Telelogics Popkin Purchase Prepares the Way for SOA
Opinion: Improved architecture modeling and better preparation for IT audit should flow from toolmakers' integration plans.Last weeks acquisition of New York-based Popkin Software and Systems Inc. by Swedens Telelogic AB combines two companies whose products Ive covered for years. I reviewed Version 10 of Popkins System Architect product this past September, having first made the products acquaintance with (as I recall) Version 3: Ever since, its been among my favorite software engineering and system modeling tools because of its extensive variety and method neutrality in supporting many different diagramming techniques. I also looked at both companies offerings in the specific context of support for the Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) in an eWEEK article earlier this year.
I spoke last week about the combined companies direction with Telelogic CTO Ingemar Ljungdahl and Popkin CEO Jan Popkin. Like many good software-toolmaker mergers, this one combines companies whose products were already found working side by side at many sites. Telelogics DOORS requirements management tool was already a clear complement to System Architects enterprise architecture modeling aids. "We are right now in the process of detailing the various integrations that we can create. We are looking at how it fits into the automated life cycle of the Telelogic tools," Ljungdahl explained.