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BigLever Software's Deployment at Salion Puts Company in Software Product Line Hall of Fame

Salion Joins the Likes of GM, Ericsson and Phillips in Receiving the Award

Austin, TX (December 10, 2004) – BigLever Software, a leading provider of Software Product Line Engineering solutions to the software development community, announced today that one of its customers was inducted into the Software Product Line Hall of Fame.

Salion, an enterprise software company that deployed BigLever's solution several years ago, received the honor at the Third Software Product Line Conference (SPLC 2004), an event hosted by Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute (SEI). Salion's deployment of BigLever's technology involved revenue acquisition management systems.

The other 2004 recipients were General Motors for its power train product line, Ericsson's AXE family of telecommunication switches, and Phillips' product line of software for high-end television sets.

"To have our solution recognized, along with in-house solutions at GM, Ericsson and Phillips, highlights the value we offer to companies that need to more efficiently create, evolve and maintain software for a product line of similar products," said Charles Krueger, PhD, the CEO and founder of BigLever.

In 2001, Salion was a startup preparing for its initial product launch. Even before completing its first product or getting its first customer, Salion knew it would have to solve the software product line problem – how to efficiently engineer a collection of nearly identical variations of their core product. The core product in this case was an enterprise software system to help optimize front-end processes for companies whose revenue stream starts by receiving and bidding on requests for quotes (RFQs).

Most of the product line methodologies being discussed at the time were proactive, requiring experience in a stable and well defined application domain. However, Salion expected some turbulence in their domain since they were inventing a new product in a new market and would be integrating the product into a wide variety of unknown customer settings.

At about the same time, BigLever Software was promoting the agile notion of reactive software product line engineering as well as lightweight and incremental adoption strategies using commercial off-the-shelf product line engineering and variation management technology. Salion decided to adopt this approach and in hindsight, this decision was a central part of their success in bringing their product line to market.

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