Rational Unified Process Pioneer Aligns with Microsoft
Ivar Jacobson Consulting said on Monday that it has joined Microsoft's Visual
Studio 2005 Team System through the Microsoft Visual Studio Industry Partner
program. The consulting company was founded by Ivar Jacobson, sometimes called
the father of RUP.
The company is preparing the Essential Unified Process (Essential UP) based
on the Microsoft Solutions Framework and integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio
2005 Team System. Essential UP is an evolution of the Unified Process originally
developed 10 years ago, which forms the foundation of RUP, the consulting company
says. Essential UP differs in that it is a departure from heavy process techniques
and offers substantial improvements based on more than 10 years of customer
For users of RUP or Unified Process, Essential UP offers advanced updated techniques
to provide a streamlined and lightweight alternative for modern organizations
seeking to adopt software engineering best practices with less overhead, complexity
and disruption, the company claims.
By adding the Essential UP to the Microsoft Solutions Framework, software development
teams will be able to follow key process steps which are instantiated from directly
within Visual Studio 2005 Team System, designed for both individual and team
productivity, according to the company.