ObjectWatch Earns Patent for Minimizing the Complexity of Large IT Systems
Chappell Hill, Texas - ObjectWatch Inc (ObjectWatch), a company specializing in IT and enterprise complexity management, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent 7,756,735 for a mathematically-based methodology for minimizing the complexity of large IT systems and enterprise architectures.
The methodology covered by this patent is known as SIP (Simple Iterative Partitions).
"IT complexity is a costly problem in both the United States and worldwide," said ObjectWatch founder and co-inventor Roger Sessions. "I estimate the direct and indirect cost of complexity-related IT failures to be trillions of dollars per year. The U.S. government alone loses tens of billions of dollars per year on failed IT projects, with indirect costs many times higher. SIP, by minimizing IT complexity, can dramatically reduce these numbers."
SIP is based on the mathematics of complexity, set theory, and equivalence relations. It works by analyzing a large, complex IT system and partitioning it into smaller, simpler systems. Partitioning a large system into smaller systems is not in itself new but up until now the partitioning process has been trial-and-error. What makes SIP unique and the reason it was awarded the patent is that it replaces the trial-and-error approach by a reproducible and mathematically verifiable approach that finds the best possible and least complex partition for a given system. Since the cost of implementing an architecture is directly related to the complexity of that architecture, there is a huge cost saving opportunity in using SIP.
"The importance of reducing complexity in both IT and business systems cannot be overemphasized," said Beverly Bammel, co-inventor and President of ObjectWatch. "Complexity decreases an organization's ability to respond to today's fast-changing business environment and can significantly deter an organization's ability to gain or maintain competitive advantage."
Sessions expressed great optimism about the future of SIP. "We are a small company and we have been working for several years on perfecting this methodology. This is the first patent ever issued for a mathematically based methodology for IT simplification. To have our efforts recognized by the U.S. Patent office is tremendously exciting. But most exciting of all is the opportunity to introduce a process that can reduce IT costs, slash IT failure rates, and drive the delivery of highly effective IT systems. We believe SIP will revolutionize the way large IT systems are architected."
ObjectWatch was founded in 1996. It is a privately held company. It's web site is www.objectwatch.com. Sessions has a number of patents assigned to IBM, but this is his first since starting ObjectWatch. This is Bammel's first patent.