ARTiSAN Sees Increase Demand for Real-Time Systems Tools in Italy

4/2/2003 - ARTiSAN Software Tools, a global leader for UML-based, real-time systems and software modeling tools, announced the opening of an Italian sales and support office in order to meet the increased demand of the local market for real-time software and system development.

Based in Milan, ARTiSAN Software Tools Srl provides sales and technical support for Real-time Studio Professional, ARTiSAN's core product. The company also offers a wide range of high tech services, from specialized training to customized solution development for telecom, aerospace, automotive and industrial applications.

To manage the Italian operations, ARTiSAN has appointed Carmelo Tommasi, an industry veteran with over 25 year of management experience in multinational companies such as Mentor Graphics, Harris, Viewlogic, and Telelogic. The rest of the team is comprised of sales and technical professionals with international experience in high tech areas.

"Of the many factors motivating the decision to open an Italian office, two of them are of utmost importance," noted Tommasi. "On one hand, UML is increasingly more established as an industrial standard, and ARTiSAN's product is undoubtedly the most comprehensive UML-based tool on the market in terms of features, flexibility and return on investment. On the other hand, some strategic actions we had developed during 2002 allow us to accurately measure the tremendous opportunities offered by the local market."

Despite its recent startup, ARTiSAN Software Tools Srl has already won important customers in Aerospace and Telecom markets. "Our current efforts are basically focused on Aerospace, which accounts for a significant percentage of ARTiSAN sales due to the mission-critical nature of that segment, and on Telecom, which traditionally has been very strong in Italy," added Tommasi. "Given the nature of the Italian industrial market, small and medium size companies represent a very fertile field to us as well."

Jeremy Goulding, President and CEO of ARTiSAN, commented, "Italy has long been a difficult territory for outside tool vendors, primarily due to the geographic dispersion of prospects and the importance of long-term relationships in accounts. Yet despite this and a less-than-stellar economy, we are very impressed with the strong growth of many of our Italian prospects and customers, and know that Tommasi's crew will be able to provide excellent coverage of the territory."

About ARTiSAN Software Tools
ARTiSAN Software Tools provides electronic product development teams with the "fastest path to the right product." The company offers products, services and a process for systems and software modeling to accelerate the development of next-generation real-time systems while ensuring that they meet requirements. ARTiSAN enables engineering teams to visualize, design and validate systems before building them, and simplifies implementation with code generation and software reuse. ARTiSAN is a practical partner offering easy-to-adopt, down-to-earth solutions.

ARTiSAN Software Tools, Inc., founded in March 1997, is privately held with headquarters in Cheltenham, United Kingdom. The company has regional sales offices and distributors throughout the world. For more information, call +44 (0)1242 229300 internationally, or 1(888)511-7975 from the US; or visit for the English site, or for the Italian one.

ARTiSAN and Real-time Studio are trademarks or registered trademarks of Artisan Software Tools Ltd.

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