Executing on its plan to provide an open but integrated suite of tools for the software development and application life cycle, embedded systems modeling tool provider Artisan Software has merged with Ada and Java tool provider Aonix to form Atego, which will continue the companies’ focus on safety-critical systems and software, a spokesman said.
Artisan was strong in modeling, requirements and simulation, and Aonix’s IDEs for Ada and Java “fit in with that very well,” said Hedley Apperly, Artisan’s vice president of marketing. “We can already generate code in Java and Ada” from the models, he added.
The new company “still has some gaps” in its tooling at the high and low ends, Apperly added. The company will look to acquire testing tools, and it is building out a process director to take on business motivational modeling, which has become an approved specification at the Object Management Group, he said.
Business motivational modeling is how businesses can define their objectives. A tool for business motivational modeling would help these organizations map their objectives, goals and targets down to IT systems to implement them. “Before you can model your organization, business processes and software and systems, you need to start with requirements. Before that, the business needs to identify its objectives,” Apperly explained.
James B. Gambrell, the former CEO of Artisan, will become executive chairman of Atego, with responsibility for the new company’s strategic direction and future acquisition opportunities. Pierre Cesarini, the former CEO of Aonix, will serve in that role at Atego, responsible for worldwide operations.
Artisan Studio remains the company’s flagship software for modeling, with support for SysML, UML and architectural frameworks, while Artisan Workbench remains the company’s development framework. Aonix brings in the PERC product line for application development in Ada and Java.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.