CASE takes on RAD

Computer-aided software engineering (CASE) tools are not about to get left behind as the rapid application development (RAD) phenomenon grows. Texas Instruments Inc. and other CASE vendors are positioning their products in this market.

What the government is demanding of RAD vendors is for them "to show that you can do for a big enterprise system what you've done for small, departmental systems," said Larry Singer, executive director of TI's Government Solutions Group.

TI's Composer will be key in the new environment, which is redefining RAD from rapid application development to rapid application deployment, Singer said.

TI is working with the Joint Logistics Systems Center in Dayton, Ohio, on a "system to track parts and supplies for all the services," Singer said. The Environmental Protection Agency's safe drinking water program also used Composer to develop a reusable "reporting component" so that states could submit data in a consistent format.

Sterling Software Inc.'s CASE Key:Enterprise suite also promises rapid deployment of three-tier applications, with added elements such as workflow analysis, said Paul Claussen, program manager.

A payroll system at the Department of Health and Human Services, for example, used the planning, analysis, design and construct modules in Key:Enterprise to replace a system in eight months that it took HHS eight years to develop, Claussen said.

Oracle Corp.'s Designer/2000 toolkit, meanwhile, beats other CASE products in the Oracle7 market, said Sharon Kennedy, managing principal for Oracle Government Consulting.

The RAD elements of the toolkit are the data diagrammer, module structure diagrammer and module data diagrammer. The toolkit is being used to develop the Navy Judge Advocate General trial-level case tracking system.

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--Charlotte Adams

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