Blueprint has announced Blueprint Requirements Center 2010, although the product will not be actually available until the Q2 of this year. Blueprint Requirements Center 2010 provides a traceable and integrated platform that empowers requirements authors to define requirements assets including functional and non-functional requirements, business processes, use-cases, user interfaces, glossaries, data and rules.
Specifically, the 2010 release includes the following capabilities:
- Business Process Diagrams. With Business Process diagrams, requirements authors can graphically design sequential and parallel business process flows, complete with swim lanes, decisions, tasks and the ability to re-use common business processes. More than simply drawing diagrams, this editor lets requirements authors associate tasks within these business flows to other requirements artifacts such as Use Cases, data, actors, UI mockups, business, functional and technical requirements, This alignment of business processes and software requirements allows Blueprint customers to provide additional requirements context and traceability to eliminate errors earlier in the requirements process.
- Improved Traceability. Visual traceability has been extended throughout the product, allowing authors to create vital relationships as the requirements model is developed, improving verification and validation of requirements quality and completeness to prevent errors, and better enabling future change impact analysis.
- Instant Search. New capabilities have been added to allow instant search across all requirements assets. A real-time search field delivers results as users begin to type their queries, reducing time spent searching for assets and improving authoring and review productivity.
- Rich Text Support. Authors can now utilize rich text to more clearly communicate requirements, including support for tables, fonts, underlining, colors, etc.
Blueprint Requirements Center 2010 empowers all project stakeholders with a visual approach for collaborating on requirements to achieve strong consensus, validation, and understanding. Capabilities of the new release include enhanced multi-aspect simulation, integrated comments, integrated track changes, custom document generation, and functional test scenario generation.
This release adds these capabilities:
- Multi-Aspect Requirements Simulation. Enhanced visual simulation technology, which enables stakeholders to visually walk through all requirements including user interfaces, process flows, data, roles, textural requirements and external reference materials, which are instantly synthesized and presented via easy-to-consume step-by-step walkthroughs to more easily gain consensus and validation, and ensure understanding.
- Track-Changes. Modeled on the track-changes functionality of word-processing solutions, authors and stakeholders can now visually see edits and modifications in an intuitive, easy to read format either on-screen or as an automatically-generated document, ensuring changes are clearly understood.
- Custom Document Generation. Enhanced custom Microsoft Word document generation capability enables stakeholders to receive critical requirements documents in the customers own format, showing all requirements assets and track changes.
As part of Blueprint Requirements Center 2010, the company is launching a new version of the Blueprint Resource Center. The Blueprint Resource Center is a cloud-based collaboration system that provides self-training videos, an online knowledge base, searchable discussion threads, and a user community discussion forum.