Provenance for Calculations

Mathsoft Engineering & Education's Designate brings the idea of provenance to the company's Calculation Management Suite, raising confidence and auditability in product development and service delivery processes.

A "Provenance," documenting the origin and the chain of ownership of an art object to ensure its authenticity, is also good to have in the case of a complex calculation used in designing a product.

Designate, set to be unveiled this week by Mathsoft Engineering & Education, brings the idea of provenance to the companys Calculation Management Suite, raising confidence and auditability in product development and service delivery processes.

Designate complements the concurrently unveiled Version 12 of the companys flagship Mathcad product, a leading tool for interactive calculation and documentation. The enterprise-oriented suite, including both products, is priced starting at $15,000 per installation, including software maintenance and on-site training.

User organizations can determine from Designate not only the origin but also the subsequent use of a formula, data plot, visual design aid or other similar work. A downstream user can be satisfied that the original source is credible, while that source can maintain its credibility by letting every affected party know if an error is corrected or a refinement is made.

Mathsofts XML-based document architecture may raise red flags at sites that wish to equate the use of XML with a commitment to platform neutrality. Mathsofts products are built for Windows, taking advantage of that platforms .Net doctrines and goals. This enables productive integration with other such products.

It also, however, represents a choice that may prevent or complicate the products use at sites that have other preferences.

More information is available at www.mathsoft.com.

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