Select Software is attempting to reinvent itself as a generic tools supplier for the component development market, rather than positioning itself as simply a vendor of object modelling tools.
As a result, it is trying to establish credibility in this market by releasing a book entitled 'Component-based Development for Enterprise Systems: Applying the Select Perspective'.
The book, which was jointly written by Stuart Frost, Select?s chief executive, and Paul Allen, who helped Bill Gates set up Microsoft, provides users with guidelines on how to undertake large development projects.
Ed Holt, Select?s president, said: ?We still focus on our modelling tools, but they?re only one piece of our component development product line. Last year, they generated about 80 per cent of our revenues, which are expected to be $28.4-28.7 million, but this year, we expect those figures to be more like 60 per cent.?
He added that Select had also started shipping a new project management tool, Select Estimator, under the banner of the Select Component Factory (SFC), to boost its offerings on the development side.
The first SFC product, Component Manager, was launched in the fourth quarter of last year, as an add-on to the company?s Btrieve repository, to enable users to locate and manage the components stored within it.
Select Estimator, however, is based on the ObjectMetrix offering from consultancy Object Factory. The product, which is aimed at project managers, takes application models built using Select Enterprise and makes time and budget estimates based on their size and complexity.
The first release only works against Select?s modelling tool, but the next version, due by the middle of the year, will include an OLE interface, which means customers can use it against third party products.
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