Artisan buys Hood bridging technology -

Artisan buys Hood bridging technology


LONDON — Artisan Software Tools Inc. has acquired the HOOD Bridge technology from Objektum Solutions Ltd. and renamed it Artisan HOOD Bridge. Key personnel from Objektum will be working with Artisan in its legacy migration efforts, while also continuing to support existing customers.

Objektum Solutions (Croydon, England) provides real-time, mission critical software development and consulting services to aerospace and defence organisations involved in software intensive projects.

Artisan HOOD Bridge is being used by the Nimrod project team at BAE Systems. The migration solution is providing them with the ability to transition the project to a mainstream methodology with comparative ease and at minimal cost, ensuring they have the ability to continue to develop and maintain their legacy systems.

“Numerous military and aerospace projects were designed and developed using now obsolete HOOD toolsets,” said James B. Gambrell, CEO of Artisan Software Tools (Washington, DC). “I am, therefore, thrilled to announce this acquisition as the Artisan HOOD Bridge gives these companies a pragmatic path to modern Unified Modeling Language (UML) tools such as Artisan Studio.” The Artisan HOOD Bridge analyzes HOOD detailed designs and/or Ada source code, enabling engineers to correct errors in the original design, compare HOOD designs with Ada source code and merge Ada source code with existing HOOD designs. This results in the automatic generation of new Artisan Studio UML models from the original legacy HOOD designs and/or Ada code. To ease the adoption of UML by users familiar with HOOD, Artisan Studio's ergonomic profiling capabilities have been exploited to present users with familiar HOOD diagrams in Studio.

Derek Russell, managing director at Objektum Solutions, added “The Artisan HOOD Bridge technology precisely maps the elements of the HOOD designs and Ada source to a UML model. UML artifacts are generated for each element based on these mapping rules. As elements are created, automatic checking ensures integrity and consistency. Rare mismatches are flagged for resolution, ensuring traceability and the highest level of migration fidelity. Pairing Artisan HOOD Bridge with the appropriate services certainly makes Artisan the one-stop shop for legacy model migration, providing an international distribution and support capability.” Hedley Apperly, VP marketing at Artisan Software Tools explained,”As well as appealing to existing HOOD users and Artisan Studio customers, we plan to extend this indispensable technology. Taking advantage of our position as the leading independent modeling tool vendor in our market, we are already working on migration from other legacy modeling tools, as well as migration to alternative UML modeling tools.”

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