Artisan acquires to expand consultancy and training services -

Artisan acquires to expand consultancy and training services


LONDON — Artisan Software Tools has acquired Brass Bullet Ltd, a systems engineering consultancy based in Swansea in the UK.

The acquisition is part of Artisan's (Cheltenham, UK) growth strategy and gives the company full ownership of Brass Bullet's consultancy and training offerings in software design, systems Engineering and Enterprise Architectures. In July 2009 Artisan acquired the HOOD Bridge technology from Objektum Solutions Ltd. and renamed it Artisan HOOD Bridge. In June 2008 it acquired the operating business of High Integrity Solutions Ltd. (Southampton, England). The latest acquisition is thought to be one of several to be made by the company in the coming months.

The Brass Bullet team, including its core group of industry experts, will join the Artisan fold, bolstering Artisan's professional services capability.

“This acquisition represents the next step in our 'whole product' strategy for systems engineers and enterprise architects,” said Hedley Apperly, VP marketing of Artisan Software tools. “Closely synchronized with our recent launch of Artisan Studio 7.1 and its support for UPDM (Unified Profile for DoDAF and MODAF), this acquisition provides experienced specialists to help our customers achieve maximum productivity from UML, SysML and UPDM.”

Artisan has acquired the Brass Bullet business, including all staff, training materials, intellectual property, offices and customer contracts. Brass Bullet's tool-independent training courses cover requirements engineering, scenario modeling, architectures, systems engineering and UML, amongst others.

Consulting services included competency assessments, best practices mentoring and process and methodology development. The directors are active in International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Brass Bullet will continue to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Artisan Software Tools.

“I am extremely pleased that Brass Bullet has joined the Artisan Software Tools group at such an exciting time in its growth,” said Jon Holt, managing director of Brass Bullet Ltd. and now global head of systems engineering for Artisan Software Tools.

“Artisan is seeing massive demand for its offerings, so we are very excited to be able to help both deliver our own services and provide our technical expertise for the Artisan family of products, so that Artisan can continue to grow and provide the best in class products and services,” added Holt.

In addition to lecturing and consulting, members of the Brass Bullet team have authored numerous articles and books, which are testament to their depth of knowledge. These include UML for Systems Engineering: watching the wheels , A Pragmatic Guide to Business Process Modeling , SysML for Systems Engineering with Modeling Enterprise Architectures planned to be published in 2010 by the IET.

“We are very excited by this acquisition as it is highly synergistic with our existing business,” said James B. Gambrell, president and CEO of Artisan Software Tools. “As a leading software tools vendor, we recognize the need for knowledgeable and independent-minded professionals to continually challenge our thinking, as a means to deliver valuable innovation to help our customers create real returns on their investments in modeling and development tools. Using our experts, with real-world systems engineering and enterprise architecture experience, lets our customers learn from the mistakes of others and leapfrog their competition.”

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