Blueprint Attains Gold Business Partner Status and Product Certification From HP

TORONTO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Aug 18, 2008 -- Blueprint, a leading provider of requirements solutions for software business analysts, today announced it is now an HP Gold Business Partner. The Blueprint Requirements Center -- the company's flagship product -- is now an HP-certified software application, having passed software certification testing by HP, and is ready for integration with HP Test Director for Quality Center. As a result, customers can expect software that better meets business needs through the elicitation and subsequent validation of requirements.

Today's IT applications are leveraged in every facet of business operations. The risk of application failure or delay must be controlled at all points in the software lifecycle, beginning with the cornerstone of requirements. By using the integrated requirements and testing solution, customers are able to:

--  Automatically generate tests from requirements
--  Dramatically reduce test case preparation time and effort
--  Deliver higher quality requirements and tests
--  Enables vastly superior software delivery, as the true business
    requirements are elicited and subsequently validated
    

"Blueprint is the first requirements partner to achieve this level of HP integration and certification, which opens the door for customers to combine the strength of requirements and test definition features from Blueprint Requirements Center with those of the HP Quality Center," said Tony Higgins, vice president of products at Blueprint. "In effect, we've connected the business analyst's workbench to the quality assurance professional's workbench, removing the errors and miscommunication that typically obstruct this crucial control point in the development lifecycle."

"Customers can save time and deliver higher quality applications that meet the needs of the business through strong requirements definition and validation," said Mark Sarbiewski, senior director of products, Software, HP. "With HP Quality Center and Blueprint Requirements Center, IT organizations can implement a seamless, traceable lifecycle solution from initial requirements elicitation through application delivery."

About Blueprint Requirements Center

Blueprint Requirements Center empowers business analysts to employ a lifecycle approach to requirements definition by automating the phases of requirements elicitation, elaboration, validation, and acceptance. Blueprint Requirements Center leverages patented modeling and simulation technology to capture initial requirements concepts and to enable non-technical users to create software simulations of proposed solutions. Integrated feedback and discussions foster collaboration around the requirements, helping ensure issues are surfaced and resolved early. The result is dramatically higher levels of quality and precision in the requirements. Tests automatically generated from the requirements inherit these qualities and have traceability established automatically. The transition of this high-quality requirements and test content to HP Quality Center provides a sound basis for IT delivery teams to ensure software projects meet business goals.

For more information about the Blueprint and HP integration, please visit: http://www.blueprintsys.com/product_rc_qc.php.

About Blueprint

Named a "Cool Vendor" in Application Development by leading analyst firm Gartner, Blueprint aligns business and IT teams by delivering the industry's leading requirements suite designed specifically for the business analyst. Blueprint solutions empower analyst teams to eliminate requirements misunderstanding by capturing, validating, and delivering precise business requirements to local or distributed IT application project teams. Blueprint's product line functions as a collaborative system for the requirements lifecycle, including requirements elicitation, elaboration, validation, and acceptance. Blueprint is a global provider, with presence in the United States, Canada, and Europe. For more information on Blueprint, visit http://www.blueprintsys.com.

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