, the software products marketing arm of Andersen Consulting, has developed a Cross System Product/Application Development version of its computer-aided software engineering tool set Foundation. The basic tool set is based on IBM’s relational database management system DB2 and was launched in the UK last […]
To emphasise its commitment to IBM’s System Application Architecture, Andersen Software, the software products marketing arm of Andersen Consulting, has developed a Cross System Product/Application Development version of its computer-aided software engineering tool set Foundation. The basic tool set is based on IBM’s relational database management system DB2 and was launched in the UK last September. Andersen had developed the software engineering set for the use of its consultants at an investment cost of $100m, so it seemed a good idea to recoup some of that cost via revenue by marketing Foundation commercially. Furthermore, Andersen was worried that its product could have been locked out by rival vendors such as Texas Instruments, James Martin Associates and IBM. The marketing pitch for this better late than never gambit is that Foundation is the most extensively field-tested software engineering tool set in existence. Foundation has three components: Method 1, a life cycle methodology based in personal computers or/and a local area network environment; Design 1, a similarly based set of software tools that automates systems analysis and design tasks; and Install 1, a mainframe tool for application generations, implementation and maintenance. While Method 1 and Design 1 are hardware-independent, Install 1 is currently available for IBM and Bull hardware, with another version (most probably for DEC) coming out later this year. The development of Foundation for IBM’s Cross System Product/Application Development, which will be available from June 30 means that Design 1 is now part of the Cross System Product. This means that the user can can ensure that design specifications meet the Cross System Product rules, can work with a central local area network repository, and can create the design for applications to be implemented using Cross System Product/Application Development or Foundation. Andersen is, of course, one of the 14 companies that has a special relationship with IBM when it comes to Systems Application Architecture. IBM is apparently bending over backwards to encourage such companies to take SAA on board. Consequently, Andersen Software is pleased to pre-announce a Common User Access-conformant version of Foundation that works with Presentation Manager and OS/2, and will be available in the latter half of this year. Foundation will also link in with the elusive IBM Repository when it appears. Indeed, Andersen is pouring $30m into research and development for Foundation in the current financial year. As part of IBM’s exclusive SAA club, Andersen, along with IBM has a sceptical response to Unix, wondering aloud whether Unix will ever make it big outside the scientific market. Voicing its own doubts about the applicability of Unix in the commercial arena Andersen Software wants to know what Unix offers above and beyond OS/2 and SAA? Makes one hope that thu &hinese walls are thick and impenetrable between Andersen Software and the consultancy side of the business for the sake of all those who go to the latter looking for vendor-independence and the reduction in prices promised by the fierce competition in the Unix market.