43 posts categorized "Market Forecast"


VDC Research is Attending IBM Innovate2014 in Orlando

VDC Research will be attending Innovate2014, IBM’s Technical Summit in Orlando, June 1-3, 2014. IBM has planned an exciting agenda for the conference highlighting continuous engineering, DevOps, and Innovation.

We are also pleased to announce Chris Rommel, Executive Vice President of M2M Embedded Technology is a speaker for an important panel discussion, “Best Practices for Agile Product Development”, to be held Monday, June 2. We encourage you to attend.

Best Practices for Agile Product Development discussion overview:

Agile methods are popular and effective in software development for complex products. But, the application of agile principles to the broader product development process offers the prospect of even greater business value through improved productivity and predictability and better management of change. This session presents a panel of several experts to discuss the challenges of extending agile beyond software processes. These experts will also address key approaches that can maximize the value for product development organizations.

Haven't decided yet if you're attending IBM Innovate2014? Please check out the Innovate2014 website for more information on the conference program, scheduled speakers, as well as information on companies that will be exhibiting. We hope to see you there.


Agile2013: VDC Research is heading to Nashville - Music City!

The M2M Embedded Software team is excited to be heading to Nashville to attend Agile2013 (#agile2013). The growing adoption of Agile methodologies is one of the most important developments in the software lifecycle management solution market since VDC started covering it in 2000.

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Despite origins in the enterprise/IT software development world, iterative software development methods have also taken hold in the embedded market. In fact, nearly 50% of embedded engineers we surveyed in 2012 used Agile and Iterative methods.

As embedded systems continue to evolve, organizations still relying on traditional development methodologies are struggling to keep pace with their software content creation demands. Many of these OEMs are accustomed to the traditional, serial development workflows especially common within safety-critical application classes. However, updates to several software standards, such as DO-178C, have provided the embedded industry with better clarification and more guidelines around the new development techniques. As a result of these pressures and advances, we expect iterative development methodologies will continue to gain new adherents in the embedded market.


Hope to see you there

If you want to learn about the latest Agile approaches, methods, technologies, tools, leadership principles, management philosophies and processes, we hope you will attend Agile2013. Also, please check out some of our free research on Agile, DevOps, and software development tools.

Contact us ASAP to schedule a meeting

VDC will be attending the Agile2013 conference Monday, August 5th and Tuesday, August 6th.

Contact André Girard, Sr. Analyst, M2M Embedded Software & Tools at:

agirard@vdcresearch.com or 508.653.9000 x153.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!



VDC Research is the leading M2M market intelligence firm that provides engineering leaders and technology suppliers with research-driven insights to help guide their product development and technology strategies. For over two decades, VDC Research has been conducting research and analysis of the global M2M market. Born out of its embedded engineering research practice, VDC Research surveys and interacts with thousands of engineers from all vertical markets including industrial automation, retail, manufacturing and medical devices, to gain insight into their project requirements, solution selection criteria, preferences and trends. 

Based on a unique blend of quantitative and qualitative analysis that offer granularity and breadth of coverage, VDC is organized around four practice areas, each with its own focused area of coverage. Together, they enable a unique 360-degree perspective of the opportunities and challenges resulting from The Internet of Things and M2M.

For more information visit: www.vdcresearch.com


It’s Electric…Boogie Woogie Woogie!

As the world’s energy reserves continue to wane, there is an ongoing shift towards the use of renewable energy sources. Concurrently, developments in advanced electric power systems (EPS), more commonly known as smart grids, are catching the eye of utility and power companies worldwide. Using two-way digital communication technology, smart grids can generate and distribute sustainable, economic and secure energy supplies.

In response to advances in EPSs, an increasing number of renewable energy-based resource installations are taking place. As these installations occur, it is critical to ensure that these systems are properly engineered in accordance with relevant performance standards such as IEEE 1547.

IEEE 1547 was established to provide a standard set of requirements to address key issues such as voltage regulation, synchronization and isolation, the handling of abnormal grid conditions, and power quality, among others.

 However, the testing and validation of individual components within an EPS is no longer sufficient. In order to mitigate the associated operational risks of complex grids under dynamic situations, the testing must now encompass the entire system. Thus, there is considerable potential to reduce the time frame required for running such compliance tests by automating portions of the testing process using hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation.

The use of HIL in combining simulation with hardware experimentation is crucial in validating complex electric power systems in real-time. The technical integration of advanced EPSs will have a progressively more profound impact on grid stability, reliability, and availability as the penetration of renewable distributed energy resources increases. These developments will have more and more utility companies utilizing the simulation and testing benefits HIL has to offer.


More insight

For further investigation and discussion about the emerging trends in the HIL landscape, and other important shifts in systems lifecycle management, please see our 2013 Software & Systems Lifecycle Management Tools Market Intelligence Service.


Guest authored by Dan McGowan, Research Assistant at VDC Research


ALM Connect Executive Day and EclipseCon, March 2013


VDC was excited to attend the ALM Connect Executive Day, which was run in parallel to EclipseCon 2013 in Boston this week. The objective of the executive day, to provide a platform for software delivery executives to discuss modern ALM practices in the context of business problems, is tightly aligned to our Software & System Lifecycle Management Tools research.

The day brought together leaders from ALM suppliers, ISVs and consulting firms to discuss how ALM is evolving in response to the changing software delivery environment. The M2M Embedded Software team investigates many of the same questions ALM Connect aimed to answer such as:

  • How does ALM work in the world shifting from 'Systems of Record' to systems of engagement?
  • How does SaaS, Mobile and open source change ALM?
  • What does Agile mean to ALM?
  • What does complex sourcing do to ALM?

Among the ALM Connect Executive Day highlights:

 “What ALM knowledge you can expect from Computer Science Graduates” with Gary Pollice, Professor of Practice, WPI Computer Science Department. A great description about what you should look for in a recent computer science graduate and, more importantly, why.

“Managing Complex Supply Chains with ALM” with Mik Kersten, CEO, Tasktop. Mik demonstrated how Tasktop is helping large corporations work through the mess they’ve made of their development lifecycle through piecemeal tool adoption at team levels, corporate expansion, mergers and other realities of business as usual.

 “Scrum - Success Ends with Middle Management” with Ken Schwaber, the Co-creator of Scrum and CEO of Scrum.org. Ken stressed the importance of individuals and interactions over processes and tools as organizations look to create more agility. Also presented was the “Agility Index”, a means to track progress towards of process improvement goals.

“Future of ALM Panel” with Sam Guckenheimer, MS Visual Studio; Jeffery Hammond, Forrester Research; Raziel Tabib, HP; Mik Kersten, Tasktop; Mike O'Rourke, IBM Rational. The panel gave us a lively discussion on a number of topics including developer resistance to change, estimates on the enterprise ALM market size, and ongoing heterogeneity and integration challenges of ALM.

More information on ALM Connect Executive Day can be found here.



We also made time to visit some booths and sit in on a few presentations of EclipseCon.

The focus of the open source Eclipse community is software development tools as well as the intersection of tools, process, and new business models. As more and more organizations view their ability to manufacture software as a competitive advantage, ALM is becoming a vital business process.

Among the EclipseCon highlights:

CollabNet’s Laszlo Szalvay presentation, "Making Agile ALM Work in Regulated Industries”:  The discussion focused on some of the uncertainty towards Agile that remains in highly regulated industries such as Finance, Telecommunications, Pharmaceuticals and Government. VDC sees the same concerns about control and increased developer autonomy in the embedded industry. Likewise, we share the opinion that Agile can succeed in these industries with the use of the right processes and tools.

The session entitled, “High Quality Agile - Incorporating Quality into Your Agile Process and Organization Means Working Faster and Smarter,” by Lorinda Brandon of SmartBear Software. Lorinda outlined some best practices for maintaining high quality as an organization moves towards a continuous software delivery business model.

More information on EclipseCon 2013 Boston can be found here.


About VDC Research Group                                       

VDC Research Group (VDC) provides market research and advisory services to the world's top technology executives. Our clients rely on us to provide actionable insights to support their most important strategic decisions. The firm is organized around four practices, each with its own focused area of coverage including: automatic identification and data collection, embedded hardware, embedded software and enterprise mobility.

Our market research is the basis for the many ways that VDC can help our clients to grow their business. We offer a range of services designed to meet their specific corporate development, opportunity assessment and lead generation needs. Founded in 1971, the firm is located in the Boston area. Please visit our Web site at www.vdcresearch.com to learn more.

VDC has been providing embedded systems market intelligence for over 20 years.


Expect Quick Response to MISRA C: 2012

Introducing MISRA C: 2012

Yesterday, the Motor Industry Software Reliability Association (MISRA) announced the availability of MISRA C: 2012, an important update to the software development standard for the C programming language. Beyond providing support for the C99 version of C, the improvements also aim to reduce the cost and complexity required to achieve compliance.

VDC’s View

MISRA adoption has spread far and wide since being introduced in the 1990s to provide guidelines for the development of embedded software in the European automotive industry. Since that time, the value proposition of a standard set of quality assurance coding rules has resonated far beyond safety-critical applications. The MISRA standards are now often used by developers as a collection of best practices for coding across a range of industries which may not be subject to specific certifications. 

VDC’s ongoing review of the engineering community continues to show more and more projects are being developed to some level of compliance with MISRA guidelines. Findings from our most recent Software and System Development Survey were gathered earlier this month. The results show 30% of engineers’ current projects are either fully MISRA C compliant or adhere to a subset of these rules (partially compliant). Full or partial MISRA C++ compliance was cited for 27% of current projects.

Given the widespread adoption of these process guidelines across multiple regions and vertical markets, you can expect the automated test and verification solution provider community to respond rapidly to the MISRA C: 2012 update.

Some, in fact, have already responded. LDRA, one of leading suppliers of automated test and verification tools, announced availability of compliance tools for MISRA C: 2012 on the same day as the standard’s release. Expect more suppliers to follow suit.

More insight

For further investigation and discussion about the impact of process standards in the embedded and enterprise development markets, please see our 2012 Software & Systems Lifecycle Management Tools Market Intelligence Service.

The M2M Embedded Software team at VDC is in the process of updating this research for 2013. The first volume of the 2013 service, Software & System Modeling Tools, will be available in the next couple of weeks. Included with the purchase of these reports are the findings from VDC’s Software and System Development survey which canvases software developers and serves as the source of the figures used above. 



It Gets Better

The same end-of-one-year reflection that inspired our embedded software Top 12 of 2012 (part 1 and part 2), encouraged us to take a look back at a metric we continue to track: schedule performance.

In VDC’s 2012 developers survey, 35.3% of the respondents said their current project was behind schedule. Just last year over 40% reported schedule slippage. So perhaps 35% is an improvement; but it’s hardly a statistic worth boasting. With an average of twenty five embedded engineers per project, any delay can be detrimental to development budgets, not to mention the reputational damage.

Despite an understanding that adherence to schedule is crucial to project success and that management should focus on ensuring execution conforms to it, on-time delivery difficulties persist. In order to get the maximum benefit from minimal effort through the full development lifecycle, engineering organizations need to optimize the efficiency and accuracy of their team and resources.

The good news is our research suggests the schedule adherence improvement of this past year may be the start of a trend rather than an anomaly. We see more and more engineering firms applying the right tools, methodologies, and processes.

Some of our findings showing potential for improved schedule performance include:

  • Embedded suppliers continue to make functional improvements to the software and systems lifecycle management (SSLM) tools they offer. Beyond these advances, there is broader use of SSLM solutions by developers which offers several potential benefits. For example, effective requirements management solutions help avoid misunderstanding and unrealistic expectations while modeling tools can encourage greater code reuse.
  • There is increased adoption of Agile methodologies both in full adherence to the methodology and in a hybrid approach combining iterative aspects with elements from other methods.
  • Improving efficiency in the development of today’s devices which often require a tight coupling of electrical, mechanical, and software elements requires an evaluation of processes across project boundaries. This reinforces the potential benefits of cross-domain engineering integration, which we see is increasing.

These trends are encouraging. Our findings have shown that organizations using SSLM tools are more successful in meeting deadlines. Likewise, less developers using Agile methods (28.8%) or investigating cross-domain integration (26.2%) report being behind schedule than the average for the industry at large (35.3%.)

If embedded suppliers continue to improve their offerings and provide the support to make sure they are implemented appropriately, perhaps our 2013 findings will confirm the schedule improvement value of these solutions.


Software Development Tools Market Update

Competitive Market Dynamics at Work

Recently published research by VDC Research Group continues to indicate the market for commercial standalone software development tools remains under pressure and challenged as a result of competitive market dynamics.

The embedded market has evolved since the early nineties when market players were compartmented and offered RTOSs or software development tools. Over time, players converged at the center, either through acquisitions and mergers, internal development or some combination of both, in offering a software solution that spans operating systems and tool chains. Regardless of the direction of convergence, the focus was on providing an integrated and supported solution from a single vendor.


Many operating system vendors offer integrated and optimized tools support for development of applications for their own platform offerings. Hardware and silicon suppliers have partnered with tools providers in the past to support clients, but this trend has been changing as these suppliers find value in bringing tool offerings in-house.  Lastly, open source solutions are popular with developers looking for low, no-cost development tools. These freely available solutions represent the baseline from which all tools vendors must be able to differentiate themselves.

VDC expects the challenge is further complicated by the anticipated decrease in use of in-house developed target operating systems, where standalone software development tools shipments have historically represented an important source of income for suppliers.


State of the Market: Android in Embedded

Together with Apple’s iOS, Android has helped to redefine expectations with regard to user interaction and functionality in the smartphone space. The widespread success of Android and iOS are among the major factors contributing to changes in OS strategy on the part of traditional market leaders Nokia (a shift from Symbian to Windows Phone) and Research In Motion (acquisition of QNX Software Systems and shift to a QNX-based platform). Furthermore, the ubiquity of smartphones has begun to impact UI expectations in other devices classes, with interest in utilizing Android to serve these requirements continually mounting.

But while interest in Android beyond smartphones (and tablets) has been widespread, actual deployments of other types of Android-based devices have remained somewhat scarce. 

So where exactly are we today with regard to Android’s penetration in other areas?

According to our recently published report Android in the Embedded Systems Market, less than 5% of all Android-based unit shipments in 2011 were products other than smartphones, tablets, and eReaders. Among those device classes included within these estimates are military communication devices, medical devices, and connected car systems. 


Because of Android’s many pre-integrated components – GPS, wireless radio, camera – the platform is a logical solution for mobile communication devices used by the military. These types of communication devices – such as a wearable rugged computer made by GD Itronix – comprised slightly more than 1% of this market in 2011. Clearly, the use of Android within military communication devices is still in its infancy, with the potential security vulnerabilities associated with an open source platform having contributed to the relatively slow rate of adoption thus far.

When Android was first discussed as a potential fit within non-consumer devices, the medical device market was frequently cited as an area that would benefit from the user interface and graphics capabilities of the platform. Despite this interest, few OEMs have elected to include Android in their designs, and initial uptake has been slow. VDC believes that a reluctance to augment legacy designs to include Android and complications around deploying the platform in devices with real-time requirements have been the primary inhibitors to broader adoption of Android within this market. However, new use cases such as patient entertainment systems continue to emerge.

While the GENIVI Alliance has garnered much of the attention around Linux-based platforms for OEMs’ automotive in-vehicle infotainment  (IVI) platforms, Android-based IVI systems have begun to appear in the form of aftermarket solutions such as the Clarion Mirage (which runs a version of Android 2.2 customized by Wind River.) VDC expects that ongoing investments and relationships between major automotive OEMs and leading IVI solutions providers such as Microsoft and QNX Software Systems is likely to limit the adoption of this platform directly by OEMs. However, low-cost, highly functional aftermarket solutions enabled by Android offer consumers the ability to upgrade from lower-end factory-installed systems that do not take advantage of the latest in IVI innovations.

The strengths of Android make the platform a strong fit in a wide range of product categories. To date, Android has been deployed in devices ranging from televisions and set-top boxes to HMI applications in the industrial space, digital signage solutions, watches, and even ski goggles. As the effectiveness of Android beyond smartphones and tablets becomes more readily accepted, we believe new use cases for Android will continue to emerge and fuel the platform’s growth path.

However, many challenges – such as security, fragmentation, and legal issues – still remain. VDC investigates these and other trends in our recently published report, Android in the Embedded Systems Market, from our research service Strategic Insights 2012: Embedded Software & Tools Market. Please contact us for more information.


New VDC Research Program Will Provide Valuable Insights into Security and M2M / The Internet of Things

We wanted to let you know about an important new annual research program we are launching called The Voice of the Customer Series: Security & The Internet of Things. The series, which is based on extensive primary research of engineering organizations, solution vendors, and enterprise/IT and consumer behavior, will provide you with the information you need to formulate and implement a best-in-class security strategy.

We’ve designed this program to help senior OEM engineering managers responsible for product development and deployments and IT managers coordinating M2M and enterprise-to-device connectivity. This service will help them understand how organizations are approaching the big decisions of security risk management, technology and vendor selection, device deployment, and more. We will also be highlighting consumer awareness and perceptions regarding security across a range of device classes. Some of the issues we’ll be looking at during the next 12 months include:

  • Engineering organizations’ perception of the growing threat of security issues as well as the steps they are taking to reduce the those risks
  • Consumers’ perception of this risk and desire for security enhancements across a range of consumer devices as a means to better inform the security solution selection process for OEMs and Enterprise/IT organizations
  • How the Internet of Things is impacting what network managers are doing today and what they should consider going forward as more embedded and mobile devices connect to their infrastructure
  • Customer feedback on the vendor landscape for embedded and mobile device security solutions and accompanying analyses of some of the leading security solution vendors

Want to learn more? Click here to download the Research Outline.


Embedded/Real-time Operating System Market - Uneven Growth in 2011 – Slower Growth Expected Over the Forecast Period

In 2011, growth in the market was uneven and the rate of growth below what VDC had forecasted from last year. Suppliers in the market expressed mixed views on the state of the market in 2011 and the challenges they faced during the course of the year.

VDC estimates that the market for embedded/real-time operating systems was greater than $1 billion in 2011, an increase of slightly more that 5% from a revised 2010 estimate. Over the forecast period we expect this market segment to grow at a combined annual rate of less than 6% per year through 2014.

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OEMs have been affected by the global economy where companies have reduced staff, yet productivity expectations are increasing – doing more with less. The economic uncertainty tends to drive lower project costs (hardware consolidation, hardware platform choices, free tools and software, etc.) and cause project delays or cancellations.

VDC expects that the fast changing pace of technology and new functionality demands will continue to affect OEM decisions in a move to commercially available software platforms creating growth opportunities.

Our recently published report, Volume 1: Embedded/Real-time Operating Systems, from Track 2 of VDC's Strategic Insights 2012: Embedded Software Market and Tools Market provide additional insight and trends affecting the Embedded/Real-time Operating System market. Please contact us for more information.


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