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Product development and model-based systems engineering requires alignment between solutions

PORTLAND, Ore. — Sept. 28, 2016 — Jama Software — a product-development solution for companies building hardware, software and integrated systems — today announced a partnership with No Magic, the leading global provider of integrated modeling, simulation and analysis services and solutions. The partnership results from the increasing demand on organizations to connect teams within an ecosystem of tools and processes specific to requirements solicitation and design.

“For product companies to succeed today they need solutions that work together and not in isolation. As systems are defined, modeled, and prototyped it's important that gaps between tools and users don’t get in the way of progress. No Magic is at the forefront of visualization and model based systems engineering, and we are excited to be working with such a forward-thinking company,” said Jennifer Jaffe, vice president of product at Jama Software. “We will continue to grow our ecosystem to provide the best value possible for our customers as their needs and those of the market evolve.”

Beginning with a referral partnership, the companies will work with mutual customers to enhance product quality and speed of delivery through requirements and modeling collaboration. The partnership is expected to expand over time to include integrations and flows based on customer needs. Because both partners believe in open standards, such as REST API, OSLC and ReqIF, there are multiple opportunities for integrations based on customer needs. Utilizing each company’s open platforms, Jama and No Magic are collaborating with existing customers to bring teams together from concept to design.

“The plan to extend our ecosystem to include Jama Software further exemplifies our partnering strategy with best-of-breed vendors in the systems space,” said Enrique Krajmalnik, No Magic’s CTO. “Jama’s lean, web-based platform brings the next generation of requirements management to our community,” he added.

“As technical systems become more complex, tighter data integration is needed between all lifecycle aspects of a product, ranging from requirements, to system architecture, down to simulation results,” said Axel Reichwein, CEO of Koneksys, developer of next engineering data integration solutions. “A partnership between No Magic and Jama based on open standards will improve collaboration between engineers and ultimately lead to better products.”

Systems development has become increasingly complex, as underlying technology platforms have advanced exponentially over the past 10 years. These factors are compounded by increased pressure from consumers for up-to-the-minute access to new technologies, as well as broadening application of functional safety standards across industries. As a result, product companies and suppliers are seeking product development solutions that are open and that integrate well, reducing the engineering overhead of context switching and business cost of missed information or insights.

Jama’s partnership with No Magic follows the the introduction of the Jama Alliance and Innovator Partner Program, which expand availability of the Jama solution and support the evolution of modern product delivery through partnerships with best-of-breed organizations, academic institutions and technology incubators.

Duncanson Brings Innovation and Unique Perspective to FourthTerm

AUSTIN, Texas – September 21, 2016 – No Magic, the leading global provider of integrated modeling, simulation, and analysis services and solutions, is pleased to announce that Gary Duncanson, the firm’s President and CEO, has been reappointed to the Object Management Group® (OMG®) Board of Directors. The OMG is an international, open membership, not-for-profit technology standards consortium.

“Gary is an innovator in standards-based modeling. His input in OMG Board of Directors meetings has been invaluable for our continued growth and success in this area,” said Dr. Richard Soley, OMG Chairman and CEO. “We appreciate his willingness to serve, and look forward to benefitting from his expertise and counsel – especially in some of the new technology areas impacting modeling such as semantics, Big Data, analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT),” added Dr. Soley.
Mr. Duncanson was reappointed to the OMG Board of Directors at the Consortium’s quarterly technical meeting held in Chicago, Illinois, during the week of September 12. The new Board term officially begins January 1, 2017. He was initially elected to the OMG BOD in December, 2007, and began serving on the BOD on January 1, 2008. Mr. Duncanson’s current reappointment represents his fourth consecutive BOD term.

“I am delighted and honored to be reappointed to the OMG BOD,” commented Gary Duncanson, No Magic’s President and CEO. “One of the primary goals of No Magic, central to our ongoing innovation strategy, is to be the most standards-compliant software company in the industry. We believe that adherence to OMG standards has been a critical success factor for No Magic in achieving this goal, and will certainly continue to be in the future. My personal dedication to the mission and principles of OMG has never been greater. I look forward to a highly productive and rewarding term on the OMG BOD,” said Mr. Duncanson.

No Magic’s Cameo Collaborator Enables Users to Access FIBO Concept Model in Real Time

Allen, Texas, September 12, 2016 – No Magic, the leading global provider of integrated modeling, simulation and analysis services and solutions, announced today the release of its new FIBO – Cameo® Concept Modeler microsite, powered by No Magic’s Cameo Collaborator. The site launch coincides with the launch of FIBO-V, the FIBO-Vocabulary Early Adopter Program, which focuses on FIBO as both an ontology and a vocabulary. The intent is to expedite the implementation of FIBO as a structured vocabulary.

Cameo Concept Modeler offers a user-friendly bridge between modeling and ontology, giving users a means to quickly and easily model concepts without extensive training in formal description logic. The FIBO microsite underscores the fact that Cameo Concept Modeler is one of the leading tools currently on the market, giving users the ability to view FIBO models as a concept model.
FIBO (Financial Industry Business Ontology) is a financial industry standard providing a description of the structure and contractual obligations of financial instruments, legal entities, market data and financial processes. With the launch of the No Magic FIBO microsite – – No Magic continues to strengthen its strong relationship with the FIBO standardization team at the OMG® and EDM Council.

The new No Magic FIBO microsite allows users to:

  • view FIBO as a concept model with Cameo Concept Modeler, using No Magic’s Cameo Collaborator – visualizing FIBO is key in understanding the relationships among and between commonly used financial terms. CCM simplifies this process, allowing users to import FIBO and visualize it using a modeling approach embraced by business people who rely on FIBO.
  • view the FIBO natural language glossary in real time – CCM automatically builds a natural language glossary directly from FIBO; associated FIBO-V diagrams and a natural language glossary have been published to the new microsite for FIBO.
  • view the No Magic toolchain – once users have imported FIBO into Cameo Concept Modeler, this can be tied into the entire No Magic toolchain for publishing, reviewing and commenting via Cameo Collaborator.

“FIBO and its place within the financial industry is just one area where ontology is playing an increasingly important role,” said Enrique Krajmalnik, No Magic’s CTO. “That’s why there has already been tremendous user interest in this FIBO microsite, which clearly highlights the power of CCM for importing financial industry business ontology concepts, while at the same time showing users the extensive natural language glossary live. The microsite shows the power and ease of use of our MagicDraw® platform and how it can be used to solve business vocabulary problems,” Enrique said.

Specific features of the new Cameo Concept Modeler that directly benefit FIBO include UI enhancements for creating and exporting concept models, natural language glossary enhancements, technical RDF/OWL optimizations, and support for property chains, equivalent classes and equivalent properties.

“We are pleased with the hard work that the No Magic team has invested in FIBO, and especially with the ease of use of Cameo Concept Modeler and Cameo Collaborator as integral elements of the FIBO Build-Test-Deploy-Maintain Methodology,” commented Dennis Wisnosky, Senior Advisor to EDMC and FIBO Project Manager.

New Solution Combines Product Line Engineering and Model Based Engineering to Deliver New Levels of Efficiency, Competitive Advantage for Companies Delivering Complex Product Lines

biglever software logoAUSTIN, Texas – April 4, 2016 – BigLever Software, the leading provider of Product Line Engineering (PLE) solutions, announced today that the company has partnered with No Magic, the premier standards-based modeling, simulation and analysis solutions provider, to deliver an integrated PLE and Model Based Engineering (MBE) solution – the No Magic MagicDraw/BigLever Software Gears Bridge. This new integration enables companies to achieve competitive advantage through the reduction of complexity, greater efficiency, increased product quality, enhanced scalability and portfolio diversity, as well as improved cross-functional alignment between engineering and operational roles.

“Product engineering organizations need a new approach for harnessing the ever-growing complexity of managing product variation across a product line portfolio,” said Dr. Charles Krueger, BigLever Software CEO. “PLE has emerged as a game-changing engineering paradigm for addressing this need. By partnering with No Magic, and bringing MagicDraw into the PLE Ecosystem, we are creating a new dimension for Model Based Engineering with MagicDraw – one that combines PLE’s innovative feature-based variation management capabilities with the powerful visualization, analysis, verification, and validation capabilities of MBE.”

PLE addresses product complexity by dramatically simplifying the creation, delivery, maintenance, and evolution of a product line portfolio. It uses a shared set of engineering assets, a managed set of features, and an efficient means for automating production of assets for the product line. BigLever’s Gears PLE solution and methods enable a unified feature-based approach across the full lifecycle, from portfolio planning to multi-discipline asset engineering and testing, product management, manufacturing, sales, and service. By providing a “single source of feature truth,” PLE enables a holistic view into the feature variations for a product family, thereby eliminating the need for different variant management mechanisms across tools, processes and organizational functions.

“The No Magic global team is delighted to announce this partnership with BigLever,” said Gary Duncanson, President and CEO of No Magic. “Our strategic alliance facilitates the work taking place by our commercial and defense sector customers as they endeavor to meet their large-scale product line and design variant deployment requirements. PLE has been of critical importance in many industry domains, including the automotive sector. The integration of PLE and Model-based Systems Engineering represented in this unique partnership simplifies and mitigates product design complexity, while at the same time providing equally impressive industry results of a two-to-ten-time gain in engineering metrics.”

About the No Magic MagicDraw/BigLever Software Gears Bridge

No Magic’s MagicDraw MBE platform is used by enterprises to replace document-driven artifacts with integrated and traceable models. The MagicDraw/Gears Bridge extends MagicDraw to operate seamlessly, efficiently, and effectively as part of the unified PLE lifecycle toolsets used by a growing number of systems engineering organizations.

The new Bridge allows engineers to use Gears PLE concepts and constructs as first-class systems engineering mechanisms for managing product line diversity in MagicDraw models, as a highly scalable alternative to traditional clone-and-own or manual variant management approaches. MagicDraw models can now be seen as shared assets within Gears-based production lines, and automatically configured for different products by making feature choices in a Gears feature profile.

About BigLever Software

BigLever Software, Inc., the leading provider of systems and software product line engineering solutions and services, dramatically simplifies the creation, evolution, maintenance and delivery of a product line – a portfolio of similar products or systems with variations in features and functions. BigLever’s patented Gears solution enables organizations to reduce development costs and bring new product line features and products to market faster, enabling businesses to more reliably target and hit strategic market windows. BigLever is based in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit

BigLever Software, Gears, and No Magic MagicDraw/BigLever Software Gears Bridge are trademarks of BigLever Software, Inc. MagicDraw and Cameo are registered trademarks of No Magic, Inc.

CCM SP2 Plugin Enhances Collaboration and Productivity – Users Easily Model Concepts Via Simplified Ontology Approach

Allen, Texas November 30, 2015 – No Magic, the leading global provider of integrated modeling, simulation and analysis services and solutions announced today the release of CameConcept Modeler Plugin (CCM) 18.0 Service Pack 2.

This service pack, offering numerous enhancements, continues No Magic's tradition of delivering rapid and timely software updates to users. Since the product's initial release September, 2015, CameConcept Modeler continues to receive industry accolades by providing a user-friendly bridge between modeling and ontology, giving users a means to quickly and easily model concepts without extensive training in formal description logic.

"We listen to customer feedback from enterprise and system architects, ontologists, analysts, knowledge engineers, modelers and subject matter experts and work to include as many feature requests in our service packs as possible,” said Enrique Krajmalnik, No Magic’s CTO. “The improved documentation, OWL import and export improvements, natural language glossary and optimized usability found in this CCM Service Pack 2 release are great examples of this," he added.

"CCM is a different breed of modeling tool for these users," Krajmalnik said. "It takes the power and ease-of-use of our award-winning MagicDraw® platform and extends it to solve business vocabulary problems, especially prevalent now, due to the shortage of trained ontologists.”

With CameConcept Modeler, modelers can create meaningful model elements with a single keystroke. This enables users to focus on the iterative process of developing and analyzing models.

The CameConcept Modeler Service Pack 2 offers these new enhancements and user benefits making the development process even easier:

  • Documentation:
    • Documents how to generate a natural-language glossary from one or more concept models
    • Documents the improvements shown below:
  • OWL import and export improvements:
    • Import from OWL and export tOWL supports the JSON-LD format
    • Import from OWL supports arbitrary annotation properties
    • Export tOWL creates an OWL annotation when it finds a UML comment stereotyped as an «Annotation», having a tagged value pointing tan annotation property, and anchored ta UML class or property
  • Natural Language Glossary:
    • Superclass and property types now hyperlink to their head word
  • Usability improvements:
    • Importing from OWL creates shorter package names, unless there is a name collision
    • A new diagram menu item selects a redefined or subsetted property in the containment tree
    • A new diagram menu item selects a redefined or subsetted property in any one of the diagrams that show it
    • Glossary generation options are now turned off by default for new projects
    • A new containment tree menu item creates or rebuilds a glossary according to the currently set glossary creation project options
    • An anonymous union superclass forces subordinate generalization sets to always be {complete}
    • A UML package stereotyped as «ConceptModel» always unhides the "URI" metaproperty to make it easier to set its base URI

With CCM SP2, users also receive AutoStyler 18.0 SP2, a no-charge, highly useful CCM plugin that allows modelers the ability to easily manage the styles of any kind of model diagram in MagicDraw. SP2 enhancements to AutoStyler include:

  • Menu items for setting the defining diagram and repairing styles are now enabled when Generalization Sets, Trees, and Properties are among the elements selected on a diagram
  • Styles can now be repaired for Generalization Sets, Trees, and Properties

MagicDraw® Plugin Boosts Productivity & Enhances Collaboration –
Easily Model Concepts Via Simplified Ontology Approach

Allen, Texas (September 2, 2015) – No Magic, the leading global provider of integrated modeling, simulation and analysis services and solutions announced today the release of its Cameo Concept Modeler Plugin (CCM), the latest addition to the company's expanding Cameo® Suite solution portfolio. Cameo Concept Modeler leads the industry in providing a user-friendly bridge between modeling and ontology, allowing users to quickly and easily model concepts without extensive training in formal description logic.

The new solution is designed for enterprise and system architects, ontologists, analysts, knowledge engineers, modelers and subject matter experts.

"CCM is a different breed of modeling tool for these users," said Enrique Krajmalnik, No Magic's CTO. "It takes the power and ease-of-use of our award-winning MagicDraw platform and extends it to solve the problem of business vocabulary ambiguity, exacerbated by the complexity of ontology tools and a lack of trained ontologists. Using simple, easy to use and understand models of real world concepts, CCM helps coalesce systems of people, process, and information," added Enrique.

Cameo Concept Modeler is unique in that it provides all the value of ontologies, yet goes beyond with its appealing graphics and plain English glossaries, employing an intuitive drag and drop interface. As a result, modelers can create meaningful model elements with a single keystroke. This enables users to focus on the iterative process of developing and analyzing models.

Other key benefits of Cameo Concept Modeler include:

  • Consultant-proven, subject matter expert friendly graphical notation
  • Integrates with any UML® model or UML-based standard, such as UPDM, DoDAF, or NIEM-UML
  • Ideal for Architects to create new models of information from one overarching concept model

"With the introduction of our new Cameo Concept Modeler, the industry gets a highly innovative visual tool that allows a concept model to be part of the UML ecosystem, allowing ease of integration with our Cameo solution Suite," said Gary Duncanson, President and CEO of No Magic. "In addition CCM unifies all kinds of models, such as models of requirements, data, business processes, systems, ontologies, database schemata, message schemata and object-oriented software," added Duncanson.

For advanced users, such as Architects, the Cameo Concept Modeler Plugin allows these users to create and realize new models of information from one concept model, as well as connect existing models of information to concept models. Architects can also "cherry pick" concepts and properties to create a closed-world information model for schemata and code generation.

In addition, analysts and knowledge engineers find CCM highly useful and intuitive as they use UML to work with subject matter experts to model any and all real-world concepts and properties of a business in the specific language of that business.

Company Announces an Enhanced Management Team To Help Support Continued Growth

Allen, Texas (May 18, 2015) – No Magic Inc., the leading global provider of integrated modeling, simulation, and analysis services and solutions announced changes to its executive leadership team that will accelerate its growth into 2016 and beyond. Changes include several executive promotions, title changes and new roles, all part of the company's commitment to continued growth as it begins its 21st year of excellence. Gary Duncanson, President and CEO of No Magic announced the following changes reflecting further advancement of strong leadership throughout the company:

Enrique Krajmalnik has been appointed Chief Technology Officer and will guide and direct the company's technical resources. He is responsible for the company's technical strategy, direction and product vision. Before joining No Magic in 2014, Enrique co-founded several technology companies ranging from software development to IT services and cloud/SAAS delivery platforms. A veteran of the IT services industry, Enrique has over 25 years of experience providing technical solutions for business. Enrique is responsible for managing the No Magic development teams in each of the company's development centers located in Allen, Texas, Asia and Europe. He holds a Bachelors' degree in Economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and studied Mechanical Engineering at Duke University.

Jana K. Diamond has been promoted to Senior Director, Product Management. In this role Jana will ensure that all product development initiatives are executed according to the company's strategy in order to deliver the highest quality solutions. Jana is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over ten years experience in project management. Jana's background includes leading multi-million dollar projects for the DoD in the missiles and space arena. Jana holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Colorado and has completed a Masters level program in Homeland Defense.

Charles Galey joins No Magic as Senior Director of Software Engineering. In this role Charles will be responsible for overall software development, including the building, releasing and maintaining of No Magic solutions. The position will oversee Engineering, DevOps and QA. Charles is a former Systems Engineer from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he participated in development of futuristic spacecraft concepts. Charles has a Bachelors' degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters degree in Satellite Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Jim Logan has been promoted to Principal Architect and Product Manager, for Cameo Concept Modeler. Jim is responsible for developing and evangelizing No Magic's newest solution, Cameo Concept Modeler, designed to provide UML-based representations of complex systems and business processes including ontologies. Jim is an accomplished enterprise architect and system architect with over 30 years of experience bringing commercial software to market and consulting to the US Government. He applies cutting-edge standards and innovative methodologies and tools to produce operational systems, specializing in Model Driven Architecture / Development approaches. Mr. Logan has extensive modeling experience spanning business, requirements, services, ontologies, information, information exchanges, and systems.

"These changes are an excellent example of our ongoing commitment to evolving as one of the IT Industry's thought leaders, as demonstrated by our Gartner positioning," said Gary Duncanson, No Magic's President and CEO and Object Management Group Board Member. "The executive level promotions and staff additions, as well as our newly created Senior Director of Software Engineering position will help us continue our great reputation for quality and innovation," said Mr. Duncanson. "Leadership changes such as these, demonstrate our confidence in each of these individuals and their strong track record of global leadership, performance and facilitating change at No Magic," he said. "I'm proud to work with the best management team in the industry. We're uniquely positioned to execute on our strategy and grow the company's award-winning solutions for the long-term," said Mr. Duncanson.

New Orleans, LA (May 18, 2015) - Today, No Magic Inc. and nMeta announced a Strategic Agreement, which will enable nMeta to introduce No Magic tooling and applications into major federal and commercial research, projects and applied technology efforts, thus expanding No Magic's already large footprint in these industries. The announcement was made by Gary Duncanson, President and CEO of No Magic Inc and Chris Galliano, President and CEO of nMeta.

nMeta's Co-founder, Kent Laursen, has been a longtime advocate and known expert for modeling in the federal sector. Mr. Laursen emphasizes that "No Magic's tooling suite provides federal programs with a modeling tool suite unlike anything else on the market. Our agreement with No Magic will enhance our ability to increase the success of this important technology across the DoD client base."

Duncanson said, "The agreement between No Magic and nMeta leverages our combined strengths. In addition, the new research and projects that nMeta addresses will greatly enhance our nation's defenses.We are delighted to be the best in class vendor to supply their teams and the research community with our model tooling and solutions. This represents another great opportunity to utilize our position within the industry to enter new markets and increase adoption within a growing modeling community. Mr. Laursen has a passion for helping craft solutions that will help our country's readiness and advance our research capabilities."

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