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iRise Awarded Second Patent on Visualization Software

Thursday, April 10, 2008

El Segundo, CA -- iRise®, the world’s leading visualization solutions company, today announced it has been awarded a second U.S. patent by the U.S. Patent Trademark Office (PTO), no. US 7,349,837 B2. The iRise patent covers the "systems and methods for a programming environment for a simulation of a computer application." This patent primarily concerns editing and association of text-based requirements in context with visual simulations in iRise Studio, which is the authoring tool used to create interactive, high fidelity visualizations of business applications. The patent was awarded on March 25th, 2008.

Specifically, the patent covers these areas:

  • Showing a graphical programming area for a simulation;
  • Showing text requirements at the same time;
  • Allowing the user to associate text requirements with elements of the simulation; and,
  • Storing such association for future reference.

In summary, the patented functions give simulation authors the ability to tightly couple visual simulations with written business requirements to ensure they are in sync.

iRise simulations are fully functional mock-ups of proposed business applications that act as a visualization tool for business people that need a better way to communicate their needs around new initiatives. Linking text requirements to the visualized business needs has proven to be an effective communication method for downstream development organizations that need more detail on what to build. Prior to iRise, the standard was to create static diagrams or wire frames and manually refer to text requirements that live in outside documents. With iRise, users can embed text requirements directly into the simulation area with an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop approach.

"We’re very proud of this second patent which broadens the protection of our invention," said Maurice Martin, president, founder and chief operating officer. "Our forward-thinking designers and engineers continue to set the standard for intuitive software which business units leverage to visualize applications before they’re built."

Last year, iRise announced its first patent which covers the use of a graphical, drag-and-drop interface to allow non-technical users to define functionally rich simulations – without resorting to software code to generate them. The iRise patent portfolio is expected to grow even further with three additional patent applications currently under review by the U.S. PTO. The full text and images of the U.S. patent no. US 7,349,837 B2 are available at by doing a patent number search under issued patents. For an illustration of the invention covered by the patent, go to:

About iRise

iRise software is used by business analysts and usability professionals to create high impact visualizations of custom and packaged applications early in the definition process. Over 180 companies like Wachovia, CompuCredit, UPS and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center use iRise visualizations to speed up application definition and virtually eliminate confusion between business and IT. iRise visualizations accelerate application delivery with dramatically less cost and risk, especially when global sourcing is a strategy. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., iRise is backed by Morgan Stanley Venture Partners and Deutsche Bank and has sales offices across North America.

iRise is a registered trademark of iRise. All other companies and products mentioned are trademarks and property of their respective owners.

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