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RAZOR Software Configuration Management moves towards more integrated requirements tracking, point of reference tracability and source document control.

Razor 's new release provides management with a single point of control to track reference documentation from its point of origin through its final disposition.

ONEIDA, NY - October 27, 2003 -- A newly released version of Visible Systems Software Configuration Management product, Razor®, now allows software developers and configuration managers to drive every facet of the development process from its point of origin - effectively shortening the development lifecycle and improving time to market. The new Razor functionality enhances an organization's ability to communicate early on in the development process, helping project managers identify potential requirements problems and saving valuable development time.

"This release greatly enhances Razor's value to our customers who need to gain control of their product development process earlier in the lifecycle." said Mike Cesino, President and COO of Visible. "By capturing information at the point of origin, users are able to add, remove, view, and export reference documentation at the beginning of their lifecycle process in Razor's Issues Management Module. The reference documentation then can be linked to users, user groups; and most importantly file operations associated with version control and product release activities. An audit trail of all operations performed is recorded along with username, timestamp, operation type and file attachment filename. The result is complete traceability of all referenced documents throughout your configuration process", added Cesino.

Razor®, an integrated problem tracking and configuration management tool, is an integrated suite of tools which combines a tailorable issue tracking system with traditional configuration and build coordination capabilities. Razor® integrates requirements definition so all check-ins and projects can be related to requirements. Each requirement, bug report, or change request is entered in terms of an issue and assigned a unique issue number. Issues can in turn be associated with files that are under version control. When it is time to gather files to perform a release, the files are then identified by their issue number. Razor's scope is easily extended to aid anyone within an organization. Its highly configurable interface allows for easy integration into a wide variety of environments. "The Razor Unix server with the NT client works great. It's extremely easy to customize, very easy to install, very well laid out in terms of directory structure and tools", stated Vickie Slingsby, Configuration Management Coordinator for MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (

Pricing and Availability
Razor is based on a floating license scheme whereby usage is not locked to particular clients or users. Its outstanding value and flexibility with prices start at $683.00 per license for a 10 User License and include every platform at no additional cost. You can obtain a copy of the latest release by visiting our web site at Simply download the Razor package appropriate for the platform on which you will be performing your evaluation. IssueWeaver will be automatically bundled in all downloads and will be available free of charge to all demo clients.

About Razor
Razor is an activity-based Software Configuration Management tool, providing process management, issue/problem tracking, version control, and release management in one integrated framework. Workflow, templates, rules, and controls can be customized to match a customer's process. Managers can conform Razor's problem tracking feature to their organization's processes and specify event triggers to notify project members of predefined actions, such as missed deadline, incomplete tasks, or inaction on an item. In addition to the 2.4.x kernel of Linux, platforms supported by Razor include: SunOS 4.1.x, Solaris 2.5 (Sparc) Solaris 2.6 and higher (Sparc & Intel), HPUX (10.x), IRIX (5.x & 6.x), IRIX 6.5 (64-bit), AIX (3.x & 4.x), OSF/1 (Digital Unix 4.x), SCO, Linux (2.0.x, 2.2.x & 2.4.x), Windows NT/95/98/2000 and Windows NT 4.0/2000/XP (server and client).

About Visible Systems
Headquartered in Lexington, MA, Visible offers end-to-end, model-based solutions for developing and managing large-scale software and database applications. Visible has over 100,000 users of its products worldwide. Besides Razor, the company's products include Visible Advantage, an enterprise architecture planning and development tool. Visible Analyst, a powerful software analysis and design tool that supports UML, XML, round-trip, and structured software engineering in one integrated tool set. Visible Developer, a model-based, technology-neutral code engine for Visual Basic .NET and Visual C# .NET generation and Visible LCSIS a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tool. A growing list of Visible customers include AEA Technology, AT&T, BAE Systems, Boeing, Booz, Allen, & Hamilton, Computer Sciences Corporation, DASA Daimler-Benz Aerospace, Eagle Systems Inc., Federal Aviation Administration, Foster Miller, General Dynamics, Integral Systems, Johnson Space Center, Lockheed Martin, Los Alamos National Labs, Motorola, NASA - Kennedy Space Center, NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center, Naval Air Warfare Center, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, National Security Agency, National Severe Storms Lab, NLX Corporation, NOAA, Northrop Grumman Information Technology, Orbital Science, Raytheon E-Systems, Robins Air Force Base, SAIC, Sandia National Laboratories, Social Security Administration, Sensis, Shell, Seagate Technology, State of Arizona, Tundra Semiconductors and the US Navy Coastal System Station.


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