Thinking outside the b(l)ox: Re-using TIMBUS building blocks in unexpected areas


Sven Euteneuer (SQS)

Most of our readers know the focus of the TIMBUS project and its very ambitious goal to develop solutions for preserving business processes over long periods of time. Then again, readers who are aware of SQS AG know that our company specializes in the field of software quality assurance and testing - indeed we are the world leaders in independent software quality services. So, how does SQS fit into this project?


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SQS is definitely not in the business of storing or preserving huge information sets. And initially both customers and colleagues often asked: "What on earth are you doing in this project? Why do you invest effort and resources in a project far outside your core business?" To be honest, I had the same question at the start of the project.

If you look a bit closer, you can see, however, we are far from wasting money or effort! Many of the building blocks that make up the overall solution for business process preservation lie equally at the core of software quality assurance. Indeed, SQS has extracted a lot of benefit from the project, albeit not in an initially obvious manner.

SQS Blog Cylinder Graph

When looking at our service portfolio you will immediately be able to map specific parts of the TIMBUS oeuvre, such as Risk Management. For a clearer mapping, however, we need to dig one level deeper. Each service that SQS offers is based on a set of so-called base practices that define the methodology used to deliver this specific service.

On this level, the mapping becomes even clearer and it becomes apparent just how many base practices and, thus, services are being influenced by results developed by the TIMBUS team:

SQS Blog Table Graph

In this sense, even without offering outright preservation services on the market, SQS greatly benefits from its contribution to TIMBUS. So much so that many results are already being used to innovate, evolve and improve SQS's service portfolio.

How will you make use of the TIMBUS building blocks? Let us know!