Soon-to-be-acquired Borland offers simulator for app dev

Company won't comment on what the merger with Micro Focus might mean for TeamDefine

Borland Software, which is in the process of being acquired by Micro Focus, continues to release products bearing the company nameplate.

Borland is announcing on Tuesday Borland TeamDefine, a simulation tool for business analysts to translate software project concepts into working models via storyboards and interactive simulations. The company late last week, however, could not comment specifically on what the planned acquisition of Borland might have on the fate of TeamDefine.

With TeamDefine, members of a development team can use simulations to understand features and functions before development begins. TeamDefine can render an interactive simulation showing a requirement in a manner unlike Microsoft Word documents, Borland said. The simulations assist with delivering applications by reducing rework and eliminating "scope creep," which refers to uncontrolled changes in a project's scope, Borland said.

The product offers a "major leap forward" in managing requirements, said David Wilby, senior vice president of products for Borland, in a statement released by the company.

"Numerous studies conducted over the years on software project waste and failures have traced the roots to requirements," Wilby said.

Featured in TeamDefine is a browser-based simulation authoring environment. Collaboration capabilities are also offered. The product can work alone or with Borland CalibreRM requirements management tools.

Borland is set to be acquired by Micro Focus for US$75 million. That purchase, announced May 6, is expected to close in late in this quarter or next quarter. Asked what effect the merger might have on TeamDefine, a Borland representative said the company could not discuss plans related to the acquisition except to say that the value of TeamDefine remains the same regardless of the deal.

The vendors cannot comment now because of rules pertaining to mergers involving public companies, the representative explained.

Available now, TeamDefine has an introductory price of US$3,000 per user with an unlimited number of simulation reviewers, who are the stakeholders in a TeamDefine simulation.

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