System Architect 8

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2002-01-14 Print this article Print

.5"> System Architect 8.5

Popkins latest upgrade to its well-established System Architect enterprise modeling software enhances UML integration and diagramming intelligence, but its simulation tools are still works in progress.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Broad support for many diagram conventions and built-in reverse-engineering tools will accelerate System Architects adoption in most IT environments.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // By making explicit the connections between application elements and underlying business activities and requirements, System Architect should reduce wasted effort and project abandonment costs.

PROS // Broad method support; high overall integration with a wide variety of diagramming formats and model analysis tools.

CONS // Incomplete integration of simulation tools; cost comparable to equally sophisticated competitors but high compared with developers base-line tools.

Popkin Software and Systems Inc., New York; (800) 732-5227;

Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developersÔÇÖ technical requirements on the companyÔÇÖs evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter companyÔÇÖs first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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