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APG Joins Open Source Process Initiative

Promises a major step forward in IT productivity

New Richmond, WI, October 12, 2005 — Armstrong Process Group (APG) announced today its participation in the recently unveiled Eclipse Process Framework (EPF) initiative. APG is joined by fourteen other companies including IBM, Capgemini, BearingPoint, Covansys, Ivar Jacobson International, Number Six Software, Ambysoft, Object Mentor, and the University of British Columbia as co-submitters and contributors to this new major open source project. The EPF project intends to create a core of common roles, activities, and work products for software development projects (to be known as the Basic Unified Process) and a set of basic tools for authoring, tailoring, managing, and publishing software development processes. More information about the EPF can be found at the Eclipse Foundation’s website at www.eclipse.org.

“Armstrong Process Group is very excited about being a co-submitter and contributor to the Eclipse Process Framework (EPF). The EPF provides an open source, community-based platform on which to share and evolve best practices in software development. The opportunity to contribute to EPF is very well aligned with APG’s strategy in evolving industry standards such as the Unified Modeling Language® (UML®), Model-Driven Architecture® (MDA®), the Software Process Engineering Metamodel (SPEM), and The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF),” said Chris Armstrong, President of APG.

APG mission is to provide proven and practical process guidance for aligning business strategies with IT capabilities. APG’s unique combination of integrated strategic process improvement consulting, customized classroom training, professional development products, and project coaching ensures that clients will practice a sustainable development process. APG has a comprehensive classroom-training curriculum of over 30 courses that cover all aspects of the software development lifecycle. APG also provides a set of products to the IT and software development community for supporting organizational and professional development that include the APG “RUP Prep” and “UML Prep” Certification Practice Exam suites and the APG Professional Development Plug-In for Rational Unified Process (RUP). In addition to delivering its own training material directly to clients, APG also licenses its courseware to APG Authorized Training Providers.

All APG services, products, and intellectual property are integrated with and revolve around one theme – a common process framework. The APG Rapid Iterative Process™ (RIP™) describes a family of business and IT management and operation processes. RIP is an adaptive, iterative approach based on industry best practices and real-world experience applying and integrating Agile, Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), RUP, and Capability Maturity Model® Integration (CMMI®) practices (among others) using industry standards such as MDA, UML, and TOGAF.

“The promise of more stability and consistency in the practice of software development represents a significant step in maturity for the industry,” said Armstrong. “APG has developed a considerable body of intellectual property in the form of process models, process content (guidances such as templates and examples), courseware, and professional development products around these standards. APG plans to contribute portions of our intellectual property to the EPF, which will provide a wonderful platform for sharing our content with a wider audience and getting more diverse feedback on how to improve it. In addition, APG will contribute human resources to the EPF to facilitate the project’s ongoing activities.”

About APG
Armstrong Process Group, Inc., (APG) focuses on helping organizations adopt more effective business management and software engineering practices through strategic planning, classroom training, and project coaching. APG is an Influencing member of the Object Management Group (OMG), is currently contributing to the UML and SPEM specifications, and is an OMG MDA FastStart Qualified Service Provider. APG is an IBM Business Partner and an IBM Independent Software Vendor (ISV). Armstrong Process Group is a privately held corporation located in New Richmond, Wisconsin (near Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota).

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