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Catch Software

Catch Software

Catch Software


Experts in the Sparx Systems and Atlassian toolsets, Catch provides business consulting, modular training and mentoring services to organisations globally. One of the fastest growing companies in the Asia Pacific region, Catch has been placed on the Deloitte Fast 50 for the past two years, the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 for the past three, and in 2009 was listed as a 'Rising Star' on the MIS Strategic 100.

Catch are pleased to announce the release of Enterprise Tester v3.0, supporting automated tests.  This major release introduces our new plugin, Duette, which supports the importing of results from automated testing tools, HP Quick Test Professional (QTP) and IBM Rational Functional Tester (RFT).  Now you can view and manage both manual and automated tests from one source!

Version 3.0 also introduces support for attachments in a file system as a configurable option, which will help reduce database size requirements.  To help support this feature we have also provided a migration tool for users who wish to move their existing attachments. This release is also full of new features, enhancements and fixes, as requested by our customers, including a number of enhancements to the execution screen. 

About Enterprise Tester
Enterprise Tester allows you to automatically create test scripts from the use case and requirements you have in Enterprise Architect, saving testers time and effort in creating them from scratch. On average this saving equates to 4% of the total project cost since test scripts can be reused, or adapted for reuse, and stored in a central repository, streamlining the tester team activities, whilst test managers and analysts alike benefit from the reporting and tracking functionality.

Please refer to our website and release notes for more detail: http://www.catchlimited.com/index.php?page=enterprise-tester-3

Thursday, 02 December 2010 01:02

Canberra EA User Group - 09/12/2010

You are invited to attend the Canberra EA User Group, which will be taking place next Thursday. This month we are fortunate enough to have Sparx Systems COO, Ben Constable, joining us with a demo of the new Enterprise Architect v9.0 features.
 
Enterprise Architect: Version 9.0 Demo
 
Date: Thursday, 9th December 2010
Time: 16.00 - 17.30
Venues: Cliftons, 10 Moore Street, Canberra, ACT 2601
 
Ben Constable, Sparx Systems COO, will demonstrate key roadmap items for Enterprise Architect v9.0 including enhanced business process modeling, new communication and collaborative modeling capabilities, new traceability and enterprise architecture tools and more. He will then be available to answer any questions you may have, so come prepared!
 
Speaker Bio
Ben Constable is the Chief Operations Officer of Sparx Systems and is responsible for driving strategic initiatives within the company. Since joining Sparx Systems in 2003, Ben has been actively involved in shaping the company’s successful Model Driven Generator (MDG) framework for Enterprise Architect - a world leading UML modeling environment. Prior to this, Ben has held positions as a Software Engineer and Lead Architect in projects ranging from intensive client-server applications used for domain name provisioning to intelligent, real-time character recognition systems for hand-written mathematics. His current technical focus areas at Sparx Systems include standards-based, model driven development techniques and the role of the modeling environment as a centre for team collaboration. Ben holds a Bachelor of Software Engineering degree with honours from the University of Melbourne.
 
If you would like to attend the Canberra EA User Group please register your interest at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
All welcome - No charge

 

Enterprise Architect Roadmap Presentation

 
Date: Thursday, 9th December 2010
Time: 16.00 - 17.30
Venue: Cliftons, 10 Moore Street, Canberra, ACT 2601

This month we are fortunate enough to have Sparx Systems COO, Ben Constable, join us with a presentation focused on key roadmap items for Enterprise Architect. The presentation will include demonstrations of enhanced business process modeling, new communication and collaborative modeling capabilities, new traceability and enterprise architecture tools and more. Ben will then be available to answer any questions you may have, so come prepared!

If you would like to attend the Canberra EA User Group please register your interest at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All welcome - No charge

 

 

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 01:02

Asset Management and Enterprise Architect

I’ve been using Sparx Systems’ Enterprise Architect for close to ten years now and my love for the tool is as strong now that it was when I first stumbled across it with a good friend on a client site. Initially, I was attracted to Enterprise Architect because of its great value for money, and like everything I was skeptical of how it would actually perform in the ‘real world’.I initially test drove it on some simple projects, documenting requirements and use cases, with a few class models thrown in for good measure. Needless to say it easily passed these tests.

I look back now at this time and think about how immature my thinking was and at the concepts that have been developed, refined and further developed over the years while using Enterprise Architect. One of the biggest things that I see when working with clients is that they consistently look to implement tools to solve the problem. What’s the problem? Well that varies from replacing Visio as a drawing tool, model driving their development, or having greater traceability between requirements. All these are worthy outcomes for implementing Enterprise Architect, so what are the challenges?

The top 3 challenges we see are:

  • Inconsistent language across teams.
  • Lack of standards and guidelines.
  • No end-to-end process definition.

“So what?”, you say. “Why are these so important?”

Most organisations are very good at looking after their physical assets, but few are good at looking after their intellectual assets. Take a physical asset like a desk. Your organisation would purchase it from the local office supply store, get it delivered, and on receipt of the new desk add it to the organisational asset management system so that it can be tracked. If the desk gets knocked around then the organisation may choose to renew it, maintain it, or if it is in bad enough shape they may even replace it with a new desk.

So why do most organisations ignore their intellectual property?

It’s rare to see an organisation create some code and, once complete, record that in their asset register, or create a use case model and record that in their asset register.

Nowadays, intellectual property is so much more important than it used to be, with the majority of the web-based businesses having no physical assets, instead trading by selling online products globally. Traditional bricks and mortar businesses have shifted also and now have significant online portals or businesses, and software can be found in just about any product from cars to pens. I firmly believe that businesses should keep an asset register for their intellectual property. For me, this asset register is Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect. Here at Catch Software, my aim is to make sure that we are recording every piece of intellectual property we create so we can then renew, maintain, or remove it at a future date.

An interesting difference between physical assets and intellectual assets is that once a physical asset is placed and in use it can’t be used by anyone or anything else in a different location. Intellectual assets on the other hand can be duplicated and reused by numerous people or things at the same time. Not only can an intellectual asset be reused, but it can also be used in a transformation process to generate other intellectual assets.

Asset Differences

Physical Asset

  • One location.
  • Costly to copy.
  • Can’t be used in multiple places by multiple people or things.
  • Can’t easily be automatically transformed.
  • Easy to value. 

Intellectual Asset

  • No fixed location.
  • Easy to copy.
  • Can be reused by numerous people or things.
  • Can be easily be copied and transformed into a different asset.
  • Hard to value.

These differences provide significant opportunity for businesses to reduce cost, shorten project timeframes, and understand their business better. They’re integral to how we work at Catch. I have only just scratched the surface of the reasons to take this approach, so watch this space for the next in the series.

How do you manage your intellectual assets? What are the positives and negatives of your approach in comparison to mine?

This is the first in the three part series by Founder / CEO of Catch Software, Bryce Day

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