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General Board / Re: How do I upgrade registered version?
« on: February 13, 2003, 09:55:06 pm »
Andrew,

Well, first, it's called EA-RequirementControl.   Things are coming along.  We're trying to build a universal RTF class to handle things and added the import of the Glossary (or mere reference) for UP documents.  I hope we will release it in March.

Of course EA-TraceControl will be going into beta around that time as well.   I hope we can have the new site up and running soon... having YaBB problems at the moment  :(

Cheers,

Steve

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General Board / Re: How do I upgrade registered version?
« on: February 13, 2003, 07:59:22 pm »
Andrew,

Off the home page, look down on the left side for something called "Registered Users".  Click on the link there (Enterprise Architect) and you will be prompted for a user name and password.   Once you put those in, a new page will appear with the registered full version of 601 (or any other new release).

Hope that helps...

Steve

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General Board / Re: EA-ReqPro 1.0 in Beta!
« on: January 23, 2003, 04:23:05 am »
Hi All,

A new version was uploaded yesterday with the Jet dll's.   If all goes well, we should conclude the Beta cycle for this product next month.   We'll have complete pricing available at that time.

Thanks,

Steve

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General Board / Re: EA-ReqPro 1.0 in Beta!
« on: January 14, 2003, 09:30:44 am »
Hi,

Beta 32c is now uploaded.  We've also added some process management stuff including Six Sigma information.

Thanks,

Steve

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General Board / Re: EA-ReqPro 1.0 in Beta!
« on: January 06, 2003, 09:15:38 pm »
John,

Glad you found the site and the link.

"Sounds like it might be an EA version of Requisite Pro, and if so, it's something I'd be very interested in. Anything to get away from that clunky Rational interface. "

It is indeed!  We're also adding Six Sigma-specific things to it and adding some Caliber-specific things were approrpiate.   Our objective is to offer a more feature-rich, price alternative than what Rational and others are continue to offer.

Thanks again,

Steve

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General Board / Re: EA-ReqPro 1.0 in Beta!
« on: January 04, 2003, 10:57:06 am »
Hi Y'all,

Build 31 is available for downloading.  We've added the Report Builder, which is the next-to-last step to building RUP-based documentation.  There are also some new listings, reports, and metrics.

Thanks again,

Steve

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General Board / Re: EA-ReqPro 1.0 in Beta!
« on: December 28, 2002, 06:53:16 pm »
Hi All,

Build 30 is available for download.

Thanks,

Steve

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General Board / Re: EA-ReqPro 1.0 in Beta!
« on: December 27, 2002, 04:10:46 am »
Hi All,

We've just uploaded Build 29 of the BETA.   This new version has one new unique feature.  We've added versioning to the repository.   This means once a project has been "locked down", you can simply version it to create a new repository with all of the older version information carried over.   This does require the main EA-ReqPro table in the \Program Files directory to being deleted and re-created.

We've also added a Print Summary output option.   The web site has been updated for immediate download.

Thanks again,

Steve

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General Board / EA-ReqPro 1.0 in Beta!
« on: December 22, 2002, 06:35:26 pm »
Hi all!

I am very happy to say that we've finally got to a point where we are in formal BETA with EA-ReqPro.  We've updated the Fact Sheet page off our web site with features added starting with Build 25 and now with Build 28.   All registered Alpha/Beta testers with user names and password, please download at your convenience and remember... nothing is sacred so tear it apart!

We will be working off and on over the next couple of weeks so there will be more features and things added as we approach formal release.   We've also added a press release about the Beta and will be adding a price listing and a "directional white paper" some time after the first of the year.

And speaking of that, to all of you out there, may the blessings of the Holiday Season be upon you all and your families and may this be the VERY best of New Years!

Cheers!

Steve Straley

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General Board / Re: EA vs. Other CASE Tools
« on: January 13, 2003, 06:48:23 am »
Hi,

I waited to see what was said on this and will let the web site fill you in on the blanks.   Check out http://www.world-eit.net/ea/index.shtm.   Under the Take A Tour for EA-ReqPro should give you a sense of the direction.   I'll also be uploading a ton of new stuff (Six Sigma Training stuff) once our DSL lines get cleared up today.

Steve

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General Board / Re: Cannot change page setup
« on: January 06, 2003, 10:11:47 am »
Bob,

Oh, please... tell me you don't feel like Lott.  We'd have to hear at LEAST 14 more apologies, in 14 different ways, on 14 different media modes... and as a southerner, I'd hate to have to roll my eyes and say "please don't tell me he just said THAT!".... <rofl>

Steve

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General Board / Re: Cannot change page setup
« on: January 06, 2003, 09:06:50 am »
Bob,

There is a big difference between an "annoyance" and a "bug".   Show stoppers have always been addressed promptly; annoyances, nice-to-have-features, et cetera have always been addressed shortly after.   I understand any frustration an "annoyance" may cause, but when I see posts like "It is a little disturbing that the Sparx staff has a 'we will work when we feel like it' attitude." is not just unfair, it is unjust and un-true.

Consider this:  Rational ReqPro has an "annoyance" where documents created in a package can not be name-changed once created; Rational ReqPro does not allow sub-documents to managed in the repository (only allowed by placing objects in the word document).   They have the attitude that this will NOT be changed and continue to charge outlandish prices.

I could go at-length comparing Sparx approach to bugs, annoyances and nice-to-haves to ANY software company out there and would be safe to bet my retirement funds, my house, and any other money I could scrape together that Sparx and "their staff" come out on top time after time after time.

Steve

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General Board / Re: Reverse Engineering of .class and .jar files
« on: December 31, 2002, 08:00:12 am »
Greg,

Can you not decompile the java code and then import?  One of the ones we use is at http://jode.sourceforge.net/.   This seems to work for for us and allows us to then import into our model.

Steve

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General Board / Web Site and Things
« on: December 28, 2002, 06:56:02 pm »
Hi Everyone,

Well, we've been busy working with the website so if you haven't been there lately, check it out.   We're adding "Take a Tour" of our products and what we're trying to accomplish.  

We've also announced the opening of Alpha Testing for our newest product: EA-QA.   Applications for Alpha testers are available from our site.   We hope that with this you can see EXACTLY where were are going and what we're trying to shake out in the industry.

Again, thanks to everyone for your support and have the Best of the New Year!

Cheers,

Steve

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General Board / Re: Use case enough ??
« on: December 17, 2002, 09:03:16 am »
Jaime,

Six Sigma was originally designed by Motorola and is implemented here at GE, Johnson and Johnson, and others.

The one thing I like about Six Sigma is the "measure" aspect of the process.  It asks users to outline CTQ's (Critical to Quality) involved in the analysis and buy-in phases.   The CTQ's are then tallied and averaged to give an "weight" to the functionality expressed.   This gives a nice snapshot to management of what "is absolutely necessary" and what is "nice to have".

There are two problems, IMO, with Six Sigma.  First, it is structed in a waterfall approach through the various TollGate Review processes.   This doesn't fit well to the itterative approach; however, supporting Six Sigma is RUP and UML which helps significantly.

The other problem is more epidemic with MOST corporations.  They "talk" a good game on process but they don't "walk" the talk.   Our CEO once said that he felt customers here don't see the benefits of Six Sigma.   Well, that's probably true when you take a nicely structured process (e.g. a nice firm cube) and you start to whittle down and cut corners and by-pass the processes just to get "it" out (whatever it is).   Eventually, you have a sphere and not a cube and gaping holes in the final prodcut.

I'm putting together for EA-ReqPro a "process" flow that encompasses my interpretations and combinations of Six Sigma, UML, and UP to come with a total view.   Keep in mind that as you read Six Sigma there are probably going to be missing terms (like TollGates, PMM, ePMM, PMMPlus, CTQ's, L1's - L5's, et cetera).  Just hollar if you want clarifications.

Steve

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