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The Visble Edge - July 2004

Visible Spotlight - Feature Story





Visible Spotlight - Feature Story
Using Enterprise Architecture for IT & Business Governance - Part 1

Using Enterprise Architecture for IT and Business Governance Requirements - Part 1. This White Paper describes a practical approach for rapid enterprise compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley driven IT and business governance requirements.

It shows how internal controls can be established by senior management using a Governance Analysis Framework (GAF). This is used to document the relationships within an enterprise that support financial and other reporting requirements. It is based on a comprehensive organizing framework using the Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture, as well as proven Enterprise Architecture methods and tools for the documentation and management of the GAF. It ensures that senior management is able to comply with the internal control reporting requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

To obtain a copy of this white paper please visit our web:

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Razor Users Forum

This year's Razor Users Forum will be held on Tuesday, December 7th and Wednesday, December 8th, 2004 in Denver, Colorado. Attendance is free and open to all Razor users throughout the world! We hope that Denver's location will appeal to all of our users, especially those throughout the Midwest and Western United States.

This year's Razor Users Forum will be hosted by Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver, Colorado. The forum will consist of 1.5 days of discussion and demonstrations. On Wednesday, December 8th, all attendees are invited to join in a production floor tour of Lockheed Martin Astronautics manufacturing facility.

Your contact for the Razor Users Forum is Liz Goetz. To register, please contact Liz via email at or at 315-363-8000 ext 227. All attendees will receive a registration packet containing security paperwork. Foreign Nationals will receive additional paperwork in their registration packets for security purposes.


  • All paperwork must be completed and received no later than November 1, 2004 for security processing purposes.
  • Registration deadline is November 1, 2004. No new registrations will be accepted beyond the registration deadline.

More information on available lodging and the facility tour will follow in next month's newsletter.

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We just finished up our Razor Training Classes in Cocoa Beach, FL. We had a full class with students that came from all over the USA from a range of different companies including Northrop Grumman, Raytheon E-Systems, L-3 Comm, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Robins AFB, NASA - Kennedy Space Center, United Space Alliance, Titan Corporation and Lockheed Martin.

Our next Razor Training Class will be offered in November. For details please visit our website:

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Tech Tip

Viewing Issues and Threads History

You can easily view the History of any issue or thread directly from the Versions GUI. Here's how:

  1. Initiate a Versions session.
  2. In the Versions GUI, select Edit/Tool Properties.
  3. In the Tool Properties GUI, uncheck "Hide thread groups" and "Hide issue groups." Hit OK.
  4. In the Version GUI, select Groups/Threads or Groups/Issues. Versions will now display information on the group you selected.
  5. To view the history of any item, highlight an object in the Versions GUI, and go Utilities/Info. The top portion of the File Info GUI shows the object's current status. The lower pane shows the object's history.

TIP: If you double-click on an issue, you will see the issue's content. If you double-click on a thread, you will see the thread's content.

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In today's very competitive global manufacturing environments, those enterprises that have adopted PLM/PDM solutions like Visible's LCSIS are moving to the forefront of product innovation and product development, according to industry leaders like DELCO Remy. According to a recent article in "Managing Information" those who've had PDM up and running for six months or longer are beginning to report dramatic improvements to their product development processes and operational cost reductions. Early adopters like Lockheed Martin, DELCO, and IBM say they have cut back on the number of disparate systems used to house product-related data, a reduction which trims software licensing and IT support costs. Others report huge savings in the administrative expenses associated with staffing print rooms to deal with engineering changes and the shipping costs related to mailing drawings back and forth. There are also harder-to-quantify benefits like fostering parts reuse, reducing scrap, and getting products to market in a more timely fashion.

If this is where you think your company needs to be today in order to be here tomorrow then contact us at Visible Systems Corp. on the web at click on Products then LCSIS.

Visible's Zachman Framework Enterprise - wide approach to total data integration of your company's intellectual property will save you time and money!

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Attend a Visible Analyst webinar by August 1st and receive $200 off the price of the Visible Analyst Enterprise Framework edition.

For a schedule of Visible product webinars, please visit our web site at

*** This offer is not valid on previous purchases. ***

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What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in an hour?

The answer to the above puzzle can be found at:

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