The JMA Story

Back in 1988 I worked for James Martin Associates who had an office in Nottingham.

JMA was a consultancy company that taught James Martin's Information Engineering methodology educating IT departments how to understand their company's requirements and to efficiently prioritise needs and to design and construct effective computer systems to meet those needs. Texas Instruments Software produced an iCASE tool (Integrated Computer Aided Software Engineering) which started off being called IEF (Information Engineering Facility) and evolved through many different names, such as Composer, end up as COOL:Gen. JMA was interested in the IEF and began promoting it alongside the IE methodology. This was a very successful course of action that eventually resulted in the company being acquired by Texas Instruments Software at which time the Nottingham office was closed an business focussed in Ashford Middlesex and in Sunbury.

In 1998 Texas Instruments Software was acquired by Sterling Software and that was when some of us decided to move on. Eventually Sterling Software sold the COOL:Gen side of their business to Computer Associates. Since then many of the original JMA staff remaining at Computer Associates have either retired, suffered redundancy or simply moved on, and some still remain at CA.