Adopting Engineering Lifecycle Management Tools to Combat Market Uncertainty

By | 2 minute read | April 21, 2020

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It is an understatement to say we find ourselves in unprecedented times, challenging our health, our economy, and our work environments as never before. We have been listening to our clients to better understand their needs and where IBM can help. We are hearing you ask for advice on how to manage teams and product development in this ‘new normal’. On the heels the scalability enhancements recently announced, here’s how I think we can help.

As leaders and employees, there are lots of questions we must answer. How do we take care of the immediate needs of our people? How can we improve collaboration with our teams to help our employees remain engaged? How do we keep our businesses moving forward? These challenges are forcing all of us to take a hard look at our product engineering processes and transform them to ensure our processes and tools can truly enable remote working, global collaboration while maintaining visibility, traceability and confidence that our teams will deliver what’s required with high quality.

IBM Engineering has been here, providing an end-to-end approach to product engineering that can scale to manage the challenge of rising complexity and constant change.

IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM) provides the foundation for an end-to-end approach across the entire systems and software development process. You can optimize communication and collaboration between remote teams, which ensures everyone remains aligned on work tasks, reducing confusion and missteps throughout your product development. Whether you have a team of 10 or 10,000 people spread across the world, ELM solutions can help you improve decision making across the entire engineering lifecycle.

Here’s what you can do today

With your engineering teams working from home you need to focus on communication and collaboration. The IBM Engineering Workflow Management (EWM) product enables engineers to create and track progress across work items according to your team’s agile, SAFe, or custom processes. With customizable portals, report automation and real-time dashboards, EWM can help teams access the data they need, regardless of where they’re based.

Keeping remote workers in sync is much easier when leveraging a robust requirements management process. Whether you rely on document requirements or model-based requirements, IBM provides leading products for both. The IBM Engineering Requirements Management DOORS Next product with AI to evaluate requirements provides a single, intelligent source of truth that enables global collaboration. Teams get full visibility and traceability between individual requirements to test cases, as well as supporting version and variant management. IBM Engineering Systems Design Rhapsody provides a proven MBSE solution for modeling, simulation and prototyping, keeping engineers aligned to design objectives.

Reduce confusion, overlap and missteps by providing traceability and visibility across the entire development process – from requirements through testing. The IBM Engineering Test Management (ETM) product supports traceability through a digital thread, as well as continuous testing across all development stages. Teams can seamlessly share information and use automation to manage complex project schedules and reporting, ensuring everyone is on the same page.

All of these products can be integrated into IBM the IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management solution. ELM is available on premises and in the cloud, giving you flexibility to get up and running quickly, so you can focus on your organization’s ‘next normal’.

Reach out if you think we can help

We can help you navigate your dynamic engineering processes. Schedule a consultation today.