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Ivar Jacobson

Dr. Ivar Jacobson,Vice President of Business Engineering, is the inventor of the OOSE method, and he is also the founder of Objectory AB in Sweden, which recently merged with Rational Software Corporation. Dr. Jacobson is the principal author of two influential and best-selling books: Object-Oriented Software Engineering—A Use Case Driven Approach (Computer Language Productivity award winner in 1992) and The Object Advantage—Business Process Reengineering with Object Technology. He has also authored several widely referenced papers on object technology. One of the most famous papers is his first OOPSLA '87 paper entitled "Object-Oriented Development in an Industrial Environment," which presented the first truly object-oriented method ever published. Ivar Jacobson's use-case driven approach has had a very strong impact on the entire OOAD industry, and he himself has become one of its "icons." Consequently, he is a frequently invited keynote speaker and panelist, debating OOAD topics with colleagues and methodologists such as Grady Booch, Jim Rumbaugh, Steven Mellor, and Rebecca Wirfs-Brock at major OO conferences around the world.

He is well known for his pioneering work and more than 20 years of experience in using object methods for the design of large real-time systems. His early object-based design technique has evolved into the international standard ITU (formerly CCITT)/SDL.

Dr. Jacobson also regularly serves on the OOPSLA, ECOOP, and TOOLS program committees, and he is a member of the advisory board of the Journal of Object-Oriented Programming.

In 1994, Ivar Jacobson received the first Swedish Computer Association (SCA) award (the Kjell Hultman prize) for "extraordinary achievement in promoting efficiency and productivity in the development and use of information technology."


Ivar Jacobson