Who We Are
Software Engineering Thought Leaders for the 21st century
Semantic Designs is the global leader for tools and services
to enhance the development and modernization of complex software systems.
We do this using a unique perspective and technology for how software
can be analyzed and processed, developed over 50 years of building software,
and applied over the last 30 years.
What We Do
Bring Automation to Difficult Software Engineering Tasks
Most software is constructed and modified manually.
Manual changes are made only at small scale, and achieve a slow rate of change.
We provide a unique engine, the DMS Software Reengineering Toolkit®,
which is configured to handle repeated tasks, on a mixture
of computer languages, and let DMS implement these tasks reliably across
large code bases, economically and far faster than manual methods.
Why It Is Important
Enable Organizations to Better Utilize their Software
Many large software systems crucial to organization's operations
were built slowly over long periods, losing knowledge of the structure
along the way. Being able to analyze software at scale
allows organizatinos to better understand the existing software,
making planning easier and making manual changes more reliably and quickly.
Being able to make massive changes, allows organizations to both
modernize and optimize it, reducing cycle time for enhancement
and enabling better intergration with other parts of the organization.
World-Class Tools to Understand and Enhance Large, Complex Systems
Since 1995, Semantic Designs, Inc., a privately- held corporation headquartered in
has provided world-class analysis, enhancement and transformation of large and complex software systems
to Enterprises, Integrators and Government organizations. Solutions also include Tools, Bundles and Suites,
Services for Enterprises and ISVs, and System Integrator partnering for dozens of languages, databases and schema.
All of SD's activities are enabled by highly automated tools based on SD's core technology,
the DMS® Software Reengineering Toolkit,
an extremely generalized software analysis and mass code change engine.
SD's Commercially available products increase quality and productivity through formatting, test coverage,
execution profiling, metrics, and source browsing. Obfuscation solutions for over 20 languages increase the
security of intellectual property by scrambling source files while allowing applications to run normally.
Services enable code remediation and enhancements for Enterprise-class businesses and cost-effective system
development for ISVs. Partnering with select System Integrators helps deliver exceptional results for
large and/or legacy systems.
Typical deployment environments are: Organizations with complex, in-house software systems,
Web Site operations, Electronic Design Automation, Applications Security/Testing/QA and Legacy Migrations.
Customers include Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, U.S. Navy, US Social Security Administration, ANZ Bank, IBM/Tivoli, Nomura Securities, Dow Chemical, ARM, Synplicity,
and others. Partners
include HP, Oracle and Microsoft.
Become part of the SD Community and see why "The Truth is in the Details."
The Engine that Can: DMS® Difference
Semantic Designs offers the industry's most comprehensive and flexible code transformation technology with DMS® . DMS's configurable analysis and transformation rules enables us to not only convert legacy software using older legacy technologies to modern targets, but also realize major code refactoring tasks to improve the quality and maintainability of the results.
DMS is unique in that a single tool platform supports over 40 programming langauges across mainframe, embedded and distributed platforms. SD remains committed to providing automated solutions that advance the state of the art for improving application system structure, security and quality, while lowering maintenance costs through modernization.
Semantic Designs has successfully delivered solutions for more than 20 years without a single project failure!
Semantic Designs' History
In October 1995, founders Dr. Ira Baxter and
Dr. Christopher Pidgeon established Semantic Designs
as a privately held Texas corporation after winning a grant of $1.9 M from the Advanced Technology Program
of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to conduct research on the
Design Maintenance System (DMS) vision. Funded research completed in 1999, and DMS has become a proven
foundation to automate the deep analysis, enhancement and transformation of numerous large and complex
Semantic Designs has also leveraged the scope of DMS to rapidly build derivative commercial and custom tools
as well as services and deploying them worldwide. The company remains committed to providing automated
solutions for large-scale, complex software systems and advancing the state of the art for improving
application system security and quality, while lowering maintenance costs.
Recently, InfoTech Research Group did
an independent vendor assessment:
Vendor Landscape Report for Legacy Modernization services
(published with permission).
We are naturally pleased to be top-ranked in terms of Overall Product, Usability, Viability, and Reach (slide 7), as well as Features (slide 20).
Semantic Designs' People
Ira D. Baxter, Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Ira Baxter co-founded of Semantic Designs as
Chief Technical Officer. He took the role of CEO in 2003 after the loss of his co-founder,
Dr. Christopher Pidgeon. Ira has over 35 years of hardware and software development, management and
consulting experience, including Schlumberger, Microelectronics Computing Consortium (MCC) Rockwell
Automation and Software Dynamics. He holds two patents and has chaired sections for several Software
Engineering and Development Conferences. Ira received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of
California at Irvine in 1990.
Dr. Michael Mehlich, Principal Engineer
Dr. Michael Mehlich joined Semantic Designs in 1996.
As Principal Engineer, he has significantly contributed to creating and enhancing the company's core
technology, the Design Maintenance System, or DMS. Michael is accomplished in numerous commercial applications
for DMS and is responsible for system robustness as well as numerous function and language additions
Author of numerous Software Engineering papers, Dr. Mehlich received his Dr. Rer. Nat. in Computer Science
in 1995 from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
Semantic Designs, Inc.
13171 Pond Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78729-7102
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