44 posts categorized "Surveys"

06/30/2011

Embedded Engineering Job Market Improving

Here is an interesting chart compiled from VDC’s embedded engineering survey from the last three years.  The 2008 / 2009 recession and unpredictable economy caused many OEMs to lower spending by reducing development staffs and delaying or canceling project starts. This situation clearly created a grim perception of the health of the job market for many embedded engineers in 2009.
 
Fast forward two years.  An improving economy and new project starts at OEMs has embedded engineers feeling more positive on the health of the job market.

HealthThis type 0f 2011 survey data and more will be available from our Track 2, Embedded System Engineering Survey Data series of syndicated reports which are scheduled for publication in August 2011. Give us a call if you want to know more about the embedded engineer survey or our 2011 Embedded Software and Tools Market Intelligence Service or click here for additional information.

06/29/2011

2011 Embedded Engineer Survey Results – Programming languages used to develop software

We received several requests recently for a 2011 update on the types of programming languages engineers are using to develop software. This has been a request that we hear quite frequently from subscribers to the blog.

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.

2011 Embedded Engineer Survey Results
Languages Used to Develop Software for Current Project
(Percent of Respondents)

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This year’s survey results continue to show C and C++ as the predominant programming languages used to develop software. The year over year data in general shows a decreasing use of C while the use of C++ is increasing. However there are differences within vertical markets for which the product under development is targeted for.  For example, for mobile phone development engineers rely more on Java and C++ while military/aerospace engineers have the highest reported use of Ada and assembly programming languages use.

Last year we received some interesting feedback from readers. Let us know through your feedback how your development project stacks up to survey respondents.

This type of survey data and more will be available from our Track 2, Embedded System Engineering Survey Data series of syndicated reports which are scheduled for publication in August 2011. Give us a call if you want to know more about the embedded engineer survey or our 2011 Embedded Software and Tools Market Intelligence Service or click here for additional information.

Related Posts:

• What languages do you use to develop software?

Evolution of Embedded Devices Driving Increasing Use of x86 Processors

Just about a year ago we posted a blog titled “Taking a Bite Out of Apple’s Playbook”.  This post included an exhibit on the use of ARM architecture in embedded development projects. We recently looked at other architectures including x86, PowerPC, and MIPS.  Here’s what the data shows for 2007 and 2010 for x86.

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The use of x86 architectures continues to increase within embedded development projects, however, at a much slower pace than what was observed and reported with the use of ARM architecture.  VDC expects that a large part of the increase is attributable to the evolution of embedded devices where a wide-range of PC-like devices (industrial, retail automation, medical, etc.) are now being developed by OEMs. These device types might not be resource constrained nor have real-time requirements that would have typified many embedded devices in the past and driven OEMs to select a smaller footprint or more deterministic RTOS. Instead they incorporate embedded operating systems such as Windows Embedded Enterprise (OSs originally designed for PCs), Windows Embedded Standard, and others that require an x86 processor.

Going forward, it will be interesting to see the impact, if any, on the future use of x86 architecture in development projects as a result of Microsoft developing future iterations of its desktop OSs for ARM architectures.  Both companies have had a long-term business relationship prior to their July 2010 announcement with Microsoft’s Windows Embedded CE/Compact -based operating systems including Windows Mobile/Phone 7 supporting the ARM architecture in device designs. The bigger question is how OEMs will respond when Windows 8 and the resulting Embedded Enterprise/Standard versions become available with support for ARM?

Stay tuned for PowerPC and MIPS results in future blog posts.

Related Posts:

·         Taking a Bite Out of Apples Playbook

03/07/2011

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

01/24/2011

VDC Research Participants Donate More than $800 to FIRST

Last fall, VDC offered engineers an opportunity to have $10 donated to FIRST, an organization intended to promote engineering and the sciences in young people, by participating in a survey on software and system development practices.  We are happy to report that we had over eighty engineers elect to have the donation be made to the non-profit in lieu of receiving a cash prize themselves – for a total of more than $800.

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We look forward to offering the opportunity to donate to this organization again in the future as part of other research projects and hope that even more of you choose to donate! 

10/21/2010

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

VDC, an independent technology research firm, is conducting research for its study of the software and systems lifecycle management tools market. The research covers technologies and practices related to embedded and enterprise/IT software systems 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 Amazon.com 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;

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

-       A summary of the 2010 Software and System Development survey findings once the survey is complete later this year.

 

To begin the survey, go to: http://bit.ly/9KXNLa

 

Thank you very much for your assistance.

Best Regards,

The VDC Embedded Software and Tools Research Team

08/20/2010

Can COTS OS Use Improve Time to Market?

Development Projects Using In-house Developed OSs more likely to be behind Schedule

 

Embedded designs based on the use of in-house developed or roll-your-own (RYO) operating systems are faced with market forces that include increased sophistication and complexity of software and hardware, time-to-market pressures, lack of manpower, and changing requirements. These market forces are similar regardless of the operating system platform in use. However, projects that use RYO are more likely to be behind schedule and late for product delivery.

 

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Technology advances have enabled OEMs to introduce a wide variety of functionality and features that have increased the complexity of software that needs to be developed for their embedded system/device designs. As requirements have changed, OEMs face increasing levels of complexity from integrating new silicon architectures to the development and integration of in-house developed, commercial and open source software. All of these issues present unique challenges to OEMs that demand a disciplined approach to developing, integrating, and rigorous testing of their designs.

 

For RYO based designs, project teams take on the added responsibility of developing, supporting, and testing their own OS. The most likely reasons for continuing to use their own OS platform are:

· Significant investments in legacy code

· Cost and time associated with retraining

· Commercial software licensing costs

· Insufficient control over the OS internals

 

However the bigger question is what is the cost of continuing to use RYO if product development is more frequently late to market? Well, some of the significant implications are budget and profitability, missed market windows, and time-in-market amongst others. Does it continue to make sense for engineering organizations to allocate scarce resources to developing software that is transparent to the end-user or to concentrate their core competencies on developing discriminating features that will be attractive to the end user?

 

VDC explores these and other critical issues within the market for solutions in the recently released report, Operating Systems, Volume 1 from Track 2 Embedded System Engineering Survey Data of VDC’s 2010 Embedded Software and Tools Market Intelligence Service. This report includes over 100 exhibits based on VDC's 2010 Embedded Engineer Survey offering detailed insight into current development and future project trends and an understanding about the dynamics of embedded development projects. Interested in learning more? Please give the practice a call.


 

08/12/2010

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.

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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.

06/15/2010

Complimentary Embedded Software and Tools Research Available

 

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Webcast June 16th: Embedded & Real-Time Operating System Market Update

The economy is recovering but that doesn’t mean that developers have stopped seeking out the most cost-effective, easy-to-use and complete solutions they can find.   Our recently published study on the embedded/ real-time operating systems market highlighted that with low cost/no cost availability, widespread developer resources and a maturing ecosystem of applications –  the use of Linux and other open source OS solutions in embedded systems is still on the rise.

As the use of Linux continues to intensify, so too does the use of the Android OS.  As device manufacturers look to take Android into new application classes beyond mobile, key players in the embedded/real-time operating system space are adapting in order to capitalize on the many associated service opportunities.

 The adoption of these OS platforms is just one of the drivers of market growth that we foresee.  We will talk about the other market trends, along with some other high-level findings from the report in our upcoming webcast June 16th

During this webcast, Steve Balacco, Director of the Embedded Software & Tools Practice, will present data from our 2010 study on embedded /real-time operating systems. Specifically, he will discuss:

  • Consolidation in the embedded and real-time operating system market;
  • Migration to commercial and open source operating systems;
  • Multicore processors and embedded software considerations;
  • Virtualization in embedded systems; and
  • Embedded engineering trends.

Details & Registration