University of California, Irvine and Unisys to Collaborate on Software Development Research
May 17, 2006
Teaming intended to extend solutions based on Unisys 3D Visible Enterprise approach for closer alignment of business and IT
BLUE BELL, Pa., – Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced a collaborative research agreement with the University of California, Irvine’s (UCI) Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences to explore development of requirement- and rules-driven software. The research team is developing software and methodologies that facilitate an organization’s capability to view the critical linkages between business processes and supporting IT infrastructure and trace the potential impact of changes on all levels of the organization.
Debra J. Richardson, the Ted and Janice Smith Family Foundation Dean of UCI’s Bren School and professor of Informatics, will direct the research along with the Bren School’s Professor Thomas A. Alspaugh.
Richardson, a pioneer in specification-based testing, is currently focused on enabling specification-based testing technology throughout the software lifecycle, from requirements and architectural analysis through operation and evolution. Professor Alspaugh’s current research focuses on the use of scenarios and related artifacts to describe and reason about problems and the systems intended to solve them. The two professors’ extensive experience, coupled with the potential for Unisys to translate the resulting software into IT solutions for business and government, has created a good deal of excitement about the research within both academia and the IT sector.
“Having established the first independent school focused on computing in the University of California system, UCI takes a forward-looking position in collaborative research opportunities,” said Richardson. “UCI always seeks out forward-thinking companies with strong solutions capabilities for our hands-on collaborative research projects. The ICS-Unisys collaboration can reinforce the vision that Unisys has shown with the 3D-VE strategy and directly benefit commercial enterprises and the public sector, as well as provide our students with a window on corporate R&D. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”
The collaboration between UCI and Unisys is intended to reinforce the critical traceability component of Unisys 3D-VE approach, which is designed to enable a client to see and then act on cause-effect relationships among business strategy, processes and IT requirements throughout the entire enterprise and gain unprecedented visibility into the impacts and costs that can block effective execution. Traceability helps an organization to see the total impact of a specific business change on the entire operation and decide whether to implement it. If the change occurs, all affected components of the business model and supporting infrastructure are updated for synchronous operation going forward.
Unisys 3D-VE approach can enable Unisys clients to realize the benefits of secure business operations – breakthrough performance in customer service and satisfaction, competitive advantage in a dynamic marketplace, greater agility in IT management with minimized risks and higher availability, improved operational efficiency and more effective cost control.
Unisys intends to incorporate these advances into its own technology products, including Rules Modeler, a standards-based component of the software toolset used in Unisys 3D Blueprinting to facilitate definition of the strategy and methodology to be applied during a client engagement. Rules Modeler enables enterprises to capture critical information about business models – such as policies, strategic processes and service delivery rules – and use it to generate applications linking that information with enabling IT infrastructure to further strategic business objectives.
Software resulting from the collaborative effort between Unisys and UCI is also intended to further the integration of critical business information from legacy applications, enabling Unisys clients to maximize their long-term IT investments and avoid “rip-and-replace” changes in their business/IT infrastructures. Unisys also intends this software to be able to bridge and integrate both open-source and Microsoft environments. Overall, the research is intended to yield tools that enhance an organization’s capability to deploy a real-time infrastructure that directly and dynamically enables strategic business processes.
“Unisys research extends beyond the boundaries of its own labs,” said Ali Shadman, vice president, Innovative Programs Business, Systems & Technology, Unisys. “As a company, Unisys works diligently to foster collaborative relationships with academia that yield business results. We are confident that the Unisys collaboration with UCI will yield groundbreaking advantages in technology-based solutions that advance the 3D-VE strategy and create significant benefits for Unisys clients.”
For additional information on the research collaboration between Unisys and UCI, please visit www.unisys.com/businessprocesssoftware.
About the University of California, Irvine
The University of California, Irvine is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,400 faculty members. The second-largest employer in dynamic Orange County, UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $3.3 billion. For more UCI news, visit www.today.uci.edu.
About the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences is the first independent computer science school within the UC system and one of the fastest-growing programs of its kind in the nation. Elevated from department to school status in December 2002, information and computer sciences enrollment at UCI has grown by more than 125 percent since 1998, to more than 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. With experts in areas ranging from embedded computer systems and networking to bioinformatics and the social impacts of computing, the school currently ranks 15th among all public university computer science graduate programs, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Unisys is a worldwide technology services and solutions company. Our consultants apply Unisys expertise in consulting, systems integration, outsourcing, infrastructure, and server technology to help our clients achieve secure business operations. We build more secure organizations by creating visibility into clients’ business operations. Leveraging Unisys 3D Visible Enterprise, we make visible the impact of their decisions – ahead of investments, opportunities and risks.
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