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Smarter Products and Services

The goods and services we use are getting
smarter. Now manufacturing has to as well.

10 billion The number of Internet-connected mobile devices projected for 2016, exceeding the expected population of 7.3 billion. 90% Automobile innovations related to software and electronics systems. 1 trillion Number of connected devices in the world, constituting an

The era of the one-size-fits-all product comes to an end

Remember when you needed more than a pocket to carry a camera, maps to everywhere and enough music to start your own radio station? Now, it's all in your smart phone, taking up less space than a deck of cards... which the phone can also carry, virtually. Screen a movie, deposit a check by transmitting its picture, accept credit card transactions, do nearly anything on the Internet that a netbook does at four times the size—a smart phone can handle it.

And that's only your phone. Think about how many instrumented, intelligent, interconnected products you interact with and rely on every day.


Innovate or fall behind

From automobiles to military fighter jets to artificial hearts, today's smarter products represent a new generation of capabilities that fuse software, sensors, actuators, electronics and mechanical systems.

Behind each smarter product, you'll find developers, engineers, suppliers and partners. Software engineering has taken a major role alongside electrical and mechanical engineering, now that more than two-thirds of manufacturers include embedded systems in their products. As customers demand customized, personalized, unique experiences, software drives the innovation.

Yet according to the 2011 IBM Global CIO Study (US), companies cite innovation as a top priority but recognize the inherent complexity behind it—and many don't feel prepared to handle it.


In fact, eight out of ten CEOs anticipate increased complexity ahead; only half say they are prepared to handle it. The difference between success and failure resides in mastering the design, development and management of these products and their related systems throughout their life cycle.

8 in 10 CEOs anticipate significant complaxity ahead. 79% 30% complexity gap 49% 1/2 feel prepared to handle it. Souce: 2010 IBM CEO Study.



Lines of software code in Ford vehicles (millions). 100M Average luxury auto. 20M Navigation system in 2009 S-Class Mercedes-Benz. 10M Auerage 2010 Ford auto. 6.5M Boeing 787 Dreamliner. 5.7M U.S Air Force F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. 1.7M U.S Air Force F-22 Raptor Jet. 10M 2010 6M 2009 2.4M 2005.Source: IEEE: Automotive Designline.

Product development solutions

As a leader in product lifecycle management (PLM) (US), IBM offers the industry expertise, solutions, and secure and scalable infrastructure to provide unique business value through PLM integration, collaboration and technology.

IBM solutions for insight and product innovation (US) are helping product development companies design, deliver and manage smarter products with a focus on the four core client priorities:


Meet the experts

Chief Evangelist, IBM Rational

Bruce Powel Douglass,
Chief Evangelist, IBM Rational

  • About Bruce

    Bruce has specialized in development of real-time and embedded systems and software for more than 30 years. Read more. (US)

  • Connect with Bruce

Dr. Murray Cantor, IBM Distinguished Engineer

Dr. Murray Cantor, IBM Distinguished Engineer

Grady Booch, Chief Scientist, IBM Research

Grady Booch, Chief Scientist, IBM Research


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