Software development specialist Telelogic AB is preparing to sharpen its focus on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) through partnerships.
Telelogic is interested in partnership with ISVs whose products enable Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) teams to manage information about projects in a more collaborative environment, the company told ComputerWire.
Telelogic hopes partnerships will deliver tools that provide teams with greater information about products through their entire lifecycle, from inception through to retirement.
Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Ingemar Ljungdahl, did not say which PLM suppliers Telelogic would partner with, but said deals would help to go beyond pure project management, which involves managing tasks like setting team schedules.
The automated ALM we are supporting is for the ongoing project, that needs to tie in with the complete product lifecycle, and provide more systems management, Ljungdahl said.
Further partnerships would likely build on Telelogic’s July deal with Capgemini SA subsidiary, Sogeti USA LLC, a provider of PLM services through a center of excellence and rapid development center. Sogeti consultants will have access to Telelogic’s DOORs requirements management software, under the companies’ agreement.
Telelogic’s move comes as tools and ALM providers progressively attempt to flesh-out offerings. Companies’ main objectives are improved communication and collaboration between ALM teams, and increased automation of manual project tasks.
The driving factors are to reduce cost associated with development, speed development cycles and ensure that applications and systems that are built meet business requirements of functionality, and are easier to manage.
Telelogic is regarded by many as already in possession of a mature suite of ALM tools, with DOORs, Synergy change management software, and TAU Unified Modeling Language (UML) environment. However, like many vendors already in this space, Telelogic faces the prospect of greater competition from Microsoft Corp next year, with the planned Visual Studio 2005 Team System (VSTS).
VSTS is expected to provide a platform for tools from companies like Borland Software Corp. and Telelogic, for example, to plug into, while also seeing Microsoft provide its own ALM tools that, in the long-term, compete with these companies.
Ljungdahl believes Microsoft will provide features Telelogic has today, meaning the company must focus on application oriented features, serving vertical markets – something he believes is beyond the capabilities of a company like Microsoft.
Much of Telelogic’s expertise is in aerospace, telecoms and automotive, and the company is already supporting the US Department of Defense’s Application Framework (DODAF). DODAF is a standardized systems architecture, developed to ensure the DOD’s applications can interoperate and communicate.
Ljungdahl also believes there is mileage to be made in adding, and adopting, extensions to UML 2.0, used in TAU, that favor systems engineering.
Microsoft might well be capable of providing the infrastructure, but support for vertical applications is something where Telelogic would be strong. We build the specific vertical applications – that’s typically an area where Microsoft hasn’t been, Ljungdahl said.