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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 Software are delighted to be welcoming special guests Ian and Jackie Mitchell, founders of UK company Ability Engineering and developers of eaDocX, to the next Enterprise Architect User Group (EAUG).  Ian and Jackie are making the journey from the UK to New Zealand where they will present at the Auckland event on the 19th of November and in Wellington on the 20th of November.  eaDocX is the Microsoft Word and Excel document generator add-in for Enterprise Architect which allows ready-to-publish, high-quality documents to be produced in a couple of clicks.

Catch are a value-added reseller and training partner for Sparx Systems and run Sparx Systems New Zealand. They hold Enterprise Architect User Groups throughout the year across Auckland, Wellington and Canberra, with the aim of bringing Enterprise Architect users together to share ideas, best practice and experience. User Groups are a way to meet and interact with other Enterprise Architect users on all levels and abilities. At this, specially extended, event there will be a demo and Q&A session, as well as plenty of time for networking.

"We are pleased to be hosting Ian and Jackie here in Auckland and it's a real privilege that they are taking the time to present at the EA User Groups," says Stacy Busek, Communications Manager at Catch.  "The buzz around eaDocX has definitely reached our shores, so it'll be interesting to hear about the software from the team that developed it. Ian and Jackie both have a wealth of experience and I think the user group attendees will be in for a great, interactive session."

"It’s great to have the opportunity to meet EA and eaDocX users in New Zealand. We see the NZ market leading the way in using integrated BA and software development tools, so we’re looking forward to sharing ideas with you. (And talking rugby too). " - Jackie Mitchell

For more information on the event, please go to http://catchsoftware.com/news/category/shows-events/

About Ability Engineering

eaDocX is sold by Ability Engineering, a UK based company providing Training, Mentoring and Talent for Business Analysis and Management to the IT, mobile telecoms, finance and aerospace industries.  eaDocX has been developed and used in these environments over many years, so has been proved to cope with changing requirements, multiple releases, complex international environments and demanding stakeholders.

About Catch Software

Catch Software develops test management software for the global market and counts Fortune 500 and Global 2000 organizations among its customers. Their flagship product, Enterprise Tester, is award-winning test management software which offers great features, open architecture, and integration into Enterprise Architect, Rally, Atlassian's JIRA and Microsoft TFS - all backed by responsive support and a dedicated solutions team.

Leading the way in the test management space with over 60,000 users, Enterprise Tester is used by teams across 40 countries including those at Intel, Cox Communications, eBay, Bayer Healthcare, NCS, LG Electronics, PayPal, the US Navy and the US Air Force.

For more information about Catch, please go to catchsoftware.com

Contact Information

Catch Software
Kevin Kuck
Sales Manager
NZ: +64 9 303 2023 or US: +1 419 404 7432
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Thursday, 26 September 2013 05:25

Enterprise Architect Community

Catch Software is a proud partner of Sparx Systems and is pleased to sell and support their industry-leading UML CASE tool, Enterprise Architect. We love engaging with the Sparx Community, and as part of this, we host User Groups in New Zealand and Australia every two months.

If you’ve not attended a User Group before you may not be sure what to expect.  User Groups are gatherings held for Enterprise Architect users and enthusiasts. A presentation is given by one or more speakers, followed by group discussions on common interests, challenges and best practice. Here is an overview of the User Group we hosted in Auckland this September.

Why Auckland Council chose Enterprise Architect

Janet Wilkinson from Auckland Council presented to a diverse range of Enterprise Architect users. Auckland Council has been using Enterprise Architect for about a year and Janet talked to the group about the thought process behind them choosing Sparx Systems' Enterprise Architect and outlined the challenges the Council faced.  She went on to cover their requirements, which included architectural modelling to facilitate strategic decision making, project solution modelling and design at all levels for projects. Summing up, Janet shared examples of the types of results they are starting to see.

The attendees at the User Group were very interested in this presentation, with several questions asked and everyone engaging in conversation.

There was a real sense of collaboration at the event and it was fantastic to see the Sparx community working through common issues together and offering solutions.

If you would like to find out more about this presentation, check out the slide deck: Enterprise Architecture Repository

SOA Modelling using Enterprise Architect

At September's Wellington User Group, Rajat Goyal from Certus Solutions walked us through a scenario covering key concepts of service architecture and modelling an SOA Solution using Enterprise Architect. Rajat discussed Enterprise Architect in comparison with other modelling tools, including IBM Rational Software Architecture and Visio.

Check out the slide deck for more information: SOA Modelling using Enterprise Architect

Want to get involved?

The dates for our next User Groups are as follows:

Auckland - Tuesday 19th November
Wellington - Wednesday 20th November
Canberra - 
Tuesday 10th December

If you have not decided to come along yet, read on to find out why you should get involved.

  • User Groups give you access to experts. Catch Software have been using Sparx Systems for years and are happy to answer any questions.
  • Gain support from real users. User Group speakers are not paid – they are honest and will tell you what works and what doesn’t.
  • Meet friends, enjoy beer and nibbles, ask questions and join discussions with people in your community.
  • It’s free to attend and open to everybody!

If you would like to find out more about our User Groups, check out our blogs and our events page.

As with everything we do, we would love to hear what you think. If there is a particular speaker you would like to see at an upcoming user group, or if you have a story to tell, let us know. We are always interested to hear about what is happening in the Sparx Systems Community!

Interested in finding out what Enterprise Architect services Catch offers? Sparx Systems Solutions >>

Topic: Architectural Thinking - Balancing Theory & Practice
Date: Thursday, 11th July 2013
Time: 16.00 - 17.30
Venue: Cliftons, Canberra
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Come along to our next Enterprise Architect User Group where Brad McCusker is going to address the central topic of public sector complexity, specifically looking at social, intuitional and information complexity. Brad will very briefly show the set of kernel theories that were used to develop the extended architectural model that is built on Sparx Enterprise Architect. He will show how the closed loop model can be used to integrate strategic thinking, policy development, resource allocation, Governance, architecture, citizen centric service delivery, capability analysis, portfolio management and performance and outcomes framework into a single shareable knowledge...more>

 

 

Drinks and nibbles will be provided at the conclusion of the presentation - we look forward to seeing you there!

All Welcome – No Charge

Topic: Enterprise Architecture in the Cloud 
Date: Thursday, 18th July 2013
Time: 16.00 - 17.30
Venue: Travelodge Hotel, Wellington
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Come along to our next Enterprise Architect User Group where Martin Ehrenstein will walk you through cloud based architecture and architecture patterns. He will explain why working in the cloud is beneficial, but also share some limitations around the security arrangements and firewalls. Martin will show you some of his favourtie architecture patterns...more>

Drinks and nibbles will be provided at the conclusion of the presentation - we look forward to seeing you there!

All Welcome – No Charge

Topic: Implementing a Pragmatic Enterprise Continuum
Date: Thursday, 4th July 2013
Time: 16.00 - 17.30
Venue: Catch Software, Level 3, 300 Queen Street, Auckland
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Come along to our next Enterprise Architect User Group where Derek Cope will define the purpose of enterprise architecture and explain its importance for business strategy. He will show you a number of enterprise frameworks and architecture practices. You will come away from this User Group with inspiration on business planning, goals...... more>

Drinks and nibbles will be provided at the conclusion of the presentation - we look forward to seeing you there!

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Topic: System Management and Strategy Execution
Date: Thursday, 11th April 2013
Time: 16.00 - 17.30
Venue: Ministry of Social Development, 38 Bowen Street, Wellington 
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Come along to our next Enterprise Architect User Group where Lockie Stewart, from the Ministry of Social Development, will share his experience using Enterprise Architect for System Management and Strategy Execution.

Lockie will talk about problems within solution design that a lot of us can relate to, including inconsistent representation across the SDLC and disconnected results. He will then provide us with his vision, goal, and "wild aspirations" of using Sparx Systems...read more>

If this is something you are interested in, or if you want to find out more, make sure you RSVP - this user group is not to be missed! 

Drinks and nibbles will be provided at the conclusion of the presentation - we look forward to seeing you there! 

All Welcome – No Charge

Friday, 15 March 2013 00:49

Our Enterprise Architect Community

Catch has been running Enterprise Architect User Groups in APAC for a few years and I have been to almost every one, yet I never fail to be amazed by the awesome things that Enterprise Architect users are doing with the software.

For those of you outside of the region (or those of you in New Zealand and Australia who haven’t come along to a group yet), I thought I would give you a quick run down of some of the presentations we have seen in the past few months.

This is just a selection of the groups I have attended and been involved in in the past few month and they all stand out for different reasons. The overarching thing that I love to see  though, is the Enterprise Architect community coming together to share ideas, learn from each other’s experiences, and discuss how to do things better. I learn something from each and every user group I attend and would strongly recommend that you come along to the next one in your region.

For those of you who are too far away, seek out a user group in your region or start one yourself and see what a difference it can make!

Topic: Sparx & Atlassian – The great Aussie duo!
When: Tuesday, 5th March 2013
Time: 4 – 5.30pm
Where: Cliftons, Level 2, 10 Moore Street, Canberra, ACT 2601
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By popular demand we are kicking of the year with a User Group about two great Aussie icons, Sparx and Atlassian. A lot of you are using Enterprise Architect, JIRA, and Confluence in your organisations and there are some exciting things you can do when you hook the software together. Bryce Day will talk you through  the software, the integration, and which plugins to add to get the most out of your favourite software.

You will come away from this User Group knowing how, as a business analyst or enterprise architect, you can get the most out of these tools and share the information you derive with different parts of the business.

Refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the meeting – we look forward to seeing you at this first event of the year.

All Welcome – No Charge

Topic: Enterprise Architect Open Session
When: Thursday, 21st February 2013
Time: 4 – 5.30pm
Where: Catch Software, Level 3, 300 Queen Street, Auckland 1010
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The EA User Group is back and we’re kicking of the year with an open session over pizza and beer.  For this first EA User Group of the year, we are holding an open session for our users to discuss all things Enterprise Architect. We have a great mix of skilled and new Enterprise Architect users within the group, so there is guaranteed to be some interesting conversation topics.

We are particularly excited to talk about the recent release of Enterprise Architect 10 and hear about how people are using it. Come with ideas, queries and suggestions about EA to discuss with the group. It’s a great opportunity to network with other EA users while enjoying a beer!

All Welcome – No Charge

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 04:48

EA User Group - Wellington

Topic: Enterprise Architect Open Session
Date: Thursday 7th of February 2013
Time: 16.00 - 17.30
Venue: Cliftons, Level 28, The Majestic Center 100 Willis Street Wellington 6011
Register for this Event

To kick-start the year, we will be holding an open session for our users to discuss all things EA. We have a great mix of skilled and new Enterprise Architect users within the group so there is guaranteed to be some interesting conversation topics.

We are particularly excited to talk about the recent release of Enterprise Architect 10 and hear about how people are using it. Come with ideas, queries and suggestions about EA to discuss with the group. It's a great opportunity to network with other EA users while enjoying beer and nibbles! 

All Welcome - No Charge

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