ThoughtWorks Utilizes Software Architecture Management for Enterprise Agile Success

Global leader in Agile provides service using Headway Software's award winning Structure101 to help IT organizations assess and improve the value of their software assets

Feb 08, 2011, 12:58 ET from ThoughtWorks, Inc.

CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ThoughtWorks, Inc., a global IT consultancy, today announced a new partnership with Headway Software, the creators of the award-winning software architecture management product, Structure101.  Among other uses, ThoughtWorks utilizes Structure101 in its Technology Healthcheck service offering that helps IT organizations assess the status of their existing software systems. This hands-on, on-site service uses a variety of open source and commercial tools to ascertain the quality characteristics of the code base. Quality metrics allow organizations to make informed decisions about their software.

"IT organizations strive to be ever more adaptive to customers' needs. Well-architected software is a key enabler in this regard," explained Neal Ford and Erik Doernenburg, senior architects with ThoughtWorks. "We chose Structure101 as part of our Technology Healthcheck service so we can deliver a high value service that improves the asset value of our client's software investments. Our Technology Healthcheck service delivers a series of recommendations that support our clients in migrating towards an improved, cost-effective solution."

Headway Software CEO, Chris Chedgey said, "The quality of software architecture has a major impact on the cost of software development projects. Keep your architecture clean and tangle free and you can deliver more features in less time and at lower cost. We are delighted to have ThoughtWorks, a leading and highly influential global IT consultancy, roll out a service dedicated to analyzing and improving software architecture using Structure 101."

ThoughtWorks' Technology Healthcheck offers a way to map even the most complicated systems landscape; its results are concise and have a practical focus – ready to inform tactical decision-making or long-range budgeting and planning. With the cumulative impact of growth, mergers, downturns and market changes, the typical IT base consists of a disparate mix of legacy systems and newer technologies of varying (and often hidden) complexity. Using the most advanced techniques, we go in-depth to measure and report on systems in several dimensions relevant to technical staff and executives.

The Technology Healthcheck creates a roadmap for IT priorities grounded in metrics and presented in a way that speaks plainly to all involved. It is particularly helpful when you are trying to answer specific questions – where investments will be most effective, where and why current platforms are most at risk of breakdown, how to "de-dupe" systems after a merger – or if you need a frank assessment of your portfolio strengths and weaknesses for planning.

About ThoughtWorks

ThoughtWorks, Inc. is a global IT consultancy providing Agile-based systems development, consulting, and transformation services to Global 1000 companies. It has pioneered many of the most advanced and successful Agile methods of software development and best practices used in the industry today. At its core, ThoughtWorks helps its clients maximize investment and performance across a portfolio of complex, business-critical applications, while reducing time and risk. Its products division, ThoughtWorks Studios, offers tools to manage the entire Agile development lifecycle through its Agile ALM solution, comprised of Mingle®, Go® and Twist®. ThoughtWorks employs 1,500 professionals to serve clients from offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, the United Kingdom and the United States. For more information, please visit

About Headway Software

Headway Software is the company that makes software architecture easy, and the first independent software vendor to focus purely on software structure and architectural control; fundamental tenets of building maintainable and extensible software. The company's Structure101 products use advanced reverse engineering, structural analysis and architectural mapping techniques for Java, .Net, C/C++, and more. Based in Ireland and France, Headway Software is independently owned and operated. Customers include Blackrock, Cantor Fitzgerald, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Euro Bank, Hypoport, UBS, US Bank, Wells Fargo, Zurich, BAE Systems, DCN Naval Systems, European Space Agency, European Commission, NASA, Ebay, Intuit, Netflix, Orbitz, Parametric Technology, SAP, Value Click, VMware, Yahoo, EMC, SonyEricsson, SpringSource, Cochlear, Life Technologies, Phonak, EnBW, and The Financial Times.

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