90 posts categorized "Modeling Tools"

07/29/2013

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:

[email protected] or 508.653.9000 x153.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

 

ABOUT VDC RESEARCH GROUP

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

06/28/2013

Combating the Crush of Code Creation

We discussed in a blog earlier this week the growing reliance on software components to provide differentiation in the automotive vertical market. It is a trend that can be witnessed across a wide range of embedded industries and as a result, software volume and complexity is expanding rapidly. With these changes comes a growing appreciation for the value proposition of commercial software tools to manage the challenges borne by software development. The introduction of formal tooling to lessen the reliance on hand-coding and in-house developed tools is a strategy used by more and more organizations to address their development needs.

Utilizing tools (e.g. UML/SDL, HMI, modeling/simulation tools, etc.) to automatically generate portions of software code is a strategy increasingly used as an effective hedge against the missed project deadlines in the face of rapidly increasing code volumes. In fact, developers in several verticals such as telecom, automotive, and aerospace & defense now generate over a fifth of the code created in-house through the use of software modeling tools. With no end in sight for the growth of code bases (nor any likelihood project deadlines become more generous), expect this approach to become more widespread. Furthermore, providing a code generator qualified across a number of software safety certification standards is an increasingly important differentiator for solutions targeting industries with process or safety standards to guide or regulate software.

More insight

For further investigation and discussion about this and other emerging trends in the software and system modeling tool landscape, as well as other important shifts in systems lifecycle management, please see our 2013 Software & Systems Lifecycle Management Tools Market Intelligence Service. The first volume of this series, which focuses on modeling tools, will be available soon.

06/26/2013

Controlling In-Vehicle Innovation with IVI Design

Automotive differentiation is no longer driven by gears and grease. Electronic systems now control most aspects of a vehicle’s operation and the software within those systems has risen to account for an increasing share of their functionality and differentiation. Today, software content growth in the automotive industry continues to outpace most other embedded device classes. In no automotive sector is this trend more acute than in IVI.

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The culture of conservatism, rooted in automotive’s safety-critical requirements, that has traditionally characterized the domain must adapt. The recent financial crisis imposed an unparalleled catalyst for such change. Entire supply chains followed the OEM leads into bankruptcy. The remaining engineering organizations, many of which lacked the level of development resources they had prior to the financial crisis, are being forced to reevaluate their incumbent development processes and tools in an effort to keep pace with the unabated growth in consumer expectations. In many cases, OEMs must be prepared to adopt new software development solutions to adequately address the complexities of UI design and consumer device integration.

VDC will be conducting a live webcast with IBM and Jaguar Land Rover on June 27th to discuss this emerging trend. Attendees will learn:

  • How open source technologies will impact tomorrow's automotive ecosystem
  • Why OEMs need to revisit their supply-chain strategies to promote new levels of collaboration  and innovation
  • What new development solutions should be considered to adapt

When: June 27th, 11:00am ET / 2:00pm PT

Register: http://bit.ly/136NjqJ

06/25/2013

The Embedded Software Beat

Part two of a Q&A with Matt Klassen, Director of Product and Solutions Marketing at PTC. (See part one)

This interview is part of an ongoing series we conduct with embedded software solution providers to share views on their company, products, and state of the market.

VDC:  When PTC acquired MKS, James Heppelmann, president and CEO of PTC said, “Software engineering has become a fundamental backbone element in today’s product development process.” Indeed, embedded systems continue to grow in complexity and software is defining an ever greater portion of end product value. Given that environment, can you tell us a bit about how the combination of Integrity with PTC’s PLM solutions is addressing some of the challenges facing manufacturers today?

Klassen: PTC is addressing many software intensive product manufacturing challenges head on.  Integrity allows engineers to author, connect, and manage a wide range of development artifacts from requirements to design to code and test. Furthermore, Integrity offers unprecedented reuse and traceability providing efficient change management, even across product variants. This gives management a real-time view of software release readiness in the context of the product engineering cycle.  When used in combination with Windchill, Integrity extends PLM to include robust requirements management, software management, and crossed discipline change management.

VDC: Has the acquisition resulted in new markets or opportunities for the Integrity solution than was available under MKS?

Klassen: PTC gave Integrity global reach and with a loyal customer base. Integrity has been introduced to a host of new customers that have invested heavily in our ALM technology. These customers include HKMC, Huawei, Cummins, John Deere, and Ingersoll Rand to name a few.

VDC: We’re seeing Agile software development methodologies gain broader acceptance across a range of embedded verticals. How does a solution like Integrity help support a transition to iterative development?

Klassen: PTC Integrity ensures a smooth transition to iterative and agile methodologies by providing a flexible scalable Scrum based template that allows enterprises to use traditional, agile or hybrid methods across a distributed set of teams. In addition, Integrity’s support for regulatory compliance standards and ability to reuse requirements, test and code in an Agile environment is unique.

VDC: If you could accurately predict the future, how do see the opportunities for the embedded software market shaping up over in the coming year?

Klassen: The embedded software market will only continue to grow its products to become smart systems of systems.  As companies realize that it is more profitable to transform their products into services, software will enable and deliver the continuous stream of value to products already in the market such that servicing, fixing, upgrading and even offering new features will become much more efficient, less expensive and provide longer life expectancies for many products.  Companies that are able to manage the explosive growth of software efficiently and effectively in the context of the product lifecycle will thrive.  PTC’s strategy is very focused on this market force.

VDC: Thank you, Mark.

Interested in participating in VDC’s “The Embedded Software Beat” series of interviews? Please reach out and let us know.


Matt KlassenMatt Klassen
is passionate about helping customers improve the way they build software intensive products and has been helping organizations excel with software for 20 years.  In his role as Director of ALM Solutions Marketing, Mr. Klassen is responsible for leading the effort to define, market, and sell PTC software and systems engineering management solutions built on PTC Integrity.  With many years working with customers on their complex software systems, Matt has the in knowledge to understand customer challenges across the software development lifecycle in many industries including medical devices, automotive, aerospace, and high tech electronics.  Matt has been a featured speaker at many conferences and events.

 

06/24/2013

The Embedded Software Beat

Part one of a Q&A with Matt Klassen, Director of Product and Solutions Marketing at PTC.

This interview is part of an ongoing series we conduct with embedded software solution providers to share views on their company, products, and state of the market.

VDC’s Embedded Software team was fortunate to catch up with Mr. Klassen shortly after the 2013 PTC Live Global, PTC’s annual event for engineers, IT and service professionals to network, hear corporate updates, learn, and listen to interesting customer presentations.

VDC: PTC has been supporting the embedded industry since 1985. Can you briefly introduce the company to our readers?

Klassen: PTC started as a CAD software provider and revolutionized that market with Pro/ENGINEER, the industry's first successful rule-based constraint (sometimes called "parametric" or "variational") 3D CADmodeling system.  In the late 90’s, PTC acquired Windchill Technology Inc. and launched the first internet based PLM solution which has grown into a half billion dollar business.  In 2011 PTC acquired MKS, a leading provider of ALM solutions, to address the engineering challenges as products transform into smart, software intensive systems.  

VDC: For anyone who may have missed the event, what were some of the highlights of the 2013 PTC Live Global?

Klassen: There were a lot of highlights at this year’s conference, but as usual, our customers really took center stage.  The keynotes on both Monday and Tuesday featured several marquis customers that underscored Jim Heppelmann’s talk on the forces that are transforming the way products are designed, manufactured and serviced.  Forces like digitization, globalization, compliance, personalization, software intensive products, connectivity, and servitization are all at work in the market and manufacturers that embrace these by transforming their process and tool landscape, will be positioned to lead the market.  PTC is positioned to partner with these companies to provide guidance and technology to do just that.

VDC: What challenges do engineers face today in designing and developing embedded devices and how are embedded software suppliers responding?

Klassen:  Engineers face a whole host of challenges today including:

-       Reusing software development artifacts across product variants

-       Cross engineering discipline collaboration

-       Taking advantage of Agile methods in highly complex and regulated environments

-       Managing the high velocity of software driven change and implications across discliplines

Traditional ALM vendors are not addressing these challenges very effectively.  Traditional PLM vendors are trying to address these challenges but their hardware oriented solutions are ill-equipped.  PTC has a unique opportunity to address these challenges with an integrated ALM and PLM set of solutions. 

Please check back on Tuesday 6/25 for part 2 of this discussion with Matt Klassen, Director of Product and Solutions Marketing at PTC

Matt KlassenMatt Klassen is passionate about helping customers improve the way they build software intensive products and has been helping organizations excel with software for 20 years.  In his role as Director of ALM Solutions Marketing, Mr. Klassen is responsible for leading the effort to define, market, and sell PTC software and systems engineering management solutions built on PTC Integrity.  With many years working with customers on their complex software systems, Matt has the in knowledge to understand customer challenges across the software development lifecycle in many industries including medical devices, automotive, aerospace, and high tech electronics.  Matt has been a featured speaker at many conferences and events.

 

 

06/11/2013

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

03/28/2013

Model That MIMO

Wireless networks have been pressed to rapidly evolve as ever greater numbers of subscribers utilize mobile devices to transmit an increasing volume of data. In fact, Cisco projects the number of mobile-connected devices, driven by a combination of personal devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, will exceed the world’s population by the end of this year and that mobile data traffic will expand at a CAGR of 66% through 2017.

Technologies such as Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) and other multiple antenna techniques have emerged in response to this increased demand for wireless network throughput. MIMO systems employ multiple antennas at both the transmitter and receiver end of the communication system. This approach considerably improves performance, providing higher data rates while maintaining spectral efficiency. However, a price paid for these advances is greater system complexity facing embedded engineers tasked with designing the networks.

Accurate design of the wireless communications channel is key to optimizing network system performance. This requires consideration of a large number of variables and is a challenge well suited to software-based modeling tools. VDC Research has spoken with leading suppliers of commercially available modeling tools as we update our coverage of Software and System Lifecycle Management solutions for 2013. These conversations have revealed a growing interest in system design tools within the communications market.

Suppliers are responding to this demand. For example this week, MathWorks announced software enhancements to the Phased Array System Toolbox and SimRF to enable wireless communications and radar system designers to speed up modeling and simulation within the MATLAB and Simulink environments. Going forward, telecommunications engineers will increasingly leverage software and systems modeling tools as they design the complex next-generation networks of tomorrow.

More insight                                     

For immediate access to further investigation and discussion about software and systems modeling tools, 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 2013 Software & System Modeling Tools volume will be available in the next couple of weeks. 

03/18/2013

VDC to Present Embeddy Awards Live at Design West

Want to see the latest technologies and tricks for embedded engineering? Head to Design West next month in San Jose, CA!

Contact us ASAP to schedule a meeting

VDC will be attending the Design West/ESC conference from Tuesday April 23 through Thursday April 25.

At the show, we will be presenting our 9th annual Embeddy Awards. The winners will be announced Live during Thursday's morning keynote session.

So how can your company win the Embeddy award?

To be considered,

First, fill out this on-line form: http://svy.mk/WU0abA

You must also schedule a meeting with VDC to discuss the announcement that you are making at the show. You can arrange a meeting time with VDC by doing one of the following:

For Software and Tools related meetings

Contact Jared Weiner, Analyst, M2M Embedded Software & Tools at:
[email protected] or 508.653.9000 x143.

For Hardware related meetings

Contact David Laing, Senior Analyst, M2M Embedded Hardware Platforms at:
[email protected] or 508.653.9000 x146.

Haven't decided if you're attending DESIGN West yet?

Please check out the DESIGN West website for more information on the conference program as well as
information on all of the companies that will be exhibiting. You can also click here to register.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

12/28/2012

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.

10/30/2012

The Embedded Software Beat

A Q&A with Stefan Skarin, Chief Executive Officer, IAR Systems Group AB.

This interview is the fourth in a series that we look to conduct during the course of 2012 with embedded software solution providers to share their views on their company, products, and state of the market.

VDC was fortunate to catch up with Mr. Skarin in advance of the ARM TechCon where IAR Systems will be announcing and demonstrating new products.

VDC: IAR Systems is a long-time supplier of software development solutions to the embedded market.  Can you briefly introduce the company to our readers? Iarsystemslogo

Skarin: IAR Systems was founded in 1983 and actually launched the world's first C compiler for the 8051 microprocessor. Since, we have grown from a local Swedish company to a global player with ten offices all over the world, and 14,000 customers in all industries. We have developed more C and C++ compilers than any other company in the embedded industry, and I would say we have accumulated a unique understanding of embedded developers’ needs. We are proud to support the market's widest range of architectures, and we are continuously enhancing our products and adding new functionality that we believe developers will benefit from. Our suite of development tools for embedded applications is called IAR Embedded Workbench and provides a complete set of C/C++ compiler and debugger tools.

VDC: What are the challenges engineers face today in designing and developing embedded devices and how are embedded software suppliers responding?

Skarin: Embedded systems are becoming more and more complex, and at the same time the time to market for new products is becoming more and more crucial. These factors create needs for simplified, flexible workflows. Companies are streamlining their development to avoid delays, and of course also to maximize the return on investment. So basically, developers need to get up and running quickly, and work faster, as the same time as their assignments are becoming more complicated. We are aiming to supply tools that are easy to use, while at the same time offer high performance and advanced functionality. To have the ability to reuse code can also help increase productivity. It is also important for software suppliers to simplify integration between tools and systems. Whether or not the supplier is able to offer you technical support when and where you need it, to help you keep production going according to schedule, is of course also a major differentiator.

VDC: Power consumption is a critical design objective for battery operated embedded devices. How do IAR software development solutions help developers improve and manage battery life?

Skarin: This is an area where I believe software suppliers have a major role to play, and we are putting a lot of effort into helping developers minimize power consumption. A couple of years ago, we introduced our innovative Power debugging technology. This technology provides software developers with information about the power consumption in their specific application. The information is coupled to the source code and enables the developers to find any power spikes, and to test and tune the application for power optimization. Earlier this year, we launched the debug probe I-jet, which enables even more refined power measurements.

To have highly optimized code is a great way to minimize power consumption. Our compiler creates extremely compact code that runs fast and saves on the power needed to complete the tasks. We have worked extensively with compiler optimization technology for several years, but we are still able to further tweak this, and are continuously trying to beat our own records.

VDC: Today’s embedded systems have grown increasingly complex and software is coming to define a greater portion of the end product value. What’s your view on the use of modeling tools within the product development lifecycle to help engineering organizations manage this complexity?

Skarin: I believe we will see more of modeling tools as systems keep gaining in complexity. As I mentioned before, it will be even more important for software suppliers to offer extensive possibilities for integration between tools, for example modeling tools. The entire development workflows need to be well-connected and interaction between different tools need to be seamless and easy to work with.

IAR Systems supplies the state machine toolset IAR visualSTATE. It is based on a subset of the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and is used to design, test and implement embedded applications based on state machines.

VDC: In safety critical applications, regulations and compliance requirements are driving the need for increased use of automated test tools to ensure code reliability and quality. How do IAR Systems software development solutions assist developers in meeting regulatory and compliance requirements?

Skarin: We have many customers working with safety-critical applications, mainly within the medical and automotive industries. Our tools comply with industry standards and we use several commercial, and in-house developed test suites to make sure we conform to the standards. IAR Embedded Workbench features automatic checking of MISRA-C rules to ensure compliance during development, and also performs type checking during the linking process and runs extensive diagnostics, which ensures the reliability of the generated code. Our tools are also well integrated with test platforms supplied by companies such as Parasoft, LDRA, PRQA, and VectorCAST.

VDC: If you were to take a look a look into your crystal ball, how do see the opportunities for the embedded software market shaping up for 2013?

Skarin: The number of embedded devices is growing rapidly, and that gives a good potential. For us, the focus is on supplying the tools that the market needs. I see those tools as being able to handle complex applications, while ensuring safety and reliability of the code. The need for low power consumption is of course highly relevant during 2013, and I expect that all software suppliers will need to do even more in this area.

VDC: Thank you Stefan.

Interested in participating in VDC’s “The Embedded Software Beat” series of interviews? Please reach out and let us know.

Stefan Skarin was appointed CEO of Nocom Drift, now IAR Systems Group AB, in 2000 after Stefan Skarinestablishing an outstanding track record of sales and corporate development in the IT software industry. In 2003, Mr. Skarin turned Nocom around from bankruptcy to its best profit in 20 years. He went on to double the company’s profit year over year in both 2004 and 2005, and Nocom became the best share and best IT share at Stockholm Nasdaq. In 2005, he acquired IAR Systems and, in reshaping the focus of IAR Systems as a leading provider of software for programming embedded systems processors, Mr. Skarin made 24 acquisitions and investments in Europe.

Mr. Skarin consistently focuses on achievement. During his first year as CEO of IAR Systems, he grew the company by 22 percent, and the company experienced its best-ever sales year in 2010 across all four regions. In 2011, IAR Systems grew 26 percent and achieved record profits.  This year, IAR Systems boasts the greatest share growth in the IT sector so far in 2012.

Mr. Skarin started his career at Ericson Mobile in 1985 when the Ericson mobile phone was launched. He moved on to Oracle Nordic starting out as the finance director, and then moving on to accomplish an impressive number of sales achievements. He was Finance Director in 1987, and became CEO of Oracle Spain in 1991, where he led a major company restructuring. At 29 years old, Mr. Skarin became the youngest CEO in Oracle when he became CEO of Oracle Eastern Europe in 1992. During his tenure there, he reached the highest quota in the company –22 MUSD – and established Oracle in four countries in Eastern Europe.

After Oracle, Mr. Skarin served as CEO for Interleaf Nordic and then worked as Sales Director at Adobe, where he established Adobe Finland. His successful sales accomplishments resulted in two personal awards for the two biggest global deals in Adobe’s history.

Mr. Skarin has served on the board of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) in Sweden for three years, global SoL for two years, and he is a founding member of Academy for Change. Mr. Skarin has also had a number of speaking engagements with organizations including Save the Children International and World Wildlife Fund International in United States, Europe and Asia Pacific.