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Blueprint Delivers 'Early Warning System' for IT Projects and Expanded Integrations with Latest Version of Requirements and Definition Management Software

Blueprint v5.4 Aligns Cross-Functional Teams and Provides Clear Insight into Project Status and Performance at Any Point in the Software Development Lifecycle

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 01/08/14 -- Blueprint, the leading provider of enterprise Requirements Definition and Management (RDM) software, today launched Blueprint v5.4, the latest version of its best-in-class RDM solution. Blueprint v5.4 features new Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) integration capabilities that align cross-functional teams; and includes Blueprint Analytics, a solution that gives enterprises clear visibility into the early stages of large, complex IT project portfolios. Blueprint v5.4 also offers electronic signature - essential for approvals in regulated industries.

"The lack of visibility and collaboration across the enterprise in the early stages of the software development lifecycle is sabotaging many IT projects," says Dan Shimmerman, president and CEO of Blueprint. "Blueprint v5.4 helps more people from across the enterprise make better decisions earlier in the software development lifecycle by easily sharing requirements information with all of those who need it. It also lets executives see which projects are at risk from the very early stages, long before any issues would typically be detected."

New ALM Integrations Align Cross-Functional Teams

Blueprint v5.4 features new and enhanced integration capabilities that enable deep bi-directional data synchronization with leading Agile Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solutions, including: IBM Rational Team Concert, JIRA, Microsoft Team Foundation Server, Rally, and VersionOne. These are in addition to Blueprint's existing integration with HP Quality Center and HP ALM.

This level of integration effectively allows these systems to "talk" to one another enabling better communication between business analysts, developers, testers and all other team members who use these products. Customers can unify their ALM infrastructure with Blueprint v5.4 to deliver complete traceability, improved visibility, and efficient collaboration between cross-functional teams throughout the application development lifecycle.

Delivering Visibility to Protect Project Investments

Featuring Blueprint Analytics, Blueprint v5.4 delivers insight into projects at any point in the lifecycle, including the crucial early stages. With Blueprint v5.4, the information held within a Blueprint system is now available to the customer's existing business intelligence (BI) products. This allows IT leaders and other executives to leverage their existing BI infrastructure to provide clear visibility into early stages of the software development lifecycle, across the entire portfolio of projects in Blueprint.

The same BI capabilities that executives already use can now include Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and other important metrics derived from critical business analysis and requirements definition work as it happens. This gives executives automated early warnings of project risk, and clear insight into project health at any point in the lifecycle, to protect project investments.

Support for Electronic Signatures

Blueprint v5.4 supports electronic signatures as part of 'formal' reviews, which is especially important for those working in regulated industries (e.g., health care, financial services). Review coordinators have the option of requesting electronic signatures for those reviewers whose 'approval' is requested on specific requirements artifacts.

Sophisticated Cross-Project Searching

To support the easy location of artifacts across a portfolio of projects, Blueprint v5.4 allows users to search for requirements information in selected Blueprint projects. This sophisticated cross-project searching enables users to find exactly what they are looking for, wherever it may exist in the portfolio.

Availability

Blueprint v5.4 is immediately available as a cloud-based offering or can be installed on premise if preferred. For additional information please contact Blueprint at 1-866-979-2583 (BLUE) or info@blueprintsys.com.

About Blueprint

Founded in 2004, Blueprint develops requirements definition and management (RDM) software. With its best-in-class RDM solution, Blueprint helps companies get complex software and IT project requirements right from the start. Blueprint solves many of the time-consuming, costly, and error-prone elements of defining requirements, ensuring that mission critical projects are completed on time and budget. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Blueprint has global sales, operations and partner presence. Visit: http://www.blueprintsys.com.

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