Sybase, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise infrastructure and mobile software, announced the availability of Sybase PowerDesigner 10.0, an enterprise modeling tool that integrates both business- and technology-centric industry standard techniques. This unique modeling approach fosters greater communication and collaboration between the business and technical communities, regardless of the end user's skill level. Already well known for its data, UML and business-process modeling capabilities, this new version of PowerDesigner offers new features to help enterprises face the challenge of more closely aligning IT to their business needs, a key element in increasing project success, while reducing operational costs.

"One of the more pressing challenges today is to understand the relationship between organizational needs, the functionality of existing IT systems, and new IT system development," said Stephen D. Hendrick from IDC. "A unified approach to business process and data modeling provides the best approach to align business needs with existing and planned systems. Modeling is likely to be the best approach to drive the development of applications that rely on a high degree of application infrastructure and adhere to a service oriented architecture," adds Mr. Hendrick.

With PowerDesigner 10.0, business users have an even greater ability to optimize business processes. A new interface to SIMUL8's simulation tool allows business users to adjust processes to maximize efficiencies and minimize operational costs. In addition, business models tie more closely to implementation through the addition of BPEL4WS (business process execution language for Web services) round-trip engineering support. Developers with heterogeneous development environments, or those using C# or Visual Basic .Net, can take advantage of the productivity-boosting value of PowerDesigner 10.0's practical approach to UML. Extending Java, Corba IDL, PowerBuilder and XML features with support for the most popular languages of the Microsoft .Net platform ensures any enterprise that the language or languages used to develop software services, components and applications are represented.

"While the focus of modeling tools was once almost exclusively data modeling, business process modeling and UML have become necessities in the software development industry," said Peter Singer, vice president of product development for Knorr Associates Inc. "There are many tools on the market today that provide data modeling, including data-warehouse modeling, object modeling, business process modeling and UML modeling, but there are none that accomplish all of these to the degree that Sybase PowerDesigner does."

Sybase PowerDesigner also offers support for fast growing technologies such as MDA (Model Driven Architecture). While other modeling tools offer limited UML support for MDA, support for MDA in PowerDesigner 10.0 has been applied to the entire tool. This enables both Data Modelers and Business Process Modelers to customize MDA to meet their specific methodologies and standards, thus avoiding significant, perhaps redundant manual rework of generated code. The customizable implementation of MDA in PowerDesigner 10.0 allows users to fully benefit from MDA's promise to offer more automatic code generation for leading platforms such as Web services, Java and .Net.

"Consistency among modeling tools is essential when an enterprise wants to align business and IT needs," said Dimitri Volkmann, worldwide product line director, Sybase Enterprise Products and Technologies, Tools. "With Sybase PowerDesigner 10.0, we set out to develop a fully-integrated tool that incorporates each of the three modeling techniques – business process modeling, data modeling and UML – making it easier for business and IT departments to collaborate on projects, resulting in more consistent and affordable project outcomes."

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