29 posts categorized "Embedded Project Starts"


Majority of engineers unlikely to switch embedded operating system vendors

Despite the fragmentation of operating system selection, engineers responding to VDC’s 2011 Embedded Engineering Survey exhibited a propensity to reselect the operating system supplier/brand chosen for their current project for their next, similar project. For operating system suppliers this loyalty is indicative of the likelihood of securing future business once an initial relationship is established with a customer. When satisfied with an embedded operating system, engineers are less likely to go through the process of evaluating a different platform for a new project, as the potential advantages of a new platform are often overridden by the complications associated with switching vendors (porting legacy code, training, etc.).

This loyalty is not blind; however, as more than 20% of those surveyed did switch operating system suppliers from their previous, similar project. There are many factors that can impact the continued use of an operating system, including price, performance, functionality, and support. Engineers unhappy with some or all of these aspects represent the opportunity for vendors in this space to capitalize on the dissatisfaction with their competitors.

V1 Blog


VDC Launches 2011 Embedded Engineering Survey

Develop Software or Systems? Earn Guaranteed $10 or have $10 donated to FIRST; Chance to Win an iPad 2!

VDC, an independent technology research firm, is conducting research for its annual evaluation of the embedded systems market. The research covers technologies and practices related to embedded engineering, and will help to inform VDC's ongoing study of engineering project teams and systems.

In appreciation of your participation -

The first 400 respondents who complete the survey will receive:

-       Choice of a $10 gift certificate or elect to make a $10 donation to FIRST (a charitable organization helping to promote the sciences to the next generation of engineers and developers).

All respondents (including the first 400) who complete the survey will receive:

-       Entry into the grand prize drawing for an Apple iPad 2;

-       Immediate access to a summary of VDC's 2010 Embedded Engineering survey results at the end of the survey; and

-       A summary of the 2011 Embedded Engineering survey findings once the survey is complete later this year.

To begin the survey, go to: http://bit.ly/hb5Lfn

Thank you very much for your assistance.

Best Regards,

The VDC Embedded Software and Tools Research Team


Embedded Engineers Experience with Multicore and/or Multiprocessing Designs

Suppliers, both software and hardware, continue to announce new products and services to support, in particular, multicore device/system development. As a matter of fact it is a keyword similar to Android, virtualization, hypervisors, security, etc. that are a must in any marketing campaign to improve SEO and grab attention. But how ready are embedded engineers to actually use multicore/multiprocessing in their development?

According to VDC’s 2010 Embedded Engineering Survey slightly less than half cited they have no experience with multicore/multiprocessing designs. No big surprise considering 62% of current projects being developed at the time of the survey cited single processor architectures. Also no big surprise that engineers developing mobile phones, consumer electronics, and telecom/datacom devices/systems cited the highest levels of current experience.

However, flash forward two years and the same engineers expect that almost 62% of projects under development at that time will require multicore and/or multiprocessing architectures. Quite a shift expected in a short period of time!

For suppliers, this migration will present challenges to many embedded engineers that will translate to commercial opportunities to support customers with system engineering services, training, etc.  Are you ready?

Multicore Experience 


What is the primary role of a software engineer?

Every year VDC conducts an extensive worldwide survey of embedded engineers and their development projects to better understand engineering requirements, preferences, and trends. This information is available from VDC in unique cross tabbed reports to offer readers a detailed, in-depth, view of engineers in the development project trenches.

So what is the primary role of a software engineer? The fact is that engineers today who consider themselves to be software engineers are responsible for working a number various tasks within the development project that would not be associated with software engineering. This speaks to the multi-discipline approach to project development where team members are no longer stovepipe in one aspect of development or another but need to be well versed and prepared to work on multiple tasks.

Tasks Involved in on the Current Project for Software Engineers

(Percent of Respondents)


As you might imagine, this situation is similiar for all types of engineers ( project managers, system architect/engineers, hardware and test engineers, etc.) working a development project – all are expected to be responsible to work different tasks within the development project 

How does your experience as a software engineer working development projects stack up? Let us know through your feedback.

Our recently published report, Embedded System Engineer, from Track 2 of VDC's 2010 Embedded Software Market Intelligence Service provides additional statistical insight and analysis around this and other trends affecting embedded system development.  Click here for additional information and access to a free executive brief highlighting other key findings from our research.

This is the blog post based on data collected from VDC’s 2010 Embedded Engineer Survey. We will continue to share survey highlights with our readers’ over the next few weeks so stay tuned!


Vertical Market Embedded Systems Market Statistics

VDC is preparing to launch research for a series of reports providing insight into the dynamics of different embedded vertical markets.  Reports will be published highlighting the following industries:

· Automotive/Rail/Transportation

· Consumer Electronics

· Industrial Automation/Energy/Power

· Medical

· Military/Aerospace

· Mobile phones

· Retail Automation/Digital Signage

· Telecom/Datacom

So what insights and statistics will be provided in these individual vertical market reports?

· Global number of embedded system project starts

· Global number and types of embedded system engineer

· Total Market for Embedded Software Engineering (TAM)

o    Total OEM Spend on Commercial Embedded Software and Tools

o    Total OEM Spend on Engineering Labor

· Statistics on engineering projects, technology use, solution selection, and developer preferences, among other factors

· Analysis of other leading business and technological trends affecting these industries

Please let us know if you have any questions on this research.  More information can be found here.


Tapping into the Next Phase of Linux's Growth

A recent study from the Kauffman Foundation stated that from 1977 to 2005 firms within the first year of their founding generated nearly three million new jobs per year within the United States.  In the engineering world, new jobs mean new project starts and new development seats.  While entrenched tools and development processes can make it difficult – and costly – to capture mindshare and R&D spend from mature organizations, these fledging engineering firms are proving to be an incubator and launching pad for new technologies and trends.


It is no secret that over the last ten years Linux has steadily extended its presence within the embedded market, altering the dynamics of the market and fate of commercial software vendors in the process.  Although debates around Linux and its value in the embedded market often seem to turn to disputes bordering on religion, its decade-long ascension has now provided it an unassailable position within engineering organizations as a leading operating system choice for both host and target systems.

Os co size host blog

Research from our recently completed 2010 Embedded System Engineering Survey has shed further light on these emerging trends.  Not only is Linux’s (both public and commercially supplied) use as a host and target OS increasing in embedded projects, but there is also a distinct correlation between the use of the platform as a host and target OS in current projects as well as across the migration plans for respondent engineers’ future plans.


While the directional trending of these statistics might not be a huge surprise, this next facet provides them with even greater weight – the use of Linux as a host operating system within small engineering companies (less than 50 engineers) is outpacing that within mid- and enterprise-size organizations.  What perhaps makes the future impact of this trend even more acute is the fact that these smaller firms are embracing public Linux in an even greater frequency.  Although cash flow considerations are certainly influencing the use of public Linux in some small companies, the increasing use of the platform will continue to help drive the development of the Linux ecosystem as well as the level of in-house expertise and software assets supporting the platform within growing organizations.


Clearly, software and tool vendors should take notice of these emerging market dynamics and reevaluate the current positioning of their products, services, and partnerships in order to maxmize mind share within these smaller organizations and potentially channel and/or redirect this market momentum in their favor.


Complimentary Embedded Software and Tools Research Available


Did you know that we regularly produce complimentary research highlights and content?

You can receive immediate access to the latest updates and research notes from VDC as well as receive notifications when new free content is available from our research covering embedded software and tools technologies.  In case you haven't already - please Sign Up by Clicking Here.

Please also feel free to contact us if you have any questions on the research that we've posted.


Embedded Industry Expert Opinions Needed

VDC is conducting its annual survey of mobile and embedded engineers so if you are involved in the engineering of mobile or embedded systems/software, this is your chance to influence key solution suppliers.

The research covers embedded software, hardware, tools, and development practices. Your thoughts will improve our insights into the engineering community and help to influence next generation solutions.

In addition, VDC will provide all respondents who complete the survey:

* Instant access to a summary of VDC's 2009 survey findings;

* Entry into a prize drawing for one of five $100 Amazon.com gift certificates (drawing to be held August 15th, 2010); and

* A summary of the 2010 survey findings once the survey is complete later this year

To begin the survey, go to:http://vdcresearch.com/survey/10_esdt.html?RID=OT

Thank you very much for your assistance.

Best Regards,

The VDC Embedded Software and Tools Research Team


Total Market for Embedded Software Engineering Down in 2009 after a 4% Increase in 2008


VDC recently released a series of reports from Track 3: The Total Market for Embedded Software Engineering (TMESE) of VDC’s 2009 Embedded Software Market Intelligence Program. These reports include a total available market (TAM) analysis of OEM spending on embedded software engineering (including commercial products and software engineering labor spend).


Although growth slowed in the fourth quarter of 2008, many engineering organizations maintained their research and development spending rates throughout the majority of 2008.  The changing economic climate led to a more cautious development approach; whereas engineering staffs would have previously made more of the software purchasing decisions themselves, procurement has become more process-oriented and controlled by higher levels in the organizations.


The recession’s impact, however, became even more tangible in early 2009 as many OEMs began making significant cuts to their R+D budgets and engineering staffs as the potential magnitude and duration of the recession became more apparent.  With the total spend on embedded software engineering labor representing the vast majority of the overall TMESE as compared to expenditures on commercial embedded software solutions, the onset of project start delays and cancellations in 2008 had a significant effect on TMESE Labor spend in 2009 and will continue to impact overall embedded software market expenditures in 2010.


VDC explores the various trends impacting the Total Market for Embedded Software Engineering in greater depth within these four recently released reports:


  Volume 1: Global Embedded Software Engineer Census

§ Includes the global population of embedded engineers by type as well as segmentations of the total embedded engineer and embedded software engineer populations by region and by vertical market.

  Volume 2: Total Market for Embedded Software Engineering – Labor

§ Includes the total embedded engineering labor spend by Embedded Systems Manufacturers segmented by region and by vertical market.

  Volume 3: Total Market for Embedded Software Engineering – Commercial Products

§ Includes the total commercial products spend by Embedded Systems Manufacturers segmented by region and by vertical market.

  Volume 4: Total Market for Embedded Software Engineering – Aggregate

§ Includes the total aggregated spend by Embedded Systems Manufacturers on labor and commercial products segmented by region and by vertical market.


 All four volumes from the Track also include selected highlights from VDC’s Embedded System Engineering Survey Data as well as qualitative analysis of key trends affecting the topic under study in 2008, 2009, and beyond.


2010 Embedded Software & Tools Market Update & Outlook - Webcast Available

We want to thank everyone who attended our webcast, "Embedded Software and Tools Market Update & Outlook."  We hope you found the content both useful & interesting.  

In case you missed the live webcast, here is a link to its recording and slides.  Please note that registration is required to view the recording .

Please be sure contact us directly if we can help answer any questions you may have on the presentation or our thoughts on the 2010 embedded software and tools market in general.

My Photo