Visible Systems Corp., a company that specializes in application development tools, has acquired LCSIS, a cross-platform product data management (PDM) system developed by McLaughlin Research Corp., which provides lifecycle engineering and technical services.
Visible Systems plans to integrate LCSIS with its Razor Software Configuration Management tool to create a new product offering to give program managers and product engineers a single platform for coordinating changes across hardware and software components of large, complex products, according to Mike Cesino, general manager of Visible’s Configuration Management business.
“For product managers in the defense, telecommunications, aerospace, automotive and electronics industries, managing change means defining product components, managing their development and integrating them into a final release,” he said. “Our new product offering helps managers synchronize hardware and software changes throughout the entire product lifecycle. We believe a unified, integrated account of product changes can help program managers build and deliver products on time and within budget.”
The initial product offering, Razor LCSIS, will be available within the next three months. It will let Razor users synchronize software and hardware changes via an automated notification scheme at a cost of US$695 per user. A standalone, client version of LCSIS is available on the company’s Web site as a demo.
LCSIS is a dynamic product data management system that meets the specialized needs of program and product managers of complex products. It runs on a variety of platforms, including the Mac. Razor is an activity-based software configuration management tool that provides process management, issue/problem tracking, version control and release management in one integrated framework.