Valentine’s Discount 2020

Valentine’s Discount

Love Engineering,  Love Requirements Management, Love Cradle!

3SL Heart based on Photo by SHAHBAZ AKRAM from Pexels
Love Cradle

Cradle is THE tool for massively scalable Requirements Engineering, combined  with Model Based Systems Engineering capabilities (MBSE).  From your first requirements, through design to delivery and beyond!

Cradle Enterprise allows you to share the love of engineering with collaboration from the whole team. Licence components are tailored to your team needs.

If you work independently you can still share in the love of good Requirements Management discipline with a number of pre packaged Single User versions.

You can own and install it yourself or opt for SaaS hosting. From the initial inception of your project through the elicitation, analysis, design, testing and documentation phases of your project, Cradle is there to support you. With this great offer we’re giving you even better value, or  allowing you to share the love with a charity – see ‘Enterprise licences’.

Go on, share the love, share this page’s URL and let other people know using the hash-tags #ValentinesDay2020 and  #LoveEngineering  #Cradle

Single User Product Discount

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Five Pound Notes

Use the special Valentine’s discount voucher code to get £50** off any single user product. If you’re not already on the latest version of Cradle, we’d love you to upgrade using this year’s Valentine offer.

All you need to do is enter the £50** discount voucher code in the “Discount Code” field at the bottom of the shop checkout page during the Valentine’s week deal.

Enterprise Licences

We will offer £50** off EACH licence purchased during the offer period. For SaaS the discount will be taken off the per-user fee***. This may be taken as a lovely discount from your invoice or you can show some love and nominate a registered charity of your choice and 3SL will make an equivalent donation. If you find your project is expanding and you add a single REQ licence for another engineer you can claim one £50** Valentine’s discount / donation. If you are buying a new set of licences for a project say 5-REQ, 2-SYS and 1-MET that’s a total of 8*£50 = £400 off the licence cost, or a lovely donation to a charity of your choice.

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February 2020 Newsletter

Woob-woob-woob, Aaaharrha! – Aaaharrha!, Ding-Ding, waaaaAAAHAAaaaa

Siren horn based on Photo by Franck V. on Unsplash
Siren

Trying to find an onomatopoeic word for a siren, is a bit tricky (as you will see from our efforts above!). WarningWarning! you have an extra day in February this year. Just in case you’d not realised the divisible by 4 but not 100, unless 400, means 2020 will have 29 days this February.  Now that you have been Alerted to that fact, we can use this as the most convoluted (so far this year) seg-way to  remind you about Cradle’s Alert feature.

Unread alert dialog Photo
Alerts Dialog

There are no bells, whistles or sirens, and the most likely way you’ll know you have one is a reminder when you log into WorkBench. The tool bar across the top will show the number of new alerts you have. Alerts can be raised for all manner of things, from the Project Schema changing, to a new item being created or items being linked to items you own. You can see, read, clear them from the Alerts dialog. You can even send new ones directly to other users, “Gwendolyn – have you finished that review yet please?”. You can have Cradle create email alerts,  sent directly to a user’s in-box.  In summary, they are a useful tool to keep you up to speed with what’s going on in Cradle. More in depth information can be found in this post, or in the help. There are also a setting to control their accumulation.

Love is in the Air

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Love Cradle

Need more Cradle licences for a bigger project? Not upgraded your single user product to Cradle 7.5?  We want to share the love of Engineering, Requirements Management and our favourite topic Cradle. Take a look at this special Valentine’s 2020 discount offer.

Social Media

Twitter

Alstom tweet Jan 2020
H2 – Future Fuel Tweet

We noted that the most basic element is starting to attract a lot of interest, with @Alstom‘s tweet.

We mourned the loss of #Windows7, and wondered whether users would turn to  Windows 10 or Linux

And Finally

February the 27th marks World NGO Day a chance to remember that not everything is run by governments, or businesses, that charities, organisations and collaborative groups are equally important in a harmonious world. So have a think how you can support an NGO of your choice, let others know too #WorldNGODay. To those that are keeping the wheels of society silently ticking – we salute you.

January 2020 Newsletter

A New Dawn, a New Decade, a New Year, a New Animal

Red Rat Silhouette
Year of the Rat

We all like to celebrate something new, and 3SL hope you do too. Whether it was the change in decade, the Norse/Gaelic Hogmanay, or the new moon bringing in the year of the Rat. We wish you a great start.

This year will also see a new chapter in UK’s history. At the end of the month we are leaving the European Union. Rest assured 3SL will still be here in Barrow, providing new releases, support, training and services. However, as new regulations come into effect we may need to change some contractual details. We will work hard to ensure these have as little impact as possible on your continued use of Cradle. We will keep you posted through these newsletters and direct mailings. So it’s a good time to ensure all staff that may need to know are signed up to receive communications. If you need to change your main company contact, write to salesdetails@threesl.com .

Security

Cyber Essentials Badge
Cyber Essentials Badge

3SL successfully completed Cyber Essentials and IASME/GDPR Assessment for 2020.

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats.

Cradle Update

We’re busy completing and testing the latest batch of features for Cradle 7.6. Release date coming soon.

Social Media

Twitter

We were concerned and saddened by the devastation caused by the fires in Australia #AustraliaFires our thoughts are with all those affected.

Harting UK tweet about connectors
Harting UK Tweet

We noted that @HartingUK had investigated a problem with automated testing. The item itself may only need to be connected and disconnected a few times, but what about the equipment running the test….

We pondered on the options now #Windows7 has ‘died’.

And Finally

A Persian new year gift of an egg, symbolises productivity, and creation, but you’ll have to wait until March to celebrate.

Cyber Essentials and IASME/GDPR Assessment 2020

Cyber Essentials Assessment

Structured Software Systems Limited (3SL)  are happy to say that we have been successful in our re-assessment under the Cyber Essentials

scheme for another year.

Cyber Essentials Badge
Cyber Essentials Badge

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats.

IASME Assessment

Assessment for the IASME standard including GDPR were also successfully renewed.

IASME and GDPR Logo
IASME and GDPR Logo

The IASME Governance standard, based on international best practice, is risk-based and includes aspects such as physical security, staff awareness, and data backup. It is recognised as the best cyber security standard for small companies by the UK Government when in consultation with trade associations and industry groups.

Best Practice

We believe this sort of assessment will give our customers confidence when dealing with 3SL.  It is a good reality check, and we would encourage our customers use similar precautions for their businesses. Whilst these assessments can provide confidence in your data security, the unexpected may happen. Whether this is a malicious attack, or simply  a power loss and failure of your UPS resulting in disk corruption. Alongside good data security, we would also recommend you always have a good backup plan for your Cradle data.

Further Reading

The Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials Logo
Cyber Essentials

Season’s Greetings 2019

Season’s Greetings from 3SL

节日祝福, С Новым годом и Рождеством, Saudações da temporada, Prettige Feestdagen, Frohe Festtage, Cyfarchion y Tymor, 계절의 인사, Joyeuses Fêtes.

3SL Christmas star - Based on Photo by Nick Collins from Pexels
3SL Star

Whatever your beliefs and however you celebrate the end of 2019, 3SL would like to wish all its customers, potential customers, distributors, partners and staff, Season’s Greetings, a Happy Christmas and peaceful family times over the festive season. We’ll see you again in the new year.

The UK offices will be closed, from end of business on Tuesday 24th December to 2nd January 2020. During that time there will be no one manning the phones. However, you can send support enquiries to support@threesl.com and we’ll deal with them as soon as we can.

December 2019 Newsletter

‘Tis The Season To Be…..

Spending Lolly?

 Photo by Burak K from Pexels
Christmas Tree

It sometimes feels, that at this time of the year, we’re just “pushing trolley” piling it high with presents and food. Swept along with the commercialism of the season, “Buy Now“, “Massive Discount” adverts. And all while listening to endless repeats of “Now That’s What I Call Christmas” played over the tinny PA system. (Congratulations if you took advantage of Cradle #BlackFriday deal! To remain on point, “Only a few days left to buy a copy of Cradle for ChristmasLook into my eyes; You want to buy now).

Whilst indulging in the festivities, don’t forget to pause a while and consider those less fortunate. Making an extra effort to put change in a collector’s tin, donating to your local food-bank, or shelter can make a great difference.

Sorry?

Yep, you didn’t finish that report before leaving for the holiday. Over the holiday you ate too much. You didn’t take advantage of that gym membership you bought last New Year? Well, you can make promises to start the  New Year afresh and do all those things you intended to do in 2019. (You can see this is working up to another sales point) So if extra copies of Cradle are not on your Christmas list, make sure it’s lined up for new projects starting in 2020.

Build a Folly? or Buying a Collie?

 Photo by Aloïs Moubax from Pexels
Woof

If you like, as long as it is at home and not one of the projects at work – Customers will always see through a façade eventually.

Remember a dog is not just for Christmas.

Jolly?

Above all, we hope if you get a break, you find time to relax with family and friends. Whatever this Winter (Summer – to our friends South of the equator) season means to you, we wish you all the best from 3SL.

WSI

Cradle WSI resources
WSI Resources

The Cradle Web Services Interface is an API (Application Programming Interface) to Cradle to allow you to develop your own interactions with the database.
Cradle has long offered a C and .Net interface to allow programs to retrieve and store database items. Whilst the standard API is a comprehensive interface, it requires a fair degree of programming knowledge and support structure to create and maintain applications which interface to Cradle.
The new Cradle WSI is a REST-based HTTP interface, this  offers an alternative method by which users can make data requests using a URI to the Cradle Web Service. Through support of standard HTTP methods POST, GET, PUT & DELETE, data can be retrieved and manipulated. The JSON data returned can be manipulated by any script or programming language you choose. Updated data can then be returned to Cradle.  You may want to interface with another product, linking Cradle data, or simply to output  and use in a different data visualisation tool. To see the full range of capabilities see the product documentation for the Web Services Interface User Guide. In order to use these facilities, talk to us about a Cradle API licence.

Look Back……

Wow 2019 has flown by, in writing our December 2019 Newsletter, we take a peek back at what happened:

  • Cradle 7.5 released
  • WSI  – Web Services Interface http REST interface
  • ReqIF – A standard for requirement interchange can now be imported and exported from Cradle
  • ODBC database support – if you want to store your data in an Oracle or MySQL data-farm
  • Baseline histories can be read through our API
  • Non-model items (requirements and system notes) on Cradle diagrams.
  • We passed muster with ISO9001:2015
  • G-Cloud 11

Social Media

Twitter

piece of one of the UK's newest submarines
BAE Engineering

We wondered quite what was inside the 150 tonne engineering component moving along Barrow’s streets, was it a bit of submarine or some strange alien recovered from a crash landing in Barrow docks?

Just in case it had escaped your notice, we had a general election, but we opted to ask people to vote for supporting Cradle

And Finally

That’s all for the December 2019 Newsletter , and indeed this year. If you would like to suggest a topic for next time, drop us a line social-customer@threesl.com.

November 2019 Newsletter

November Luck, Eddystone and Adaptations

The type of luck for Guy Fawkes and the discovery of the plot may depend on your political and religious views. November also appeared to have good and bad luck for a lighthouse. Read our November 2019 newsletter to find out more.

Sir John Barrow Monument - Hoad Ulverston Cumbria
Sir John Barrow monument – based on Eddystone lighthouse

The problem with undersea rocks, is they are difficult to see. If they are too near the surface they can easily catch wayfarers off guard with disastrous consequences. Painter and engineer Sir Henry Winstanley solved the problem of ships being wrecked off the Plymouth coast with the construction of the first Eddystone lighthouse. The wooden structure was first lit in November 1698, good luck for all the sailors. However, again in November bad luck struck,  the lighthouse was washed away in the Great Storm of 1703. The next incarnation came from John Rudyard, a silk merchant;  an adaptation of the initial idea,  a flashing light built out at sea right on top of the treacherous rocks. This time a brick core, covered with planks and caulking almost like a vertical ship. The lighthouse survived all its Novembers, only to burn down in December 1755. The next adaptation was by a civil engineer, John Smeaton. This design revolutionised lighthouse building. It was ready and shining just before November 1756. This concrete based construction lasted until 1877, and it was the erosion of the rocks upon which it stood, rather than the construction which failed. So great was this engineering design, it was reconstructed on Plymouth Hoe as a memorial, a copy was even built here in Cumbria, standing as a memorial to naval administrator Sir John Barrow. The current adaptation has stood for 140 years and fingers crossed it has no bad luck in the November weather currently battering the UK. The moral of the story, as far as engineering goes, build upon what is good, adapt and improve your design and don’t reinvent the wheel (or lighthouse). To read more on adaptations and reuse download our whitepaper, or see the Cradle help.

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Deals

five pound notes
Five Pound Notes

We’ve got some great discounts for you or a donation to a charity of your choice with our 2019 discounts. https://www.threesl.com/blog/black-friday-cyber-monday-2019

Social Media

Twitter

B1M show us about the engineering spans in New Yourk
B1M tweet Nov 14th

Another item’s design that often evolves and adapts, is that of the bridge. We looked at a story from B1M about bridges in New York. We reminded you  there are different ways to control your password in Cradle, and hosted a student from Furness College on work experience.

And Finally

Remembrance
Remembrance

We’d like to mark our respects for the fallen, and hope you all had a peaceful remembrance day on the 11th. That’s all for our November 2019 Newsletter, let’s hope you have plenty of good luck. If you would like to suggest a topic for next time, drop us a line social-customer@threesl.com.

Barrow Holiday Inn Express Barrow – Nearing Completion

Tour

3SL were given a sneak preview of the new Holiday Inn Express Barrow hotel opposite our offices today.

We were given a warm welcome at #HIEX_Barrow, while final preparations and tidy ups continue.  The facility has a great set of meeting rooms along with plush accommodation, food and bar facilities. All hosted in a friendly informal atmosphere.

Training

What better time to consider whether you would benefit from some Cradle training, and a few days away near the English Lake District! Whether you are a requirements manager, a quality controller, a systems administrator or system design engineer, call us now to discuss your requirements.

Holiday Inn Express Barrow Construction
Holiday Inn Express, Barrow-in-Furness

Bookings

The Holiday Inn can be booked directly. Please contact 3SL for details of rates.

Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2019

Flash Discount Sale

Great Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2019 deals this November / December. MIMO[1]!

Roll-up! Roll-up! Get Your  #BlackFriday / #CyberMonday Discounts

Buy your Cradle software and get a #BlackFriday / #CyberMonday discount
Cradle Discounts

Cradle combines a hugely powerful Requirements Management tool for massively scalable requirements engineering, with Model Based Systems Engineering capabilities (MBSE). It is available in a number of single user versions, or as tailored multi user enterprise packages. You can own and install it yourself or opt for SaaS hosting. From the initial inception of your project through the elicitation, analysis, design, testing and documentation phases of your project, Cradle is there to support you. With this great offer we’re giving you even better value, or offering to support a charity – see ‘Enterprise licences’.

Single User Product Discount

Use the special discount voucher code to get £50** off any single user product. If you’re not already on the latest version of Cradle, this year’s Black Friday is an ideal opportunity to upgrade.

All you need to do is enter the  £50** discount voucher code in the “Discount Code” field at the bottom of the shop checkout page during the Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2019 flash deal.

Enterprise Licences

We will offer £50** off EACH licence purchased during the offer period. For SaaS the discount will be taken off the per-user fee***. This may be taken as a discount from your invoice or you can nominate a registered charity of your choice and 3SL will make an equivalent donation. If you find your project is expanding and you add a single REQ licence for another engineer you can claim one £50** discount / donation. If you are buying a new set of licences for a project say 5-REQ, 2-SYS and 1-MET that’s a total of 8*£50 = £400 off the licence cost, or a lovely donation to a charity of your choice.

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